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Overview

Introduction to Hillsdale, Michigan

Hillsdale, Michigan, in Hillsdale county, is 39 miles SE of Battle Creek, Michigan (center to center) and 58 miles W of Toledo, Ohio.

Hillsdale History

Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this region. In 1825, a survey was conducted for the Chicago Turnpike. Captain Moses Allen, a veteran of the War of 1812, moved to the area in 1827, but Jeremiah Arnold is considered the first white settler in what was later known as the city of Hillsdale. He arrived in 1834, and built a log cabin. The same year, a store was opened by Chauncey Ferris and John Cook. The Jonesville Presbyterian Church was constructed in 1835, and railroad lines arrived in 1843. Hillsdale was a booming railroad community during the 1840s. Hillsdale was initially incorporated as a village in 1847, and in 1869, it was incorporated as a city. Michigan's first coed college was established in the city of Hillsdale.

Hillsdale and Nearby Attractions

  • Lenawee County Historical Society Museum
  • Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
  • Slayton Arboretum
  • Waterloo State Recreation Area
  • Binder Park Zoo

Things To Do In Hillsdale

The city of Hillsdale offers easy access to numerous historical sites like the Battle Creek Sanatarium, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historical Site, the W.K. Kellogg House, and the Croswell Opera House. The Sauder Farm & Craft Village includes a homestead, a log cabin, a jail, and a one-room schoolhouse. Among the exhibits at Mid-America Windmill Museum are several restored windmills. The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum, Kimball House Museum, and Lenawee County Historical Society Museum house artifacts and memorabilia of historical importance. Binder Park Zoo, Hidden Lake Gardens, Black Pine Animal Park, and Toledo Botanical Garden are other popular attractions. In addition, facilities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, and picnicking are available at the Pokagon State Park, Steuben County Park, and W.J. Hayes State Park. The community also hosts the Hillsdale County Fair in September every year.

Hillsdale Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Fort Wayne International Airport.

Hillsdale Higher Education

Colleges near Hillsdale include the Spring Arbor University, Jackson Community College, Kellogg Community College, and Lansing Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,203
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens13.3%
Employed Population 16+3,292
Age of the Population28

Families

% of people married29.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.4%
Median Earnings25+$27,261
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$12,917
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,387

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,686
% Above Poverty Level69.5%
% Below Poverty Level30.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work19.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone39.7%
Median Gross Rent$586
Median House Value$81,800

Ancestry

German33.9%
Irish15.8%
English13%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.9%
Polish5.9%
French Except Basque4.2%
Italian3.1%
Dutch2.8%
Scottish2.6%
Welsh1.1%
Lithuanian0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Swiss0.7%
Hungarian0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Russian0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
African0.4%
Iraqi0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Arab0.3%
Greek0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Czech0.1%
US/American0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Hillsdale Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hillsdale County
Standard Zip Codes49242
Phone Area Codes517
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude41.92
Approximate Longitude-84.63

Hillsdale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationHILLSDALE
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp59 to 82 F
Oct Temp38 to 60 F
Annual Precip37.6 inches
StationCOLDWATER STATE SCHOOL
Distance19.1 miles
Jan Temp14 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 56 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 60 F
Annual Precip35.6 inches
StationADRIAN 2 NNE
Distance31.6 miles
Jan Temp15 to 32 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp59 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip35.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Allen274$52,321
Jonesville2,139$59,688
Litchfield1,280$41,528
North Adams575$51,563
Quincy1,604$45,625
Reading1,062$42,292

Hillsdale Public Libraries

Hillsdale Community Library
11 EAST BACON STREET
Hillsdale, Michigan
(517) 437-6470

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Hillsdale Hospitals

Hillsdale Community Health Center
(Non-profit)
168 S Howell Street

Hillsdale Public Schools

Bailey Elementary School
59 S. Manning Street
ZIP: 49242
(517) 437-7369
Middle
Total Enrollment 89
Davis Middle School
30 North West St
ZIP: 49242
(517) 439-4326
Middle
Total Enrollment 419
Gier Elementary School
175 Spring Street
ZIP: 49242
(517) 437-7347
Primary
Total Enrollment 359
Greenfield School
3471 Beck Rd
ZIP: 49242
(517) 439-1515
Other
Total Enrollment 88
Hillsdale High School
30 South Norwood Ave
ZIP: 49242
(517) 439-4320
High
Total Enrollment 446
Hillsdale Preparatory School
160 Mechanic Rd
ZIP: 49242
(517) 437-4625
Primary
Total Enrollment 141
Horizon Alternative School
30 S Norwood Ave
ZIP: 49242
(517) 437-4403
High
Total Enrollment 26
Will Carleton Charter School Academy
2001 West Hallett Rd
ZIP: 49242
(517) 437-2000
Other
Total Enrollment 341

Hillsdale Private Schools

Hillsdale Academy
1 Academy Ln
ZIP: 49242
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 184
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