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Newaygo, Michigan
Location of Newaygo, Michigan
Location of Newaygo, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Newaygo
 • Total 3.92 sq mi (10.16 km2)
 • Land 3.77 sq mi (9.75 km2)
 • Water 0.15 sq mi (0.40 km2)
705 ft (215 m)
 • Total 2,471
 • Density 686.35/sq mi (265.01/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-57080
GNIS feature ID 1621003

Newaygo is a rural city in Newaygo County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,471 at the 2020 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.90 square miles (10.10 km2), of which 3.74 square miles (9.69 km2) is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) is water. including the Muskegon River, which runs through the town and is often used for canoe trips, tubing, and fishing. The county is considered part of West Michigan. Newaygo is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Geographic features

The Muskegon River flows through the north side of the town.

Major highways

  • M-37
  • M-82


Newaygo's recorded history goes back to French Voyageurs and Coureur des bois, that is, explorers and trappers (who may or may not have been licensed), who came up the Muskegon River. It was ostensibly named after Chief Nuwagon, a signatory of the Treaty of Saginaw in 1819. But see, Newaygo County, Michigan. John Brooks came to harvest lumber in 1836, and was the town's first postmaster in 1847. Lumber, proximity to the river and Muskegon made it a center for floating logs during the lumber boom. Other historical features of Newaygo include Al Capone (and many other famous mobsters) gambling in the basements of Newaygo's central hotel and in a Hess Lake Inn. More recently, Newaygo has been the home of the state champion marching band of 2010 and 2012.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 703
1880 1,097 56.0%
1890 1,330 21.2%
1900 1,172 −11.9%
1910 1,207 3.0%
1920 1,160 −3.9%
1930 1,227 5.8%
1940 1,282 4.5%
1950 1,385 8.0%
1960 1,447 4.5%
1970 1,381 −4.6%
1980 1,271 −8.0%
1990 1,336 5.1%
2000 1,670 25.0%
2010 1,976 18.3%
2020 2,471 25.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,976 people, 786 households, and 502 families living in the city. The population density was 528.3 inhabitants per square mile (204.0/km2). There were 892 housing units at an average density of 238.5 per square mile (92.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.6% White, 0.9% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.3% of the population.

There were 786 households, of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 20.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 32.4 years. 29.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 21.3% were from 45 to 64; and 14.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.1% male and 53.9% female.


The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Dfb". (Warm Summer Continental Climate).

Notable people

  • Ella H. Brockway Avann (born 1853), educator
  • Roy Bargy, composer and pianist
  • Joe Berger, lineman with the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL
  • Jack Nitzsche, musician and arranger
  • Bertha Yerex Whitman, architect

See also

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