Wayland, Michigan

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Wayland is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,939 at the 2000 census.

The city is located at the northwest corner of Wayland Township, but is politically independent. The city has also incorporated a portion of land in the south of adjacent Leighton Township. U.S. Route 131 forms the western boundary of the city. A portion of Gun Lake also resides in Wayland, which is a popular summer time area because of the so called "Party Island" that resides in the very large lake. Al Capone actually owned a house overlooking the vast lake front.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.6 km²), of which, 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.37%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,939 people, 1,466 households, and 1,027 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,363.8 per square mile (526.2/km²). There were 1,591 housing units at an average density of 550.8/sq mi (212.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.75% White, 0.63% African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.08% of the population.

There were 1,466 households out of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 14.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,852, and the median income for a family was $50,298. Males had a median income of $35,811 versus $25,786 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,077. About 6.7% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

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