Hillsdale is a city in the state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,305. It is the county seat of Hillsdale County, and is run as a council-manager government. The city is the home of Hillsdale College, a private liberal arts college noted for its academics and its influence in politics and education. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.6 square miles 15 square kilometers, of which 5.3 square miles 14 square kilometers is land and 0.2 square miles 0.52 square kilometers (4.32%) is water. The city is situated mostly within Hillsdale Township, but is a municipality governed independently of the township.