Lawton, Michigan

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Lawton is a village in Van Buren County of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 1,859.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there are 1,859 people, 610 households, and 428 families residing in the village. The population density is 823.0 per square mile (317.6/km²). There are 668 housing units at an average density of 295.7/sq mi (114.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village is 90.75% White, 1.24% Afican-American, 0.75% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 3.98% from other races, and 3.23% from two or more races. 11.62% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 610 households out of which 38.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% are married couples living together, 15.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% are non-families. 24.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.63 and the average family size is 3.12.

In the village the population is spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 77.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village is $36,250, and the median income for a family is $40,909. Males have a median income of $32,614 versus $25,208 for females. The per capita income for the village is $15,600. 11.5% of the population and 6.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 8.2% of those under the age of 18 and 16.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Social scene

The tiny Old Hat Brewery is Lawton's contribution to Michigan's booming craft beer scene. Old Hat originally opened as Duster's, until Larry Bell of the then-Kalamazoo Brewing Company (now Bell's Brewery, Inc.) bought the pub and sent his brewer Tom "Elvis" Fuller to run it. The brewery's name has a double meaning, both the idea that brewing good beer is "old hat," and also a recognition of Larry Bell's affinity for hats. A wide selection of hats is displayed above the bar, and an indication of the conviviality of the pub is when customers take down the hats to wear and trade among themselves.

Across the street from Old Hat is Big T, a local restaurant known for its wide selection of beers. This has been one of Lawtons most popular Tourist Restraunt for many years.

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