Vanderbilt, Michigan

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Vanderbilt is a village in Otsego County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 587 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 587 people, 241 households, and 148 families residing in the village. The population density was 530.6 per square mile (204.2/km²). There were 269 housing units at an average density of 243.2/sq mi (93.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.79% White, 0.17% African American, 1.70% Native American, and 0.34% from two or more races.

There were 241 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $27,969, and the median income for a family was $37,857. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $19,875 for females. The per capita income for the village was $11,973. None of the families and 6.8% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 8.9% of those over 64.


The Vanderbilt family owned some land in Corwith Township that was settled about 1875. When the Michigan Central Railroad (also owned by the Vanderbilts) came through in 1880, the village of Vanderbilt was set up there. It was formally incorporated as a village in 1901.

On February 9, 1934, the temperature in Vanderbilt fell to −51°F (−46°C), the coldest ever recorded in Michigan.[citation needed]


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