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Dansville, Michigan
Village of Dansville
Location within Ingham County
Location within Ingham County
Dansville, Michigan is located in Michigan
Dansville, Michigan
Dansville, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Dansville, Michigan is located in the United States
Dansville, Michigan
Dansville, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Ingham
Township Ingham
Settled 1844
Incorporated 1867
 • Type Village council
 • Total 1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Land 1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
961 ft (293 m)
 • Total 563
 • Estimate 
 • Density 566.17/sq mi (218.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 517
FIPS code 26-19780
GNIS feature ID 0624307

Dansville is a village in Ingham County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is centered along M-36 within Ingham Township about 22 miles (35 km) southeast of downtown Lansing. The population was 563 at the 2010 census.


Dansville is a small village, with much of its economy based on agriculture. While the village is in proximity to the state capital and Michigan State University, it has seen little commercial development over its history. The small town's economy is supported primarily by small business, agriculture research and production.


As far as European settlement is concerned, the area that is now the village of Dansville was originally settled by Samuel Crossman in 1844, who, like many settlers at the time, had come from the state of New York in search of a new life. Samuel Crossman's son, Daniel Crossman, officially platted the village in 1857, naming it after himself and the village's first postmaster, Dr. Daniel T. Weston. The settlement was not actually incorporated as a village until 1867.

Dansville is one of the earliest settlements in Ingham County. Permanent home-seekers located there as early as 1836-40, and the first business establishment was a small store, with a general stock, opened by Samuel Crossman about 1847. The first hotel was the Union Hotel, built in 1856-7 by David D. Fox. A post office was established in the southern part of Ingham Township in 1846, and was first kept by John B. Lobdell. Later it was moved to Hayne’s Corners, one and one-half mile south of the present village, and Henry Densmore was postmaster. It finally came to Dansville, where Daniel T. Weston was the first postmaster in 1855. The original plat of the village was laid out May BG, 1857, by Samuel Crossman and Ephraim Hillaird. D. L. Crossman and Dakin and Otis made additions in 1866.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 443
1880 440 −0.7%
1890 366 −16.8%
1900 374 2.2%
1910 349 −6.7%
1920 299 −14.3%
1930 315 5.4%
1940 351 11.4%
1950 433 23.4%
1960 453 4.6%
1970 486 7.3%
1980 479 −1.4%
1990 437 −8.8%
2000 429 −1.8%
2010 563 31.2%
2019 (est.) 569 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 563 people, 193 households, and 154 families living in the village. The population density was 563.0 inhabitants per square mile (217.4/km2). There were 206 housing units at an average density of 206.0 per square mile (79.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.6% White, 0.7% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 193 households, of which 48.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 20.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 20.2% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.16.

The median age in the village was 33.4 years. 31.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.6% were from 25 to 44; 23.3% were from 45 to 64; and 8.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

Octagon House

Visible throughout the village is the Dr. D. J. Weston Octagon House. This drew extensive media attention as a base for state aid during droughts of 1986. Military personnel rationed and supplied additional water supplies when required during the summer months, with these images often entering state news broadcasts at the time.

The Burning Bed

Dansville is the town where the events in the book The Burning Bed happened.

Notable people

  • Lindsay Bowen, basketball player
  • Sam Williams, American football player

See also

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