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Baldwin, Michigan
Lake County Courthouse
Lake County Courthouse
Location of Baldwin in Lake County, Michigan
Location of Baldwin in Lake County, Michigan
Baldwin, Michigan is located in Michigan
Baldwin, Michigan
Baldwin, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Baldwin, Michigan is located in the United States
Baldwin, Michigan
Baldwin, Michigan
Location in the United States
Baldwin, Michigan is located in North America
Baldwin, Michigan
Baldwin, Michigan
Location in North America
Country United States
State Michigan
County Lake
 • Total 1.27 sq mi (3.28 km2)
 • Land 1.26 sq mi (3.28 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
856 ft (261 m)
 • Total 863
 • Estimate 
 • Density 852.96/sq mi (329.31/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-04940
GNIS feature ID 2398022

Baldwin is a village in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 863 at the 2020 census. It is the county seat of Lake County. The village is located on the boundary between Webber Township on the north and Pleasant Plains Township on the south, with the larger portion lying in Pleasant Plains.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.26 square miles (3.26 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 165
1890 429 160.0%
1900 343 −20.0%
1910 502 46.4%
1920 471 −6.2%
1930 518 10.0%
1940 612 18.1%
1950 835 36.4%
1960 835 0.0%
1970 612 −26.7%
1980 674 10.1%
1990 821 21.8%
2000 1,107 34.8%
2010 1,208 9.1%
2020 863 −28.6%
2020 (est.) 1,079 −10.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,208 people, 404 households, and 190 families residing in the village. The population density was 958.7 inhabitants per square mile (370.2/km2). There were 478 housing units at an average density of 379.4 per square mile (146.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 62.8% White, 29.0% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 6.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population.

There were 404 households, of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 24.0% were married couples living together, 19.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 53.0% were non-families. 49.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the village was 36.8 years. 20.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.5% were from 25 to 44; 23% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 53.3% male and 46.7% female.


Baldwin is served by the Baldwin Community Schools school district, including Baldwin High School. A "Baldwin Promise" promises funding for college education in Michigan of all Baldwin High School graduates.


Pere Marquette River in Autumn Manistee National Forest
Tourists canoeing on the Pere Marquette River in the Manistee National Forest.

Baldwin is primarily a tourist town. As such, much of its economy is based around the summer months. Lake County sports many lakes and rivers, as well as the vast wilderness of the Manistee National Forest. Many come to Baldwin on vacation to camp, canoe, fish, or hunt.

The Shrine of the Pines is a noted tourist attraction.

The nearby Pere Marquette River is one of America's Blue Ribbon fisheries and sportfishing is a major contributor to the local economy.

The nearby Baldwin River, a tributary of the Pere Marquette River, is the site of the first planting of German Brown Trout in the United States on April 11, 1884.

Private Prison

The North Lake Correctional Facility is a private, for-profit, maximum security prison that was constructed in the late 1990s in Baldwin by the Wackenhut Corrections Co. (now the GEO Group). The prison was originally built to house Michigan’s youth offenders, but the state withdrew its charges from the facility. The GEO group expanded the prison from 500 to 1,700 beds; by 2005 it was vacant. For a brief time it housed some inmates from California in 2011 but was soon closed again.

In June 2015, GEO Group contracted for two years with the state of Vermont to house 280 high-security inmates convicted of crimes in the state of Vermont in the North Lake Correctional Facility. It was far from home; many had previously been housed in private prison facilities in Kentucky and Arizona.

This contract was facilitated by the state legislature enacting a bill to support the private prison, specifically to authorize incarceration of high-security inmates at this facility. Lake Country Republican Rep. Jon Bumstead had sponsored a bill in the Michigan Legislature to raise the security rating of the North Lake facility to Michigan's highest in order to accomplish this. The Michigan Senate voted 23-14 to remove the former restrictive provision, making it legal for the GEO Group to house out-of-state prisoners of all security classifications in Baldwin.

As Lake County has high poverty and unemployment rates, legislators thought the expanded prison could provide some jobs to local residents. County Commissioner Dan Sloan stated that as many as 150 jobs would result from the transfer of out-of-state prisoners to the facility. In December 2016 GEO Group told Vermont that it would not renew its contract with the state in June 2017; some 256 long-term prisoners from Vermont are being held at this prison.

Notable person

See also

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