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Pinckney, Michigan
Village of Pinckney
Downtown Pinckney along Main Street (M-36)
Downtown Pinckney along Main Street (M-36)
Location within Livingston County
Location within Livingston County
Pinckney, Michigan is located in Michigan
Pinckney, Michigan
Pinckney, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Livingston
Township Putnam
Settled 1827
Platted 1837
Incorporated 1883
 • Type Village council
 • Village 1.67 sq mi (4.33 km2)
 • Land 1.61 sq mi (4.18 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
902 ft (275 m)
 • Village 2,427
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,500.31/sq mi (579.27/km2)
 • Metro
4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 734
FIPS code 26-64140
GNIS feature ID 0634896

Pinckney is a village in Putnam Township, Livingston County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,427 at the 2010 census.

Among the first American pioneers in the area around Pinckney were William Kirkland and his family, who moved from New York in the late 1820s. Kirkland named the community after his brother, Charles Pinckney Kirkland. Platted in 1837, Pinckney was incorporated as a village in 1883.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.66 square miles (4.30 km2), of which 1.60 square miles (4.14 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 244
1870 446 82.8%
1880 427 −4.3%
1890 449 5.2%
1900 500 11.4%
1910 477 −4.6%
1920 384 −19.5%
1930 433 12.8%
1940 456 5.3%
1950 695 52.4%
1960 732 5.3%
1970 921 25.8%
1980 1,390 50.9%
1990 1,603 15.3%
2000 2,141 33.6%
2010 2,427 13.4%
2019 (est.) 2,420 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,427 people, 869 households, and 648 families living in the village. The population density was 1,516.9 inhabitants per square mile (585.7/km2). There were 927 housing units at an average density of 579.4 per square mile (223.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.9% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 869 households, of which 45.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.4% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.25.

The median age in the village was 34.1 years. 31.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 7.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

Cultural life

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Pinckney, Michigan

Pinckney is the location of a number of festivals throughout the year, including an annual parade on Saint Patrick's day as well as Art in the Park and Hootin' in the Park village events. There is an annual parade on Memorial Day, where various organizations throughout the community participate in the parade. A few of the participating organizations are from Pinckney High School, including the marching band and spring sports teams. The Pinckney Community Schools is also home to the award-winning Pinckney High School orchestra program. It is the only school orchestra program in Livingston county and hosts the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra annually for a "Side by Side Orchestra Gala" in the Jane Tasch Theater.


Pinckney is home to Pinckney Community Schools, which consists of Pinckney High School, Pathfinder School, Navigator Upper Elementary, Country Elementary, & Farley Hill Elementary. Lakeland Elementary, Pinckney Elementary and Hamburg Elementary have been closed due to the decrease of residents in the area. Also home to a Montessori Charter school called Light of the World Academy, and St. Marys Catholic School.

Notable people

  • Ron Jeffries, Computer Scientist, co-inventor of Extreme Programming, and co-creator of the Agile Manifesto
  • Caroline Kirkland, 19th century writer and wife of village founder William Kirkland
  • Denny McLain, former pitcher for the Detroit Tigers
  • Chris Sabin, professional wrestler
  • Robert Sabuda, children's pop-up book artist and paper engineer
  • Zach Sieler, defensive end for the Miami Dolphins
  • Glendon Swarthout, novelist and short story writer
  • Jake Vedder, Snowboarder for 2022 Winter Olympics Snowboard Cross team

See also

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