Vassar is a city in Tuscola County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Founded March 1, 1849. The population was 2,697 at the 2010 census and 2,823 in 2000 (a decrease of about 4.5%). The city is located on the western edge of Vassar Township but is administratively autonomous. Vassar was founded by four men who were led by James M. Edmunds and Townsend North in search of an area to build a dam and start a city. The city was named after Edmund’s uncle, Matthew Vassar, who later founded Vassar College. It was the first county seat of Tuscola County. In 1860, the seat was moved to Caro. Vassar’s growth for the next thirty years was based mainly on its lumbering and a handful of related industries.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,697 people, 1,001 households, and 668 families living in the city. The population density was 1,272.2 inhabitants per square mile (491.2/km2). There were 1,154 housing units at an average density of 544.3 per square mile (210.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.4% White, 8.8% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.0% of the population. There were 1,001 households, of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.3% were non-families.
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