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Shepherd, Michigan
Looking west along W. Wright Avenue
Looking west along W. Wright Avenue
Location within Isabella County
Location within Isabella County
Shepherd, Michigan is located in Michigan
Shepherd, Michigan
Shepherd, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Shepherd, Michigan is located in the United States
Shepherd, Michigan
Shepherd, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Isabella
Township Coe
 • Total 0.96 sq mi (2.48 km2)
 • Land 0.96 sq mi (2.48 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
774 ft (236 m)
 • Total 1,515
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,552.77/sq mi (599.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-72960
GNIS feature ID 0637740

Shepherd is a village in Isabella County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,515 at the 2010 census. The village is within Coe Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.97 square miles (2.51 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 469
1900 635 35.4%
1910 835 31.5%
1920 823 −1.4%
1930 839 1.9%
1940 852 1.5%
1950 899 5.5%
1960 1,293 43.8%
1970 1,416 9.5%
1980 1,534 8.3%
1990 1,413 −7.9%
2000 1,536 8.7%
2010 1,515 −1.4%
Est. 2019 1,486 −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,515 people, 640 households, and 412 families living in the village. The population density was 1,561.9 inhabitants per square mile (603.1/km2). There were 699 housing units at an average density of 720.6 per square mile (278.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.2% White, 0.5% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.

There were 640 households, of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.6% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the village was 37.5 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 13% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.

Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival

The village has a well-attended Maple Syrup Festival the last full weekend of April. The annual tradition began in 1959 and includes arts, crafts, music, food and a parade featuring the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival Queen. 2,375.1 gallons of syrup were produced in 2013, a new record for the town.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Shepherd has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

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