The small town of Westphalia, Michigan is located in Clinton County in central Michigan, approximately 25 miles northwest of our state’s capital and approximately 50 miles from Grand Rapids, the state’s second largest city. Westphalia takes up a mere 1.139 square miles. The latitude of Westphalia is 42.929N and the longitude is -84.798W and it is 761 feet above sea level. According to the 2010 Census, Westphalia’s population stands at 923 (no really, you are reading that correctly) although it is possible that growth in the last four years has occurred.
Westphalia is a predominantly Catholic, farming community. The town is often known for its close-knit, family-oriented citizens and is a great central location to safely live and grow. It is home to one junior high/high school, Pewamo-Westphalia (shared with neighboring town Pewamo), and one elementary school, St. Mary’s Catholic school. Westphalia is a friendly home to many businesses, restaurants, festivals, and events, such as the long-standing Fourth of July Parish Festival, and the ever popular, Westphalia Car Show. The car show set a new personal record with 1,094 cars registered and along the streets of the small town and attracts thousands of people from all across the state. It is something the townspeople are quite proud of!
The town’s original settlers arrived from Germany in 1836 and named their new home in honor of their homeland of Westphalia, Germany. The town has continued to grow and prosper for 178 years and will continue to do so!
Sources: 2010 Census (Factfinder); Wikipedia (for area)