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Whitehall, Michigan

Whitehall is a city located in Muskegon County, Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,884.

It is located on White Lake (actually the mouth of the White River on Lake Michigan). It was first settled in 1859 as a lumber town, taking advantage of its water location. The same location now makes it attractive to tourists and recreational boaters.


The town is located about 5 miles (3 km) from Lake Michigan. White lake is now connected to Lake Michigan by a dredged canal.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.5 km² (3.7 mi²). 7.8 km² (3.0 mi²) of it is land and 1.7 km² (0.7 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 17.98% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 2,884 people, 1,165 households, and 739 families residing in the city. The population density is 371.2/km² (960.0/mi²). There are 1,262 housing units at an average density of 162.4/km² (420.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 96.60% White, 0.76% African American, 1.14% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. 2.08% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,165 households out of which 31.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% are married couples living together, 12.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% are non-families. 32.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 16.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.35 and the average family size is 2.97.

In the city the population is spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 81.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $37,641, and the median income for a family is $50,944. Males have a median income of $41,964 versus $18,615 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,544. 7.3% of the population and 5.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 9.2% are under the age of 18 and 8.8% are 65 or older.