Looking northbound into downtown along M-18
|o Total||1.50 sq mi (3.88 km2)|
|o Land||1.49 sq mi (3.86 km2)|
|o Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||1,135 ft (346 m)|
|o Estimate (2016)||1,042|
|o Density||720/sq mi (280/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|o Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1621434|
The village is in Higgins Township in the northern part of Roscommon County. Roscommon Township is in the southwest part of the county. The Roscommon post office, with ZIP code 48653, also serves the northern portion of Higgins Township, as well as all of Gerrish Township to the west, most of Lyon Township to the west of Gerrish, and smaller portions of Lake Township to the south of Lyon, Markey Township to the south of Gerrish, Au Sable Township to the east of Higgins and also the southern portions of South Branch Township and Beaver Creek Township to the north in Crawford County. Roscommon is located in the center of northern Michigan's lower peninsula. It is near Higgins Lake, Houghton Lake and Lake St. Helen. Roscommon is accessible by the two major freeways: I-75 and U.S. 127. The Roscommon post office first opened January 9, 1873.
The South Branch of the Au Sable River passes through the village and contributes to the local economy. Several canoe liveries operate in the village and offer water recreation such as kayaking and canoeing.
The annual Michigan Firemen's Memorial Festival commemorates firefighters who died while protecting their communities.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.50 square miles (3.88 km2), of which 1.49 square miles (3.86 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water. A 160-acre (650,000 m2) parcel within the Au Sable State Forest, the Roscommon Virgin Pine Stand, eight miles (12 km) north of St. Helen, (Location 8 miles east of Roscommon, off Sunset Drive) is an old-growth stand of red pine, which includes a former national champion red pine. There are many activities to do within the "Roscommon Virgin Pine Stand" such as hiking, outdoor education, bird watching, photography, and nature studying.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,075 people, 423 households, and 233 families residing in the village. The population density was 721.5 inhabitants per square mile (278.6/km2). There were 507 housing units at an average density of 340.3 per square mile (131.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.8% Asian, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.
There were 423 households of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.4% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.9% were non-families. 42.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.88.
The median age in the village was 43.6 years. 22.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 22.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,133 people, 436 households, and 235 families residing in the village. The population density was 695.1 per square mile (268.4/km²). There were 491 housing units at an average density of 301.2 per square mile (116.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.03% White, 1.24% African American, 0.79% Native American, 0.44% Asian, and 1.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.18% of the population.
There were 436 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.2% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.9% were non-families. 40.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the village, the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $28,229, and the median income for a family was $33,929. Males had a median income of $29,844 versus $18,875 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,746. About 19.3% of families and 21.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.4% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.