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Hastings, Michigan
—  City  —
Barry County Courthouse in downtown Hastings
Location of Hastings, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°38′50″N 85°17′13″W / 42.64722°N 85.28694°W / 42.64722; -85.28694
Country United States
State Michigan
County Barry
 - Total 5.3 sq mi (13.6 km2)
 - Land 5.2 sq mi (13.6 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 807 ft (246 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 7,095
 - Density 1,353.3/sq mi (522.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49058
Area code(s) 269
FIPS code 26-37120[1]
GNIS feature ID 1618841[2]

Hastings is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Barry County.[3] The population was 7,095 at the 2000 census. The city borders Hastings Charter Township on the north, east, and south, though it is politically independent. It has been named "One of the best 100 small towns in America".

Hastings is part of the Grand Rapids-Wyoming metropolitan area.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.6 km²), of which, 5.2 square miles (13.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.38%) is water.

Major highways


In 1836 three entrepreneurs named Dibble, Kingsbury and Kendall bought 480 acres (1.9 km2) along the Thornapple River from Detroit banker Eurotas P. Hastings. The three platted the area into lots, and soon a small community arose. In 1843, the state legislature designated Hastings as the County Seat of Barry County. The first paper, the Barry County Pioneer, began publishing in 1851, and a second paper, the Republican Banner, ( which is still published today) began in 1856.

Hastings was incorporated as a village in 1855, with a population of around 300, and on March 11, 1871, officially become a city. The Barry County Courthouse, which is still in use today, was built in 1893. The city grew slowly, reaching 6,500 people in 1960 and remaining nearly flat through 1990.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,095 people, 2,759 households, and 1,826 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,353.3 per square mile (522.8/km²). There were 2,898 housing units at an average density of 552.8/sq mi (213.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.31% White, 0.14% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.58% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.14% of the population.

There were 2,759 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,033, and the median income for a family was $44,886. Males had a median income of $35,226 versus $24,727 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,042. About 5.9% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.


Hastings School District

  • Hastings High School (website) has been located at 520 West South Street since 1970, previously located at 232 West Grand Street.
  • Hastings Middle School (website) is located at 232 West Grand Street.
  • Central Elementary (website) is located at 509 South Broadway.
  • Southeastern Elementary (website) is located at 1300 South East Street.
  • Northeastern Elementary (website) is located 519 East Grant Street.
  • Star Elementary (website) is located at 1900 Star School Road.
  • Barry County Special Education (website)

Private Schools

  • St. Rose Of Lima (website) is a Catholic elementary school offering grades K-6 as well as a licensed preschool program. It is located at 707 South Jefferson Street. It associated with the St Rose of Lima Parrish (website) and named for Rose of Lima (1586–1617), the first Catholic saint of the Americas.
  • Barry County Christian School (website) is located at 2999 McKeown Road.

Community College
Since 1996, Kellogg Community College (with its main campus in Battle Creek, Michigan) maintains a regional campus at the Fehsenfeld Center in Hastings. (website)

New public library

The new green-certified Hastings Public Library opened on June 7, 2007.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Coordinates: 42°38′45″N 85°17′27″W / 42.64583°N 85.29083°W / 42.64583; -85.29083



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