Douglas Michigan Real Estate
Douglas is technically a city within Allegan County but has been recognized as a village for quite a number of years (1870-2004). Because of the recent transition, this city is referred to locally as "City of the Village of Douglas."
Douglas, MI Geography
Douglas covers 1.9 square miles of land (0.1% is water) which was once a dense forest. This region is prime for growth and now produces some of the peaches and other fruits distributed locally and across the United States .
Douglas, MI Demographics
There are currently just over 1200 people living in Douglas, and out of almost 600 households less than 50% belong to families with adolescents. As a matter of fact, individuals account for at least 45% of all households. The city is predominantly White (96.87%). Remaining statistics in order of highest percentage to lowest are: Hispanic/Latino (2.64%), multiple races (1.57%), "Other race" (0.74%), African American (0.58%), Asian (0.16%), and Native American (0.08%). The female population surpasses the male population by around 13%.
The median household income in Douglas is slightly above $41K and is exceeded by the median family income, which is nearly $50K. Men typically earn about $10K more than women.
Douglas, MI History
Douglas was first settled in 1851 and named Dudleyville. In its early days it was a lumber mill town. There is some speculation as to the inspiration to the changing of its name in 1861. Some claim it was in honor of Illinois politician, Stephen A Douglas. There are other beliefs which are related to the original land owner of this area. It is said that a person affiliated with him came from Douglas in the British Isle of Man and suggested the name as a possibility. Nonetheless, 9 years after its name change it was incorporated as a village.
Douglas, MI Schools
Much like most of the city’s social practices such as employment and shopping, the school system is deeply intertwined with the city by which Douglas is surrounded: Saugatuck. There is an elementary school in Douglas, but all higher grades must attend public school in Saugatuck.
Douglas, MI Industry
From the time it was first settled until now, Douglas has always been a town of agriculture. It was once dependent upon the trees in the abundant forests for lumber which was used to build major cities. After clearing the forest of the majority of its trees the land began to be used for growing fruit.