Hart, Michigan

Hart is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 1,950. It is the county seat of Oceana County. The city is located within Hart Township, but is politically independent.

Hart was the birthplace of Donald W. Wolf, a World War II U.S. Marine Corps hero who was killed in action at Guadalcanal.

Hart is also home to the north end of the Hart-Montague Trail.

The area is served by the Oceana's Herald Journal newspaper and website.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.3 km²), of which, 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (6.80%) is water.



As of the census of 2000, there were 1,950 people, 759 households, and 481 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,017.7 per square mile (392.1/km²). There were 832 housing units at an average density of 434.2/sq mi (167.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.69% White, 0.51% African American, 1.38% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 7.59% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.56% of the population.

There were 759 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,855, and the median income for a family was $31,875. Males had a median income of $28,839 versus $20,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,844. About 17.5% of families and 20.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.6% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.


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