Location of Caseville, Michigan
|o Total||1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)|
|o Land||1.10 sq mi (2.85 km2)|
|o Water||0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)|
|Elevation||600 ft (183 m)|
|o Estimate (2016)||738|
|o Density||690/sq mi (270/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|o Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0622835|
City of Caseville is a city in Huron County in the U.S. state of Michigan, based at the mouth of the Pigeon River on Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron. The population was 777 at the 2010 census. The city is surrounded by Caseville Township. A popular destination for summer tourists, it sponsors the 10-day Cheeseburger in Caseville festival, a tribute to Jimmy Buffett's song "Cheeseburger in Paradise". It has been also called the "Perch Capital of Michigan" for its extraordinary catches of the native fish yellow "perch".
Caseville was settled by European Americans beginning with settler Reuben Dodge in 1836. They first called it Pigeon River Settlement, as it developed at the mouth of the river of that name, which leads to Saginaw Bay. Later, it was known as Port Elizabeth and Elizabethtown for the wife of William Rattle, who was agent for major landowner Leonard Case. The town developed through lumbering, with timber shipped via the lake to markets. Ship building and salt manufacturing were also early industries.
In 1856, Francis Crawford purchased 20 thousand acres from Case around the community. That same year the community assume the Caseville name. A post office opened here on January 28, 1863 with Crawford as postmaster. In 1896, Caseville was incorporated by the legislature as a village.
As of the census of 2010, there were 777 people, 422 households, and 221 families residing in the village. The population density was 706.4 inhabitants per square mile (272.7/km2). There were 837 housing units at an average density of 760.9 per square mile (293.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.8% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.
There were 422 households of which 14.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.6% were non-families. 42.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.84 and the average family size was 2.46.
The median age in the village was 55.1 years. 11.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.8% were from 25 to 44; 36.8% were from 45 to 64; and 28.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 888 people, 432 households, and 241 families residing in the village. The population density was 778.4 per square mile (300.8/km²). There were 698 housing units at an average density of 611.9 per square mile (236.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.52% White, 0.23% African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.
There were 432 households out of which 19.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.2% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.68.
In the village the population was spread out with 18.4% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 26.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $27,065, and the median income for a family was $36,750. Males had a median income of $27,222 versus $20,982 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,501. About 7.8% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.9% of those under age 18 and 17.1% of those age 65 or over.
The annual Cheeseburger in Caseville festival is held to end the summer with concerts and family activities. Numerous summer cottages, larger houses and other accommodations are available for rental in the area, generally weekly during the summer and for varying terms in the off season. Nearby Sleeper State Park has campgrounds and a variety of trails and habitats. Port Crescent State Park is in the vicinity.