Mason, Michigan Beat Topic Page

Census Population: 28, 637 (2009 estimate)

Census Demographics:

51% Female

96.5% White

0.3% Asian

0.8% Black

0.8% American Indian and Alaskan Native

3.7% Hispanic or Latino

Persons under 5 years old: 5.6%

Persons under 18 years old: 21.1%

Persons over 65 years old: 19.3%

A Brief History: Mason Michigan, located just miles from the state capital in Lansing was settled in the 1840’s and officially became a city in 1865.  Mason is conveniently located near both Lansing and East Lansing and the agricultural setting surrounding the city and its quaint historic downtown provides an ideal living location for its residents. The city is named after the state’s first governor Stevens T. Mason.  Mason is the county seat of Ingham county, making it the only city in the U.S. that serves as a county seat ahead of a state capital.  Although the county seat, many county offices and courtrooms are located still in Lansing. The local Ojibwa tribe had a visible presence in the Mason until the early 1900s when, Mason began producing baby formula, which was stopped in the 1990s.

Visual Description: Land Area:  4.58 square miles, 1779 people per square miles

Google Map of Area:,+MI&gl=us&ei=iNSITK3LI9SpngfCtKzoDA&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CBQQ8gEwAA

Major Industries and businesses: Funtyme Adventure Park, Ingham County Fair Grounds, Dart Container Corporation

Links to news outlets covering Mason: The Lansing State Journal

WLNS News 6

WILX News 10

Fall 2010 News Letter:

Government Leaders: Mayor Leon Clark, Mayor Pro Tem Robin Naeyaert, Councilmember Les Bruno Jr., Councilmember Elaine Ferris, Councilmember Michael Waltz, Councilmember Barb Tornholm, Councilmember Neal Johnson

Mason Court House


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