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Indian River, Michigan
Indian River is an unincorporated community located in Cheboygan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a Census-designated place (CDP) used for statistical purposes and is not legally recognized as a municipality. As of the 2000 census, the CDP had a total population of 2,008.
Because it is not an incorporated municipality, the boundaries were defined by the U.S. Census Bureau in consultation with local organizations and officials. However, the area included within the CDP may not exactly correspond with the area which locals recognize by that name. It occupies the eastern portion of Tuscarora Township.
Indian River is situated at the point where the Sturgeon River flows into Burt Lake and where the Indian River flows out of Burt Lake into Mullett Lake. Interstate 75 passes though the area with two interchanges nearby. Mackinaw City and the Mackinac Bridge are about 25 miles to the north and Gaylord is 28 miles to the south. Cheboygan is about 21 miles to the northeast on Michigan State Highway 27. Michigan State Highway 68 connects with U.S. Highway 31 at Alanson, 11 miles to the west and with Michigan State Highway 33 about 9 miles to the east. The Indian River provides a navigable channel between Burt and Mullett lakes..
Burt Lake State Park is included within the CDP.
Indian River is at and has an elevation of 616 feet above sea level.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 2,008 people, 929 households, and 614 families residing in the CDP. The population density is 60.4/km² (156.4/mi²). There are 1,586 housing units at an average density of 47.7/km² (123.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP is 97.16% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 0.90% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. 1.44% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 929 households out of which 23.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% are married couples living together, 7.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% are non-families. 29.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.16 and the average family size is 2.65.
In the CDP the population is spread out with 19.0% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 24.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 47 years. For every 100 females there are 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP is $34,854, and the median income for a family is $41,667. Males have a median income of $40,139 versus $21,042 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $20,191. 7.1% of the population and 5.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 8.7% of those under the age of 18 and 5.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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