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Harrison, Michigan
Looking southeast on Budd Lake
Looking southeast on Budd Lake
Location within Clare County
Location within Clare County
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Coordinates: 44°01′16″N 84°48′02″W / 44.02111°N 84.80056°W / 44.02111; -84.80056Coordinates: 44°01′16″N 84°48′02″W / 44.02111°N 84.80056°W / 44.02111; -84.80056
Country United States
State Michigan
County Clare
Incorporated 1891
Government
 • Type City council
Area
 • Total 4.03 sq mi (10.43 km2)
 • Land 3.71 sq mi (9.62 km2)
 • Water 0.31 sq mi (0.81 km2)
Elevation
1,165 ft (355 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,114
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,073
 • Density 558.01/sq mi (215.44/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48625
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-36800
GNIS feature ID 0627850

Harrison is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,114 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Clare County.

The city is named after U.S. President William Henry Harrison.

Harrison is near the junction of US 127 and M-61. US 127 actually bypasses the city on the east, though a business route serves the downtown area. Clare is 14 miles (23 km) south on US 127, while Grayling is 40 miles (64 km) to the north. Harrison is bordered along its eastern side by Budd Lake.

History

Boats on Budd Lake
Boats and cottages on Budd Lake

Harrison was founded as a lumber town, with sawmills located on the shores of Budd Lake. One of the lumber companies donated the land which is now Wilson State Park. The City of Harrison attracts thousands of visitors from throughout the state, with its "twenty lakes in twenty minutes" and large amount of state land for recreational sports.

The biggest local events are the Clare County Fair and Frostbite Open Golf Tournament on Budd Lake.

There are several historic buildings in the city of Harrison. The Surrey House is a relic of the lumber town days. The Clare County Newspaper building, located downtown, is the oldest building in Harrison, dating back to 1898. Owners Rauch and Bucholz family gives tours of the Cleaver building, in addition to a walking tour of downtown Harrison.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.03 square miles (10.44 km2), of which 3.72 square miles (9.63 km2) is land and 0.31 square miles (0.80 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 129
1890 752 482.9%
1900 647 −14.0%
1910 543 −16.1%
1920 399 −26.5%
1930 458 14.8%
1940 727 58.7%
1950 884 21.6%
1960 1,072 21.3%
1970 1,460 36.2%
1980 1,700 16.4%
1990 1,835 7.9%
2000 2,108 14.9%
2010 2,114 0.3%
2019 (est.) 2,073 −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,114 people, 913 households, and 524 families residing in the city. The population density was 568.3 inhabitants per square mile (219.4/km2). There were 1,306 housing units at an average density of 351.1 per square mile (135.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.7% White, 1.7% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 913 households, of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.0% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.6% were non-families. 37.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.79.

The median age in the city was 42.1 years. 21% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.4% were from 25 to 44; 27.4% were from 45 to 64; and 18.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

Transportation

  • US 127

  • Bus. US 127 serves local business traffic through the city.
  • M-61
  • Public bus service is provided by the Clare County Transit Corporation with four daily round-trips between Harrison and Clare, MI.
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