Lawrence, Michigan

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Lawrence is a village in Van Buren County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,059 at the 2000 census. The village is located within Lawrence Township. Home of noted journalist Paul Garrod and the annual Ox Roast and Homecoming festival. Area recognized Farmer's Market runs June-October annually in the Village Park. Location of the Van Buren Intermediate School District campus and Conference Center. Certified Business Park.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,059 people, 392 households, and 268 families residing in the village. The population density was 600.4 per square mile (232.3/km²). There were 434 housing units at an average density of 246.1/sq mi (95.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 79.32% White, 3.78% African American, 1.51% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 9.54% from other races, and 5.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.32% of the population.

There were 392 households out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the village the population was spread out with 31.2% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 80.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $29,583, and the median income for a family was $38,672. Males had a median income of $26,667 versus $20,568 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,169. About 13.1% of families and 19.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.6% of those under age 18 and 25.8% of those age 65 or over.

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