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Kaleva, Michigan

Kaleva is a village in Manistee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 509 at the 2000 census.



  • Kaleva was founded in 1900, and became a refuge for Finnish settlers.
  • There are two recognized Michigan historical markers in the town. The historic John J. Makinen Bottle House is one, and Kaleva itself is the subject of the second.


As of the census of 2000, there were 509 people, 212 households, and 136 families residing in the village. The population density was 459.6 per square mile (177.1/km²). There were 251 housing units at an average density of 226.7/sq mi (87.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 94.30% White, 0.39% African American, 2.36% Native American, 1.38% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.93% of the population.

There were 212 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the village the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $30,714, and the median income for a family was $30,909. Males had a median income of $26,161 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,400. About 15.0% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

Auto Racing

Northern Michigan Dragway is an 1/8 Mile Dragstrip located three miles north of town on Potter Road. Northern Michigan Dragway is in its 39th year of operation. It was formerally known as Manistee County Dragway.


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