Douglas, Michigan

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Douglas (officially known as the City of the Village of Douglas) is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,214 at the 2000 census. The city is surrounded by Saugatuck Township and the city of Saugatuck is adjacent on the north.

On December 13, 2004, residents voted to adopt a charter changing the status of the village into a city form of government. Under Michigan law, cities are independent entities whereas villages are part of the township. The official name is City of the Village of Douglas.

Douglas, originally known as Dudleyville, was first settled in 1851 as a lumber mill town. In 1861, residents changed the name to Douglas. Reportedly the name was chosen to honor the American statesman Stephen A. Douglas, but other reports indicate that a relative of the original owner of the land also suggested the name because he came from Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man. Douglas was incorporated as a village in 1870.

Area sawmills provided much of the lumber used to rebuild Chicago after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. After most of the harvestable trees in the area were cleared by the lumber industry, the area became a center for growing and shipping fruit, especially peaches. Tourism and resorts also became an important part of the area economy.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (6.91%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,214 people, 587 households, and 284 families residing in the city. The population density was 691.6 per square mile (266.3/km²). There were 853 housing units at an average density of 486.0/sq mi (187.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.87% White, 0.58% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.74% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.64% of the population.

There were 587 households out of which 18.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.6% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 51.6% were non-families. 43.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.91 and the average family size was 2.60.

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