Census shows changes in area communities 03.30.2011

Written by David Green.

Jobs have disappeared and workers have followed suit.

That’s the story of the 2011 U.S. Census in this part of the country.

Morenci recorded a loss of 178 people during the past decade, a drop of 7.4 percent. Fayette’s loss of 57 people represents a decline of 4.25 percent.

In Lyons there was a slight growth to 562 people (an increase of three) while Dover Township showed a growth of 110 people to 1,578, an increase of 7.5 percent.

Medina Township’s population fell by 11 percent to 1,090 and Seneca’s fell by 5.6 percent to 1,230.

Across the border, Chesterfield stands at 1,012 (-3.6 percent), Gorham at 2,260 (-4.7 percent), and Franklin at 743 (+0.5 percent).

Lenawee Count showed a slight increase of just under one percent to stand at 99,892. Fulton County grew by 1.46 percent for a total of 42,698 residents.

The loss of residents has, in turn, led an increase in housing vacancies for many communities.

The 2010 census showed 86 vacancies in Fayette, more than 14 percent of it total stock of 591 units. Lyons had 22 vacant units or 8.8 percent of the existing units.

Morenci showed 130 of 951 units empty, for 13.7 percent. In the townships, the vacancy in Medina stood at 10.7 percent and in Seneca 9.2 percent.

In the 2000 census, Morenci’s vacancy percentage was 6.9 percent, Seneca’s was 4.1 percent and Medina’s was 6.8 percent.

Information from the Columbus Dispatch’s searchable census database

  • Homecoming Court
    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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