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Alanson, Michigan
Village
Village of Alanson
Downtown Alanson along U.S. Route 31
Downtown Alanson along U.S. Route 31
Location within Emmet County
Location within Emmet County
Country United States
State Michigan
County Emmet
Township Littlefield
Settled 1875
Incorporated 1905
Government
 • Type Village council
Area
 • Total 1.02 sq mi (2.63 km2)
 • Land 0.98 sq mi (2.55 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation
617 ft (188 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 738
 • Estimate 
(2019)
764
 • Density 775.63/sq mi (299.41/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49706
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-00860
GNIS feature ID 2397921

Alanson ( ə-LAN-sən) is a village in Emmet County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 738 at the 2010 census.

Alanson is in Littlefield Township on U.S. Highway 31 at the junction with M-68. Petoskey is about 12 miles (19 km) southwest on US 31 and Mackinaw City and the Mackinac Bridge are about 25 miles (40 km) north. Interstate 75 is about 11 miles (18 km) to the east on M-68 at Indian River.

Alanson was first settled in 1875. The Alanson post office opened with the name Hinman on January 17, 1877, and changed to Alanson on June 22, 1882.

Attractions

Alanson Michigan Sign US31
Sign on US 31

Located on the Crooked River, Alanson is part of the Inland Water Route, which includes: Crooked, Burt and Mullett lakes, and the Crooked, Indian and Cheboygan rivers. The Inland Water Route Historical Society Museum is located in Alanson.

Alanson also has a hillside garden located adjacent to the former Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad depot. The village has added a nice library in the community center. Both the town and the Crooked River are mentioned in a song title on the Sufjan Stevens album, Michigan.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.02 square miles (2.64 km2), of which 0.99 square miles (2.56 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 473
1920 332 −29.8%
1930 287 −13.6%
1940 330 15.0%
1950 319 −3.3%
1960 290 −9.1%
1970 362 24.8%
1980 508 40.3%
1990 677 33.3%
2000 785 16.0%
2010 738 −6.0%
2019 (est.) 764 3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
Littlefield Alanson Community Building
Littlefield Alanson Community Building

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 738 people, 307 households, and 209 families residing in the village. The population density was 745.5 inhabitants per square mile (287.8/km2). There were 429 housing units at an average density of 433.3 per square mile (167.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 92.4% White, 5.0% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 307 households, of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.9% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the village was 36.3 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.4% male and 49.6% female.

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