St. Louis, Michigan

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St. Louis is a city in Gratiot County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 4,494.

Geography

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Location of St. Louis, Michigan

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.8 km² (3.0 mi²). 7.4 km² (2.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 5.30% water.

It was long recognized that St. Louis sits at the geographic center of Michigan's lower peninsula "as closely as can be determined." A campaign in the early 1950's promoted by the St. Louis Leader-Press, a now-defunct local newspaper, resulted in the State of Michigan designating it as such: a sign in Clapp Park on Highway M-46 denotes the city as the official "Middle of the Mitten."

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 4,494 people, 1,468 households, and 964 families residing in the city. The population density is 604.6/km² (1,568.4/mi²). There are 1,575 housing units at an average density of 211.9/km² (549.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 83.00% White, 10.08% African American, 1.02% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 2.74% from other races, and 2.85% from two or more races. 7.50% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,468 households out of which 31.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% are married couples living together, 13.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% are non-families. 29.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.39 and the average family size is 2.92.

In the city the population is spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 35.0% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 142.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 155.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $31,122, and the median income for a family is $39,271. Males have a median income of $29,028 versus $19,272 for females. The per capita income for the city is $14,196. 15.9% of the population and 10.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 19.9% of those under the age of 18 and 10.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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