Sebewaing, Michigan

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Sebewaing is a village in Huron County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,974 at the 2000 census. The village is within Sebewaing Township. This small community is known as the Sugar Beet Capital, due to the Michigan Sugar slicing mill located within the village and the yearly Michigan Sugar Festival. The Sebewaing area, the Thumb, and the state of Michigan overall are big beet sugar producers, mostly for US consumption.



  • According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.3 km²), of which, 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (4.19%) is water. Its name derives from the Ojibwe word ziibiiweng meaning "by the stream."
  • It is considered to be part of the Thumb of Michigan, which in turn is a subregion of the Flint/Tri-Cities.


The town's name was derived from the Algonquian language of Native Americans, the original inhabitants of the area.

Beginning in the mid-19th century, the town was settled by many migrants of German ancestry. In 1880 the E.O. Braendle Brewery began operations. In 1927 it was renamed, and the Sebewaing Brewing Company [3] brewed many types of German-style beer in the town until 1985.[4] The Michigan Brewing company in Webberville, Michigan has resurrected some of the brands, using authentic formulae and labels.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,974 people 868 households, and 547 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,232.4 per square mile (476.4/km²). There were 946 housing units at an average density of 590.6/sq mi (228.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.99% White, 0.10% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.34% of the population.

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