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Fowlerville, Michigan
Village
Village of Fowlerville
Downtown Fowlerville along Grand Avenue
Downtown Fowlerville along Grand Avenue
Location within Livingston County
Location within Livingston County
Fowlerville, Michigan is located in Michigan
Fowlerville, Michigan
Fowlerville, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Livingston
Township Handy
Settled 1836
Platted 1849
Incorporated 1871
Government
 • Type Village council
Area
 • Village 2.35 sq mi (6.08 km2)
 • Land 2.31 sq mi (5.98 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2)
Elevation
902 ft (275 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Village 2,886
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,893
 • Density 1,252.38/sq mi (483.47/km2)
 • Metro
4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48836
Area code(s) 517
FIPS code 26-30060
GNIS feature ID 0626363
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Fowlerville is a village in Livingston County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located in the northeast portion of Handy Township, but is politically independent from the township. The population was 2,886 at the 2010 census.

Fowlerville is home to several notable events such as Christmas in the 'Ville, Memorial Day observances, and a 4 July parade.

History

The first permanent settler was Ralph Fowler in 1836, who also instructed Amos Adams to plat the village in 1849. A post office named "Cedar" was established in 1838, but was renamed "Fowlerville" in 1853, after the village's plat name. The village incorporated in 1871.

Charlie Gehringer, the baseball Hall of Famer, was from Fowlerville.

The village is the site of the Livingston County Fair Grounds, where various large events are held annually (e.g. big name concerts, the county fair, Horse racing, "Biker Fest"). There are also annual festivities in the town during the year celebrating different national holiday such as Christmas, Fourth of July, and Memorial Day.

The Fowlerville Chronicles, self-published in 2010 by Marion Cornett, follows the history of Fowlerville from the arrival of Ralph Fowler in 1836 through 2010. There are nearly 600 pictures, maps, aerials, and sketches. A copy of the book can be found on The Fowlerville Observer, a website dedicated to reporting the history of the village as well as modern-day events. Another feature on the website are "squint shots"—a picture is shown each day of something in and/or around the village of Fowlerville.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.38 square miles (6.16 km2), of which 2.34 square miles (6.06 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,051
1900 946
1910 905 −4.3%
1920 1,057 16.8%
1930 1,141 7.9%
1940 1,118 −2.0%
1950 1,466 31.1%
1960 1,674 14.2%
1970 1,978 18.2%
1980 2,289 15.7%
1990 2,648 15.7%
2000 2,972 12.2%
2010 2,886 −2.9%
2019 (est.) 2,893 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,886 people, 1,198 households, and 744 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,233.3 inhabitants per square mile (476.2/km2). There were 1,313 housing units at an average density of 561.1 per square mile (216.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.8% White, 0.2% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 1,198 households, of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.9% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the village was 35.2 years. 26.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.9% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 13.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

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Education

Fowlerville Community Schools serve Fowlerville. The mascot for Fowlerville Schools is the Gladiator, with the school colors being Gold and Purple. The school system is composed of four schools. There are two elementary schools: H.T. Smith Elementary serving grades K-2 and Natalie Kreeger Elementary serving grades 3-5. Fowlerville Junior High School serves grades 6-8 and Fowlerville High School grades 9-12. There are roughly 180-230 students in a graduating class.

Notable people

  • Charlie Gehringer, Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer
  • George Noory, syndicated radio commentator, host of Coast to Coast AM
  • Rashontae Wawrzyniak, Miss Michigan USA 2015
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