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Bellaire, Michigan
Village of Bellaire
Antrim County Courthouse in Bellaire
Location within Antrim County
Location within Antrim County
Bellaire, Michigan is located in Michigan
Bellaire, Michigan
Bellaire, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Antrim
Townships Forest Home and Kearney
Settled 1879
Incorporated 1891
 • Type Village council
 • Total 1.99 sq mi (5.16 km2)
 • Land 1.87 sq mi (4.84 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.33 km2)
627 ft (191 m)
 • Total 1,086
 • Estimate 
 • Density 570.66/sq mi (220.38/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-06980
GNIS feature ID 2398074

Bellaire is a village in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Antrim County. The village is located in Forest Home and Kearney townships. The historic Antrim County Courthouse is located in Bellaire. The Antrim Review, the county's newspaper of record, is headquartered in Bellaire.


The Bellaire post office opened under the name Keno on June 20, 1879 and changed to Bellaire on May 26, 1880. Also, in 1880, Bellaire became the county seat of Antrim County, a position that Elk Rapids had previously had. The Chicago & West Michigan Railroad built a depot in Bellaire in 1891, and the East Jordan & Southern Railroad built another line into the town in 1901. For years, Bellaire was a major railroad center in Antrim County, so the town attracted many industrial corporations. For example, the wooden bowl company (which made wooded utensils) built a factory in Bellaire because of the ease of transportation. Bellaire remained a transportation center until 1962, when the East Jordan and Southern abandoned their trackage through Bellaire, and the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (which was using the former Chicago and West Michigan line) followed suit in 1982. Bellaire is home to the Short's Brewing Company.


The village is located on the boundary between Forest Home Township on the west and Kearney Township on the east, separated by the Intermediate River with the larger portion within Kearney Township. The Bellaire ZIP code, 49615, serves large portions of both townships, as well as portions of Central Lake Township to the north, Chestonia Township to the east, Custer Township to the south, and Helena Township to the southwest.

M-88 passes through the village, with Central Lake approximately 8 miles to the north and Mancelona approximately 10 miles to the southeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.97 square miles (5.10 km2), of which, 1.84 square miles (4.77 km2) of it is land and 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 65
1900 1,157
1910 1,050 −9.2%
1920 624 −40.6%
1930 517 −17.1%
1940 652 26.1%
1950 693 6.3%
1960 689 −0.6%
1970 897 30.2%
1980 1,063 18.5%
1990 1,104 3.9%
2000 1,164 5.4%
2010 1,086 −6.7%
2019 (est.) 1,066 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,086 people, 456 households, and 277 families residing in the village. The population density was 590.2 inhabitants per square mile (227.9/km2). There were 549 housing units at an average density of 298.4 per square mile (115.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.2% White, 0.1% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 456 households, of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.3% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the village was 42.2 years. 23.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.5% were from 25 to 44; 30.7% were from 45 to 64; and 16.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

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