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Imlay City, Michigan
Town
Location of Imlay City, Michigan
Location of Imlay City, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Lapeer
Area
 • Total 2.37 sq mi (6.14 km2)
 • Land 2.37 sq mi (6.14 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 827 ft (252 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,597
 • Estimate (2012) 3,587
 • Density 1,517.7/sq mi (586.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48444
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-40320
GNIS feature ID 0628928

Imlay City is a town in Lapeer County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,869 at the 2000 census and 3,597 in 2010.

History

Imlay City was founded on April 1, 1850. Charles Palmer, the chief engineer of the Port Huron and Lake Michigan Railroad, bought 240 acres of land along the railroad's route at a location he anticipated would be a likely produce center between the towns of Capac and Lapeer. Palmer named the city for the Connecticut-based capitalist William H. Imlay, who had invested heavily in the region after moving there in 1828. Within a year and a half, the newly established city had attracted 500 residents with over 120 buildings including two hotels, 20 stores and a school.

Geography

  • According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.37 square miles (6.14 km2), all land.
  • It is considered to be part of the Thumb of Michigan
  • Imlay City intersects two major Michigan highways, Interstate 69 and M-53 (also known as Van Dyke Rd).

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 971
1890 1,251 28.8%
1900 1,122 −10.3%
1910 1,174 4.6%
1920 1,211 3.2%
1930 1,495 23.5%
1940 1,446 −3.3%
1950 1,654 14.4%
1960 1,968 19.0%
1970 1,980 0.6%
1980 2,495 26.0%
1990 2,921 17.1%
2000 3,869 32.5%
2010 3,597 −7.0%
Est. 2015 3,573 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,597 people, 1,356 households, and 841 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,517.7 inhabitants per square mile (586.0/km2). There were 1,600 housing units at an average density of 675.1 per square mile (260.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.9% White, 0.9% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 12.1% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 29.0% of the population.

There were 1,356 households of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.0% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.43.

The median age in the city was 33 years. 30.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26% were from 25 to 44; 21.7% were from 45 to 64; and 12.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,869 people, 1,496 households, and 936 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,690.4 per square mile (652.3/km²). There were 1,599 housing units at an average density of 698.6 per square mile (269.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.65% White, 0.57% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.32% Asian, 7.78% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.20% of the population.

There were 1,496 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 33.2% 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 2.53 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 16.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,436, and the median income for a family was $43,267. Males had a median income of $36,066 versus $22,396 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,021. About 6.4% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.

Attractions

Imlay City is home to the Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds, which holds a fair every year that includes rides, a rodeo, a demolition derby, and a farm animal competition. Also occurring at the fairground is a car show and Imlay City's "Woods and Water", a hunting and fishing extravaganza. An American Cancer Society Relay for Life is also held in Imlay City, with two different walks: the survivor walk and the team walk. Imlay City also has its own city pool, a number of parks, a portion of the Polly Ann Trail, and a farmer’s market.

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