Gaines, Michigan

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Gaines is a village in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 366 at the 2000 census. The village is within Gaines Township.



The village was incorporated under the General Law Village Act provisions. The governing body is the Village Council which comprises the Village President and 6 trustees. The trustees and President are elected. Treasurer and Clerk are hired. The trustee are elected for two-year terms. The elected officers are elected to one year terms.[3]

Village Council


The Village of Gaines did not see a settler until 1856. The first passenger train passed through the future village site on July 4, 1856 and a post office was established that same year.[4] The Grand Trunk Western Railroad depot, built in 1884, now houses a library branch.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²), all land which lies within Gaines Township at the border with Argentine Township.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 366 people, 143 households, and 98 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,205.5 per square mile (471.0/km²). There were 155 housing units at an average density of 510.5/sq mi (199.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.72% White, 1.91% African American, 0.55% Asian, 1.37% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.64% of the population.

There were 143 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the village the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 104.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

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