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Algonac, Michigan

Algonac, Michigan
City
Location of Algonac, Michigan
Location of Algonac, Michigan
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Michigan
County St. Clair
Government
 • Mayor Irene Bird
Area[1]
 • Total 1.44 sq mi (3.73 km2)
 • Land 1.43 sq mi (3.70 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 581 ft (177 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 4,110
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 4,047
 • Density 2,874.1/sq mi (1,109.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-01180[4]
GNIS feature ID 1624342[5]

Algonac is a city in St. Clair County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,110 at the 2010 census.

Algonac is located at the southern end of the St. Clair River, just before it splits into a large delta region known as the St. Clair Flats. (Coordinates ) The St. Clair River drains Lake Huron into Lake St. Clair and is part of the Great Lakes Waterway.

At the center of Algonac is Algonac City Park, a park which contains a half-mile long boardwalk along the St. Clair River. Just to the north of the city is Algonac State Park.

Algonac was the birthplace of Emily Helen Butterfield, artist and first woman to be licensed as an architect in Michigan. She was famous for innovations in church architecture. It was the home of Chris-Craft boat company; the maker of the first mass-produced speed boats. It was also the home of Gar Wood the first great speed boat racer.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 census 3.1
    • 2000 census 3.2
  • Transportation 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

Algonac was first settled by John Martin in 1805.[6] The area was then known as Manchester or Pointe Du Chene ("point of the oak").[7] In 1836, it was the fourth village laid out on the St. Clair River.[8] In 1863, it was described as containing "a church, two or three saw-mills, a grist-mill, woollen factory, and about 700 inhabitants".[9]

Geography

  • According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.44 square miles (3.73 km2), of which 1.43 square miles (3.70 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[1]
  • Algonac is situated on what is called "the largest fresh-water delta in the world", at the mouth of the St. Clair River. Many canals wind their way throughout the city, which has given Algonac its nickname of "The Venice of Michigan."

Demographics

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 4,110 people, 1,756 households, and 1,082 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,874.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,109.7/km2). There were 2,040 housing units at an average density of 1,426.6 per square mile (550.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.3% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 1,756 households of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 42.3 years. 21.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 30.8% were from 45 to 64; and 15.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,613 people, 1,871 households, and 1,212 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,291.7 per square mile (1,272.2/km²). There were 2,014 housing units at an average density of 1,437.1 per square mile (555.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.36% White, 0.15% African American, 0.95% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population.

There were 1,871 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,133, and the median income for a family was $55,000. Males had a median income of $41,644 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,441. About 8.6% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

(Michigan) and Walpole Island (Ontario). Just to the west of the city, ferry service is also offered to Harsens Island.

  • Ferry Service: Near Algonac's city center, ferry service is available to Russell Island
  • Bus Service: The Blue Water Area Transportation Commission operates a Port Huron-to-Chesterfield Twp bus service morning and evening Monday-Friday that passes through Algonac via M-29. This connects with the SMART system of Metro Detroit.

See also

References

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  6. ^ Romig, Walter. Michigan Place Names (Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig, not dated) p. 17
  7. ^ Royce, Julie (2006). Traveling Michigan's Thumb, p. 5. Dog Ear Publishing.
  8. ^ Western Historical Company (1883).History of St. Clair County, Michigan, p. 256. A. T. Andreas & Co.
  9. ^ Disturnell, John (1863). The Great Lakes, or Inland Seas of America, p. 68. Charles Scribner.
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External links

  • Official City Website
  • Algonac State Park - Michigan DNR website
  • Algonac High School - local public high school
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