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Cass City, Michigan
Village
Main Street (M-81), Cass City
Main Street (M-81), Cass City
Motto(s): 
"each step in the right direction"
Location of Cass City, Michigan
Location of Cass City, Michigan
Coordinates: 43°35′58″N 83°10′35″W / 43.59944°N 83.17639°W / 43.59944; -83.17639Coordinates: 43°35′58″N 83°10′35″W / 43.59944°N 83.17639°W / 43.59944; -83.17639
Country United States
State Michigan
County Tuscola
Township Elkland
Named for Cass River
Area
 • Total 1.77 sq mi (4.58 km2)
 • Land 1.76 sq mi (4.57 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
745 ft (227 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,428
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,276
 • Density 1,289.52/sq mi (497.99/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
48726
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-13880
GNIS feature ID 0622846
Website Village of Cass City, Michigan

Cass City is a village in Elkland Township, Tuscola County in the Flint/Tri-Cities area of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,428 at the 2010 U.S. Census and 2,643 at the 2000 U.S. Census (a decrease of about 8%). It is located along M-81 approximately four miles (6.4 km) west of that highway's intersection with M-53. Cass City is surrounded by several communities including Colwood, Deford, Elmwood and Ellington.

History

The village and the nearby Cass River are both named after General Lewis Cass, the territorial governor of Michigan in the earlier 19th century and the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 1848. It is currently within Michigan's 10th congressional district.

A sawmill was established at this location in 1851. Farming settlers first came here in 1855. Cass City was incorporated as a village in 1883.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.79 square miles (4.64 km2), of which 1.78 square miles (4.61 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 313
1890 813 159.7%
1900 1,113 36.9%
1910 1,126 1.2%
1920 1,228 9.1%
1930 1,201 −2.2%
1940 1,362 13.4%
1950 1,762 29.4%
1960 1,945 10.4%
1970 1,974 1.5%
1980 2,258 14.4%
1990 2,276 0.8%
2000 2,643 16.1%
2010 2,428 −8.1%
2019 (est.) 2,276 −6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,428 people, 1,024 households, and 627 families living in the village. The population density was 1,364.0 inhabitants per square mile (526.6/km2). There were 1,177 housing units at an average density of 661.2 per square mile (255.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.9% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 1,024 households, of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.8% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the village was 43.7 years. 21.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 22.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.

In the media

Parts of the 1983 film Going Back were filmed in and around Cass City. The marquee of the historic Cass movie theater appears in one of the film's segments.

Climate

This climatic region has 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, Cass City has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

Climate data for Cass City, Michigan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) -1.1
(30)
0.6
(33)
6.1
(43)
13.9
(57)
20
(68)
25.6
(78)
27.2
(81)
26.7
(80)
23.3
(74)
15.6
(60)
8.3
(47)
1.1
(34)
13.9
(57)
Average low °C (°F) -10
(14)
-8.9
(16)
-5
(23)
1.1
(34)
6.7
(44)
13.3
(56)
15
(59)
13.9
(57)
10
(50)
4.4
(40)
-0.6
(31)
-6.7
(20)
2.8
(37)
Precipitation mm (inches) 46
(1.8)
43
(1.7)
51
(2)
79
(3.1)
81
(3.2)
84
(3.3)
74
(2.9)
84
(3.3)
107
(4.2)
69
(2.7)
71
(2.8)
53
(2.1)
838
(33)
Source: Weatherbase

Economy

Agriculture is a central part of the Cass City economy, along with a small amount of industry (including Walbro Corp.).

Education

Cass City is home to one of the campuses of the Baker College System, with programs that include the Accelerated Bachelor of Business degree as well as classes in health science, early childhood education, and automotive services technology. Public schools are managed by Cass City Public Schools.

Notable people

  • Larry MacPhail, Hall of Fame executive with Major League Baseball; born in Cass City
  • Brewster H. Shaw, NASA astronaut, a U.S. Air Force colonel, and executive at Boeing; born in Cass City
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