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Dryden, Michigan
Location of Dryden, Michigan
Location of Dryden, Michigan
Dryden, Michigan is located in Michigan
Dryden, Michigan
Dryden, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Dryden, Michigan is located in the United States
Dryden, Michigan
Dryden, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Michigan
County Lapeer
 • Total 1.10 sq mi (2.85 km2)
 • Land 1.10 sq mi (2.85 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
935 ft (285 m)
 • Total 951
 • Estimate 
 • Density 851.18/sq mi (328.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-23140
GNIS feature ID 0624906

Dryden is a village in Lapeer County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 951 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Dryden Township.


The Village of Dryden was settled in 1836 and was called Amboy and it was located 1 mile North of its present-day located at Dryden and Mill Roads. In 1837, then known as Lomond, held its first town meeting since settling the previous year. A store was built here as early as 1840 by Mr. Johnathan Sweet who owned most of the land. It was known as Lamb's Corners in homage to the man who bought the land from Mr. Sweet, John M. Lamb, starting in 1846 and the named stayed for several years. The name Dryden for its village was eventually picked and it was to pay honor to the poet, John Dryden. The 1840s was the decade in which many businesses were first established in the village. It was incorporated as a village in 1887.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.10 square miles (2.85 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 200
1890 322 61.0%
1900 328 1.9%
1910 371 13.1%
1920 359 −3.2%
1930 383 6.7%
1940 411 7.3%
1950 476 15.8%
1960 531 11.6%
1970 654 23.2%
1980 650 −0.6%
1990 628 −3.4%
2000 815 29.8%
2010 951 16.7%
Est. 2019 938 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 951 people, 368 households, and 260 families living in the village. The population density was 864.5 inhabitants per square mile (333.8/km2). There were 387 housing units at an average density of 351.8 per square mile (135.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.0% White, 0.4% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 368 households, of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.3% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the village was 38.6 years. 27.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.2% were from 45 to 64; and 12.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.


Dryden holds the distinction of being the original home of Champion Homes (1953), whose approximately 150 employees who produced manufactured housing and recreational vehicles until relocating in the 1980s.


Dryden has two schools. Dryden Elementary for Preschool through 6th grade and Dryden Jr./Sr. High School for 7th through 12th grade. Additionally there is the Dryden Township Library.

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