Marquette County is a county in the Upper peninsula of the US state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 67,077.[2] The county seat is Marquette.[3]Marquette County is the largest county in land area in Michigan, and the most populous county in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Marquette County comprises the Marquette, MI Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Geography[edit | edit source]

The county is named for Father Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit missionary. It was set off in 1843 and organized in 1851.[1] The Huron Mountainsare located in the county. According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 3,424.54 square miles (8,869.5 km2), of which 1,808.40 square miles (4,683.7 km2) (or 52.81%) is land and 1,616.14 square miles (4,185.8 km2) (or 47.19%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]

See also: List of counties bordering eight counties

National protected areas[edit | edit source]

University[edit | edit source]

Northern Michigan University is a four-year university, established in 1899, located in Marquette, Michigan, on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The school is home to over 9,000 students and offers over 100 academic programs leading to degrees at the levels of bachelor, associate, certificate, as well as several graduate programs. Their Teaching, Learning and Communication (TLC) program, which is the largest of its kind in the country, gives every student an IBM ThinkPad or Apple MacBook. NMU has the world's largest wooden dome, the Superior Dome. It is also home to the United States Olympic Education Center, or USOEC, one of only four US Olympic training centers and the only one affiliated with a university. Athletes receive scholarships and utilize the school's facilities training in several sports: Men's and Women's Weightlifting; Boxing; Men's and Women's Speedskating; Greco-Roman Wrestling; and Women's Freestyle Wrestling.

State trunkline highways[edit | edit source]

Main article: List of state highways in Marquette County

Highways include:

In addition to the 169.42 miles (272.66 km) of state highways in the county, the Marquette County Road Commission maintains 283.85 miles (456.81 km) of primary county roads which include County Road 492 (CR 492), and 988.25 miles (1,590.43 km) of secondary county roads. The road commission provides maintenance such as snow removal under contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation for the state trunklines.[5] The commission was also planning to buildCR 595 in the next few years.[6] The project was canceled after the permit was denied by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the funding for the project was diverted by the commercial interests backing construction.[7]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Historical population
1850 136
1860 2,821 1,974.3%
1870 15,033 432.9%
1880 25,394 68.9%
1890 39,521 55.6%
1900 41,239 4.3%
1910 46,739 13.3%
1920 45,786 −2.0%
1930 44,076 −3.7%
1940 47,144 7.0%
1950 47,654 1.1%
1960 56,154 17.8%
1970 64,686 15.2%
1980 74,101 14.6%
1990 70,887 −4.3%
2000 64,634 −8.8%
2010 67,077 3.8%
Est. 2012 67,906 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 Estimate[9]

The 2010 United States Census,[10] indicates Marquette County had a population of 67,077. This is an increase of 2,443 people from2000, representing a growth of 3.8%. In 2010 there were 27,538 households and 16,664 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 34,330 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (8/km²). 93.8% of the population were White, 1.7% Native American, 1.7% Black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% of some other race and 2.0% of two or more races. 1.1% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 18.8% were of Finnish, 13.3% German, 10.5% French, French Canadian or Cajun, 9.3% English, 6.8% Italian, 6.2% Irish and 5.8%Swedish ancestry.[11]

There were 27,538 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.81.

In 2010, the age distribution of the county was as follows:18.7% were under the age of 18, 14.8% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.4 years. The population is 50.5% male and 49.5% female.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,875, and the median income for a family was $52,083. The per capita income for the county was $22,170. About 6.4% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit | edit source]

The county government operates the jail, KI Sawyer International Airport, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public healthregulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissionerscontrols the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions – police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

Marquette County elected officials[edit | edit source]

(information as of June 2013)[12]

Historical markers[edit | edit source]

There are ten historical markers in the County,[13] namely:

Cities, villages, and townships[edit | edit source]

Cities[edit | edit source]

Villages[edit | edit source]


Unincorporated communities[edit | edit source]

  • Arnold
  • Big Bay
  • Carlshend
  • Gwinn
  • Harvey
  • K. I. Sawyer AFB
  • Michigamme
  • Palmer
  • Republic
  • Suomi
  • Trowbridge Park
  • West Ishpeming

Townships[edit | edit source]

  • Champion Township
  • Chocolay Charter Township
  • Ely Township
  • Ewing Township
  • Forsyth Township
  • Humboldt Township
  • Ishpeming Township
  • Marquette Township
  • Michigamme Township
  • Negaunee Township
  • Powell Township
  • Republic Township
  • Richmond Township
  • Sands Township
  • Skandia Township
  • Tilden Township
  • Turin Township
  • Wells Township
  • West Branch Township

See also[edit | edit source]

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