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Caspian, Michigan
Location within Iron County
Location within Iron County
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Coordinates: 46°3′49″N 88°37′44″W / 46.06361°N 88.62889°W / 46.06361; -88.62889
Country United States
State Michigan
County Iron
Village incorporate 1918
City incorporate 1949
Area
 • Total 1.43 sq mi (3.69 km2)
 • Land 1.43 sq mi (3.69 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,496 ft (456 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 906
 • Estimate 
(2019)
845
 • Density 592.15/sq mi (228.71/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
49915
Area code(s) 906
FIPS code 26-13860
GNIS feature ID 1619449

Caspian is a city in Iron County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 906 at the time of the 2010 census. The city has an Italian heritage.

History

The location first received a station on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad in 1884 and has been known by the names of Spring Valley and Newtown. Caspian was founded and platted with the name Palatka in 1901. It was a headquarters for a mining company, Voroner Mining Company. Voroner operated three mines, Baltic, Caspian, and Fogarty mines. With the expansion of the mines, a second adjacent village named Caspian was founded in 1908. The post office move there. The location was poor and a new adjacent village called New Caspian was formed in 1909. The whole area was incorporated as the village of Caspian in 1918.

Caspian became a city in 1949.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.43 square miles (3.70 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,912
1930 1,888 −1.3%
1940 1,797 −4.8%
1950 1,608 −10.5%
1960 1,493 −7.2%
1970 1,165 −22.0%
1980 1,038 −10.9%
1990 1,031 −0.7%
2000 997 −3.3%
2010 906 −9.1%
2019 (est.) 845 −6.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 906 people, 430 households, and 226 families residing in the city. The population density was 633.6 inhabitants per square mile (244.6/km2). There were 527 housing units at an average density of 368.5 per square mile (142.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 1.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 430 households, of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.3% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.4% were non-families. 41.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 24.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age in the city was 46.4 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.5% were from 25 to 44; 28.2% were from 45 to 64; and 23.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

Climate

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Caspian has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

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