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Kaleva, Michigan
Location of Kaleva, Michigan
Location of Kaleva, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Manistee
 • Total 1.10 sq mi (2.86 km2)
 • Land 1.10 sq mi (2.86 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
755 ft (230 m)
 • Total 470
 • Estimate 
 • Density 416.29/sq mi (160.72/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-42240
GNIS feature ID 0629449

Kaleva ( kal-I-və) is a village in Manistee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 470 at the 2010 census.



  • Kaleva was founded in 1900, and became a refuge for Finnish settlers. The name of the village comes from the national epic of Finland, Kalevala.
  • There are two recognized Michigan historical markers in the town. The historic John J. Makinen Bottle House is one, and Kaleva itself is the subject of the second.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 346
1960 348 0.6%
1970 377 8.3%
1980 445 18.0%
1990 484 8.8%
2000 509 5.2%
2010 470 −7.7%
2019 (est.) 460 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 470 people, 206 households, and 125 families residing in the village. The population density was 427.3 inhabitants per square mile (165.0/km2). There were 259 housing units at an average density of 235.5 per square mile (90.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.7% White, 0.2% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 1.9% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.0% of the population.

There were 206 households, of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.3% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the village was 39.6 years. 23% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.9% were from 25 to 44; 28.5% were from 45 to 64; and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

Auto racing

Northern Michigan Dragway is a 1/8-mile asphalt dragstrip located three miles north of town on Potter Road. In 2009 Northern Michigan Dragway celebrated its 40th season of operation. Northern Michigan Dragway is the only asphalt dragstrip north of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The first race at Northern Michigan Dragway was held on Memorial Day 1970. It was formerly known as Manistee County Dragway.[1]

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