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Addison, Michigan
Village of Addison
Looking west along Main Street toward US 127
Looking west along Main Street toward US 127
Location within Lenawee County
Location within Lenawee County
Addison, Michigan is located in Michigan
Addison, Michigan
Addison, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Addison, Michigan is located in the United States
Addison, Michigan
Addison, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Lenawee
Townships Rollin and Woodstock
Incorporated 1893
 • Total 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Land 0.95 sq mi (2.47 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
1,066 ft (325 m)
 • Total 605
 • Estimate 
 • Density 610.47/sq mi (235.61/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 517
FIPS code 26-00380
GNIS feature ID 2397912

Addison is a village in Lenawee County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 605 at the 2010 census. The village is located on the boundary between Rollin Township on the south and Woodstock Township on the north.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), of which 0.96 square miles (2.49 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.


In 1834, when John Talbot settled along a winding creek in the infancy of southeast Michigan’s history, the area was a vast forest, dotted with clear blue lakes and occupied by the Potawatomi. With the raising of a simple grist mill along Bean Creek around December 1835, Addison’s history was started, operating under the settlement name “Manetue.”

Having failed to secure a spot along the river that provided enough water power to run his mill, Talbot dismantled the settlement and moved to the present location of Addison, and by the fall of 1836, milling operations restarted. The town was renamed “Peru” by 1838, and over the next generation would be given several other monikers before the final name of Addison was entered onto plat maps in 1851. Addison J. Comstock, a banker from Adrian, Michigan, purchased a sizable plat of the pioneer town and changed the identity to reflect this acquisition. The village itself was incorporated as such in 1893.

The village grew sufficiently to attract the railroad in 1883, an event which contributed to a sudden expanse of Addison’s local economy. Businesses came to Addison in great numbers, as well as a three-story hotel, designed to cater to the visiting tourist. The Addison Courier newspaper started its 76-year run in 1884, and the economic upturn brought on by the railroad continued well after the line ceased to operate through Addison.

One of Addison’s last landmarks, the old grist mill built in 1848, was removed in 1980. Despite the economic downturn of the village in the last half of the 20th century, a large 3-day sesquicentennial celebration was held in 1984. Additionally, a 175th Anniversary celebration spanning only one day was held in the village on August 8, 2009.

Today, Addison is a quiet burg, comparable to the size it was in the 1860s. Around two-dozen businesses and institutions occupy the town limits.

In 1976, a small booklet on the town history was assembled by Addison historian Alice Slocum, followed in 1997 by a 225-page illustrated book by local author Dan Cherry. A follow-up companion volume was released in 2013.

Addison got its own radio station in August 2014 with the sign-on of WQAR-LP "Q95 the Panther" at 95.7 FM. The station is owned by Addison Community Schools and programmed by students with classic rock music.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 291
1890 425 46.0%
1900 470 10.6%
1910 474 0.9%
1920 416 −12.2%
1930 452 8.7%
1940 465 2.9%
1950 488 4.9%
1960 575 17.8%
1970 595 3.5%
1980 655 10.1%
1990 632 −3.5%
2000 627 −0.8%
2010 605 −3.5%
2019 (est.) 583 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 605 people, 245 households, and 156 families residing in the village. The population density was 630.2 inhabitants per square mile (243.3/km2). There were 274 housing units at an average density of 285.4 per square mile (110.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.0% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 245 households, of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.3% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the village was 35.1 years. 26.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 10% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 10.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.


  • US 127 (Steer Street) intersects Main Street.

Notable people

  • Maxine Kline, professional baseball player of 1940s, was raised in Addison.
  • Joseph H. Steere, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, was born in Addison.
  • Nick Smith, retired politician, born in Addison and 1953 Addison High School graduate. Served politically at the local, state and National level.
  • John Randolph Bray, early animator, lived in Addison as a child. His father was a traveling minister who served the Methodist-Episcopal Church in Addison for a time.

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