Stockbridge, Michigan

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Stockbridge is a village in Stockbridge Township, Ingham County in the U.S. state of Michigan, and lies 36.4 miles (58.58 kilometers) from downtown Lansing, Michigan. The population was 1,260 at the 2000 census.

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History

The area that is now Stockbridge was originally settled in 1835 by Elijah Smith and Herman Lowe. The town was originally named Perkins by Elijah Smith, after his hometown in the state of New York. In 1838, the town was renamed Stockbridge after the township, and formally incorporated as a village in 1889.

Stockbridge was part of a vegetable growing region once known as "the salad bowl," which attracted large numbers of farm workers from Kentucky in the 1930s. Many of these families remain in Stockbridge today and it is common for Stockbridge natives to quip that 'everyone in this town is related.' The first vegetable farmer to move to Stockbridge was Veril Baldwin in 1934.

Today, visitors can still see the deep black soil of the onion farms that attracted workers in the early 20th century and still produce the crops today.[citation needed]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²) of it is land and 0.68% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,260 people, 480 households, and 322 families residing in the village. The population density was 866.1 per square mile (335.5/km²). There were 510 housing units at an average density of 350.6/sq mi (135.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.70% White, 0.79% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.48% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.

There were 480 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.17.

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