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Lake Odessa, Michigan
Main Street in October 2011
Main Street in October 2011
"Lake O"
Location of Lake Odessa, Michigan
Location of Lake Odessa, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Ionia
 • Total 0.89 sq mi (2.31 km2)
 • Land 0.89 sq mi (2.30 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
866 ft (264 m)
 • Total 2,018
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,292.13/sq mi (885.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 616
FIPS code 26-44880
GNIS feature ID 0629988

Lake Odessa is a village in Ionia County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,018 at the 2010 census. It is located in the southern portion of the county in Odessa Township on the northeast shore of Jordan Lake, which is the boundary with Barry County.

Since 1987, Lake Odessa has been named a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation.


Several brothers in the Russell family began settling here around 1839 and it became known as the "Russell Settlement". It later became known as "Bonanza" and a Post Office with that name was established in 1880. When the Detroit, Lansing and Northern Railroad (later the Pere Marquette Railroad) was built through the area in the 1880s, the village was moved about a mile southwest. At that time the name was changed to "Lake Odessa", derived from the nearby Jordan Lake and the name of Odessa Township, which had been established in 1846. The township had been named for the city of Odessa in Ukraine, reflecting an interest of one of the founders in Ukraine as well as a desire for a distinctive name. Investor Humphrey Wager purchased 80 acres (320,000 m2) of farmland on Jordan Lake and platted the village in 1887. With the advantage of a station on the new railroad, the new village quickly eclipsed the former settlement at Bonanza. The village incorporated in 1889. John R. Waite, a local man with an interest in history, has been credited with significant historical research for the village of Lake Odessa. John is also recognized as the President of the Lake Odessa Area Historical Society and is involved with the Train Depot Museum.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.89 square miles (2.31 km2), all land. Lake Odessa, along with neighboring Woodland, Sunfield and Clarksville, make up the Lakewood Public School district.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 635
1900 1,037 63.3%
1910 1,222 17.8%
1920 1,246 2.0%
1930 1,220 −2.1%
1940 1,417 16.1%
1950 1,596 12.6%
1960 1,806 13.2%
1970 1,924 6.5%
1980 2,171 12.8%
1990 2,256 3.9%
2000 2,272 0.7%
2010 2,018 −11.2%
2019 (est.) 2,040 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,018 people, 835 households, and 534 families living in the village. The population density was 2,267.4 inhabitants per square mile (875.4/km2). There were 950 housing units at an average density of 1,067.4 per square mile (412.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 91.4% White, 0.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 4.2% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.3% of the population.

There were 835 households, of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.0% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the village was 34.6 years. 27% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 23.5% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

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