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Spring Arbor, Michigan is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) situated just west of center in Spring Arbor Township, Jackson County.

While unincorporated places have no legally defined boundaries in Michigan, Spring Arbor does have boundaries determined for the purpose of the US census. As per the CDP, Spring Arbor's northern boundary is King Road, Matthews Road forms its western boundary, Cox Road forms its southern boundary, and Dearing Road and Emerson Road form its eastern boundaries. Lime Lake and Falling Waters Trail are just south of the CDP.

The chief route through the community is M-60, also known as Spring Arbor Road, which bisects the community diagonally.

Cities and village within twenty-five miles of Ann Arbor include Concord, Parma, Jackson, Hanover, Homer, Albion, Jonesville, North Adams, Cement City, Litchfield, Springport, Brooklyn, Leslie, Hillsdale, Grass Lake, Tekonsha, and Addison, while the unincorporated communities of Sandstone and Horton are within ten miles.

Spring Arbor is home to Spring Arbor University, a private university affiliated with the Free Methodist Church denomination. Becoming a university in 1994, SAU is the second-largest evangelical Christian university in the state.

Built in 1873 on property previously belonging to Central Michigan College, the institution began as Spring Arbor Seminary, enrolling students in elementary and secondary grades. A junior college was added to the academy in 1923 when it became Spring Arbor Seminary and Junior College. Primary and intermediate classes were discontinued in 1930, and the school became Spring Arbor College in 1960. In 1963, the high school program was dropped and Spring Arbor College began offering a four-year program, becoming Spring Arbor University in 2001.

The Potawatomi inhabited three villages in Spring Arbor Township until they were forced to move to reservations near Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Spring Arbor was founded near the site of one of these villages.

Originally, the village was to be placed southwest of its current location, at what is now the intersection of Cross Road and Hammond Road, in the southwestern part of the township. Development at that site began but was halted when Michigan Central College, a Free Will Baptist seminary, moved to Hillsdale to become what is now known as Hillsdale College. A collection of homes and other buildings can be found at the original site of the village, near Falling Waters Park.

Isaac N. Swain is acknowledged to have founded Spring Arbor around 1838, and was named for the large number of springs that were in the area. Initially, it was spelled Spring Arbour. A post office was established at Spring Arbor on May 4, 1839, with Lemuel W. Douglass as postmaster.

Although Spring Arbor has never been incorporated as a village, the Spring Arbor CDP had a population of 2,916 in 2020, which was up from 2,188 in 2010. The primary employer in the CDP is Spring Arbor University.

The focal point of this portion of our web guide is on the unincorporated community and census-designated place known as Spring Arbor, Michigan. Online resources for governmental entities within the CDP, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities, are appropriate for this category.



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