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Brooklyn, Michigan
Village
Village of Brooklyn
Looking south along Main Street (M-50)
Looking south along Main Street (M-50)
Motto(s): 
" A Place For All Seasons"
Location within Jackson County
Location within Jackson County
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Coordinates: 42°06′21″N 84°14′56″W / 42.10583°N 84.24889°W / 42.10583; -84.24889Coordinates: 42°06′21″N 84°14′56″W / 42.10583°N 84.24889°W / 42.10583; -84.24889
Country United States
State Michigan
County Jackson
Township Columbia
Founded 1832
Government
 • Type Village council
Area
 • Total 1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Land 1.01 sq mi (2.61 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
991 ft (303 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,206
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,176
 • Density 1,164.36/sq mi (449.73/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49230
Area code(s) 517
FIPS code 26-11000
GNIS feature ID 2397467

Brooklyn is a village in Jackson County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,206 at the 2010 census. It is located in the Irish Hills region of southern Michigan, just north of U.S. Route 12 along M-50. The village is located within Columbia Township.

The village is well known for its proximity to Michigan International Speedway, which is just south in Cambridge Township.

History

The village was founded by Calvin Swain, who filed the first land claim on June 16, 1832 and named his settlement Swainsville. In a town meeting vote on August 5, 1836, the community elected to change the town's name to Brooklyn. The town is named after Brooklyn, New York.

A sign marking Swain's historical discovery currently stands in the town square.

Street Art: In 2015 a small street art revolution happened along Monroe and water streets. Artists were brought in by local resident Josh Mitoska and several large scale wall murals were painted by Bonus Saves, THOR,PHYBR, Andrew Hall, And world-famous female artist from Paris KASHINK-, as well as others. The art has brought in a large amount of outside visitors to the area as well as drawn some criticism from local residents with one resident citing "This is becoming a circus"

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.02 square miles (2.64 km2), of which 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 334
1870 544 62.9%
1880 470 −13.6%
1890 596 26.8%
1900 494 −17.1%
1910 662 34.0%
1920 611 −7.7%
1930 733 20.0%
1940 749 2.2%
1950 862 15.1%
1960 986 14.4%
1970 1,112 12.8%
1980 1,110 −0.2%
1990 1,027 −7.5%
2000 1,176 14.5%
2010 1,206 2.6%
2019 (est.) 1,176 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,206 people, 577 households, and 306 families living in the village. The population density was 1,194.1 inhabitants per square mile (461.0/km2). There were 661 housing units at an average density of 654.5 per square mile (252.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.9% White, 0.2% African American, 0.7% Native American, 1.3% Asian, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 577 households, of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.7% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.0% were non-families. 41.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the village was 43.6 years. 22.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.9% were from 45 to 64; and 23% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 43.4% male and 56.6% female.

Notable people

  • Ethlyn T. Clough (1858–1936), American newspaper publisher, editor
  • Vivian Kellogg, first baseman in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; lived in Brooklyn; the Vivian Kellogg Field was dedicated at the Columbia Little League complex.
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