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Allen, Michigan
Village
Looking east along W. Chicago Road (US 12)
Looking east along W. Chicago Road (US 12)
Nickname(s): 
"Antique Capital of Michigan"
Location within Hillsdale County
Location within Hillsdale County
Country United States
State Michigan
County Hillsdale
Township Allen
Settled 1827
Platted 1868
Incorporated 1950
Area
 • Total 0.17 sq mi (0.45 km2)
 • Land 0.17 sq mi (0.45 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,076 ft (328 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 191
 • Estimate 
(2019)
190
 • Density 1,091.95/sq mi (422.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49227
Area code(s) 517
FIPS code 26-01300
GNIS feature ID 2397933

Allen is a village in Hillsdale County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 191 at the 2010 census.

The village is within Allen Township at the junction of U.S. Route 12 and M-49. With a total land area of only 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2), Allen is the fourth smallest village by land area in the state of Michigan and the fifth smallest municipality overall after Ahmeek, Copper City, Novi Township, and Eagle.

History

War of 1812 veteran Captain Moses Allen and his family journeyed here along the Sauk trail and settled here in 1827 in an area that became known as "Allen's Prairie". On July 13, 1830, a post office was established named "Sylvanus", due to being in a wooded area. The office closed on September 5, 1834, and was reestablished on September 9, 1835. It was renamed "Allen" in honor of Captain Allen on August 17, 1868. A plat for what was already a thriving village was also recorded in 1868. It was a station on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway and incorporated as a village in 1950.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 594
1960 325
1970 385 18.5%
1980 266 −30.9%
1990 201 −24.4%
2000 225 11.9%
2010 191 −15.1%
2019 (est.) 190 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 191 people, 80 households, and 51 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,193.8 inhabitants per square mile (460.9/km2). There were 94 housing units at an average density of 587.5 per square mile (226.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.9% White, 1.0% Asian, and 1.0% from two or more races.

There were 80 households, of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.3% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the village was 45.8 years. 19.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64; and 24.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

Transportation

  • US 12
  • M-49

Notable people

  • Charles Edward St. John, astronomer who was born in Allen
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