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Vandalia is a village in Cass Countymarker in the U.S. state of Michiganmarker. The population was 429 at the 2000 census. It is part of the South BendmarkerMishawakamarker, INmarker-MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 429 people, 127 households, and 101 families residing in the village. The population density was 432.5 per square mile (167.3/km²). There were 157 housing units at an average density of 158.3/sq mi (61.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 37.30% White, 47.55% African American, 0.23% Native American, 8.39% Asian, 1.17% from other races, and 5.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.56% of the population.

There were 127 households out of which 41.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 22.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.7% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.38 and the average family size was 3.69.

In the village the population was spread out with 38.5% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 15.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 111.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $30,417, and the median income for a family was $31,750. Males had a median income of $28,462 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the village was $11,394. About 12.9% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.




Vandalia hosted a station of the Underground Railroad. An Underground Railroad memorial sign resides at Milo E. Barnes Park just off M-60. Other locations in Penn Townshipmarker, in which Vandalia is located, also were affiliated with the Underground Railroad.

Vandalia is also known as the nearest incorporated community to the defunct Rainbow Farmmarker.


  1. Underground Railroad Activity in Southwestern Michigan. Local Legacies, Library of Congress.
  2. The Underground Railroad (Registered Site S0137). Michigan Historical Markers.

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