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*Springfield is a city in Calhoun County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Battle Creek, Michigan Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,260 at the 2010 census. It has a Municipal Wi-Fi system installed by ACD.net. Contents 1 Farmers' Market 2 Parks 2.1 Begg Park 2.2 Upton Park 2.3 B. Carol Hinton Park 2.4 Rothchild Park 3 Government 4 Geography 5 Demographics 5.1 2010 census 5.2 2000 census 6 References 7 External links Farmers' Market The City of Springfield hosts a year-round farmers' market to provide the community with access to fresh, local produce. The Springfield Farmers' Market is open to the public and accepts Food Assistance Benefits including SNAP/Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project Fresh, and Market FRESH. The Springfield Farmers' Market is the largest in Calhoun County. The building in which it is housed is 9,500 square feet and has a bistro area where shoppers can enjoy the market happenings. The City of Springfield hosts many events each year such as craft shows, the annual classic car show, their annual chili cook off, a holiday market, an Easter Egg hunt, and a Halloween event. The Market is located in Begg Park which also has a professional 18-hole disc golf course, a playground, picnic tables and a pavilion. The address of the Farmers' Market is: 503 Military Avenue Springfield, MI 49037 Parks Begg Park Springfield's Begg Park is located at 503 Military Avenue just off M-96 and is Springfield's largest park at 20.7 acres. It is home to a professional 18-hole disk golf course and hosted the 2008 Disc Golf World Championship. (For more information on Springfield's disc golf course see: Professional Disc Golf Association - Begg Park) In addition to the disk golf course, Begg Park also has the Springfield Farmers' Market, a playground area, a picnic pavilion, open spaces, tree-shaded areas, paved walking trails, and a brook that cuts through the park's center. Upton Park Upton Park is a 6.2 acre park located between Nettles Street and Upton Avenue in Springfield, Michigan. The park features a 1 acre pond used for fishing and model boat racing. In addition, the park has a pavilion used for picnics, playground equipment,a basketball court, and a walking trail that circles the pond. The park is located in the Central and Eastern neighborhoods and is located at the center of one of Springfield's most established neighborhoods. Upton Park is formally known as John F. Kennedy Park. B. Carol Hinton Park The City of Springfield received a grant in 2012 from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to create a park out of a small piece of city-owned property near the intersection of 27th Street and Frisbie Boulevard. The park has a basketball court and play scape enclosed by a fence. Rothchild Park Rothchild Park is an open park located at Helmer Road and Harmonia Road. It is approximately 12 acres and features a pavilion with picnic tables.  Government Springfield has a council-manager form of government. This style of governance combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. The form establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services. In the City of Springfield, this form of government keeps city services efficient and cost effective, while promoting growth and development for residents and businesses. Geography According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.70 square miles (9.58 km2), of which 3.66 square miles (9.48 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water. Demographics Historical population Census Pop. %± 1960 4,605 — 1970 3,994 -13.3% 1980 5,917 48.1% 1990 5,582 -5.7% 2000 5,189 -7.0% 2010 5,260 1.4% Est. 2014 5,211  -0.9% Source: Census Bureau. Census 1960- 2000, 2010, 2014. 2010 census As of the census of 2010, there were 5,260 people, 2,156 households, and 1,213 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,437.2 inhabitants per square mile (554.9/km2). There were 2,467 housing units at an average density of 674.0 per square mile (260.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 76.6% White, 9.6% African American, 0.5% Native American, 7.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.1% from other races, and 4.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population. There were 2,156 households of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.7% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.08. The median age in the city was 33.8 years. 25.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female. 2000 census As of the census of 2000, there were 5,189 people, 2,161 households, and 1,195 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,395.9 per square mile (538.6/km²). There were 2,367 housing units at an average density of 636.8 per square mile (245.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.30% White, 7.69% African American, 0.96% Native American, 1.37% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.08% from other races, and 2.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.51% of the population. There were 2,161 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.4% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.7% were non-families. 36.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.89. In the city the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 103.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.3 males. The median income for a household in the city was $29,790, and the median income for a family was $34,272. Males had a median income of $29,433 versus $22,830 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,413. About 9.0% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.
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