Clare, Michigan
City of Clare
Downtown Clare along Bus. US 10 / 127
Location within Clare County (top) and Isabella County (bottom)
Location within Clare County (top) and Isabella County (bottom)
Clare is located in Michigan
Clare
Clare
Location within the state of Michigan
Clare is located in the United States
Clare
Clare
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 43°49′10″N 84°46′07″W / 43.81944°N 84.76861°W / 43.81944; -84.76861Coordinates: 43°49′10″N 84°46′07″W / 43.81944°N 84.76861°W / 43.81944; -84.76861
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountiesClare and Isabella
Founded1870
Incorporated1885 (village)
1891 (city)
Government
 • TypeCity commission
 • MayorPat Humphrey
 • ClerkDiane Lyon
 • ManagerJeremy Howard
Area
 • Total3.83 sq mi (9.92 km2)
 • Land3.72 sq mi (9.63 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
Elevation
837 ft (255 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total3,254
 • Density874.26/sq mi (337.53/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48617
Area code989
FIPS code26-15920[3]
GNIS feature ID0623335[4]
WebsiteOfficial website

Clare is a city mostly in Clare County in the U.S. State of Michigan. A small portion of the city extends south into Isabella County. The population was 3,254 at the 2020 census.[5]

Clare was settled as early as 1870 and contains two listings on the National Register of Historic Places: the Clare Downtown Historic District and the Clare Congregational Church. The city is located along the junction of U.S. Route 10 and U.S. Route 127, and each highway has a business route (Bus. 10 and Bus. US 127) through the downtown area. M-115 also runs through the city.

History

Clare was founded with the coming of the Pere Marquette railroad in 1870. It was named after the county, which was named after County Clare in Ireland. The Clare post office opened on January 20, 1871. It incorporated as a village in 1879 and as a city in 1891.[6]

Cops & Doughnuts is a bakery that opened in 2009 in the former Clare City Bakery that dates back to 1896.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.83 square miles (9.92 km2), of which 3.72 square miles (9.63 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) (2.87%) is water.[2]

The south branch of the Tobacco River flows through the city and also contains Lake Shamrock.[7]

Climate

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, Clare has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[8]

Transportation

Major highways

Airport

Bus

Trails

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880502
18901,174133.9%
19001,32612.9%
19101,3501.8%
19201,4628.3%
19301,4912.0%
19401,84423.7%
19502,44032.3%
19602,4420.1%
19702,6398.1%
19803,30025.0%
19903,021−8.5%
20003,1735.0%
20103,118−1.7%
20203,2544.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2010 census

As of the census[11] of 2010, there were 3,118 people, 1,354 households, and 764 families residing in the city. The population density was 919.8 inhabitants per square mile (355.1/km2). There were 1,534 housing units at an average density of 452.5 per square mile (174.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.0% White, 4.7% African American, 0.9% Native American, 6.1% Asian, 1.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.5% of the population.

There were 1,354 households, of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.0% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.6% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 36.1 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.3% were from 25 to 44; 22.9% were from 45 to 64; and 16.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.2% male and 54.8% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,173 people, 1,380 households, and 783 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,016.7 inhabitants per square mile (778.7/km2). There were 1,487 housing units at an average density of 476.5 per square mile (184.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.35% White, 8.25% African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.41% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.58% of the population.

There were 1,380 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.2% were non-families. 38.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 78.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,299, and the median income for a family was $36,194. Males had a median income of $28,365 versus $19,861 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,006. About 10.6% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.3% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.

Education

The city of Clare is served entirely by its own school district, Clare Public Schools, which is centrally located within the city and serves the southeastern portion of the Clare County and the northeastern portion of Isabella County.[12][13]

Sister cities

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Notable people

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References

  1. ^ City of Clare (2022). "Clare: Government". Retrieved September 13, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 21, 2022.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Clare, Michigan
  5. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Search Results". The United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2022-02-27.
  6. ^ Romig, Walter (October 1, 1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Great Lakes Books Series (Paperback). Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-8143-1838-6.
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Shamrock
  8. ^ "Clare, Michigan Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase.
  9. ^ Indian Trails (2 September 2022). "Jackson–East Lansing–Lansing–Clare–Gaylord–St. Ignage" (PDF). Retrieved September 11, 2022.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  12. ^ Michigan Geographic Framework (15 November 2013). "Clare County School Districts" (PDF). Retrieved August 28, 2022.
  13. ^ Michigan Geographic Framework (15 November 2013). "Isabella County School Districts" (PDF). Retrieved August 28, 2022.