|• Total||4.58 sq mi (11.86 km2)|
|• Land||4.32 sq mi (11.19 km2)|
|• Water||0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)|
|Elevation||1,099 ft (335 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||5,147|
|• Density||1,188.2/sq mi (458.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0629722|
Kingsford is located at
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,133 people, 2,224 households, and 1,357 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,188.2 inhabitants per square mile (458.8 /km2). There were 2,414 housing units at an average density of 558.8 per square mile (215.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.2% White, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.
There were 2,224 households of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.0% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.81.
The median age in the city was 44 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 20.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,549 people, 2,352 households, and 1,498 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,286.2 per square mile (497.1/km²). There were 2,477 housing units at an average density of 574.1 per square mile (221.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.84% White, 0.22% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.02% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population. 18.6% were of German, 15.9% Italian, 12.7% Swedish, 8.2% English, 7.8% French and 5.8% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 2,352 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,165, and the median income for a family was $41,283. Males had a median income of $34,280 versus $22,455 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,615. About 9.2% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.
Some of Kingsford's main sources of work are Grede Foundries and a nearby paper mill, which is located between Kingsford and Norway.
The neighboring city, Iron Mountain, is home to Pine Mountain Ski Resort, containing one of the largest ski jumps in the world, the Pine Mountain Ski Jump. The ski resort hosts the annual FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup. This site formerly hosted The International Ski Jump Championship, and currently holds The National Ski Jump Championship every February.
Kingsford was the site of a Ford Motor Company factory which built wooden station wagon bodies beginning in 1931. During World War 2, Ford built a glider factory which manufactured more than 4,000 wooden frame Waco gliders for the US military. Scrap wood from the Ford factory was used to make charcoal. That operation was the foundation of the Kingsford Charcoal company.
Pit Bull Breed Ban Ordinance
Sec. 8-121. - As used herein, "Pit Bull Terrier" is hereby defined as any Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier breed of dog, or any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element of its breeding of Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or American Pit Bull Terrier, as to be identifiable as partially of the breed commonly known as Pit Bull Terriers by a qualified veterinarian duly licensed as such by the state. (Ord. No. 181, § 1, 5-4-1987) Sec. 8-122. - Penalties for violation.
- (a) No person shall possess, own, keep, or harbor a pit bull terrier within the municipal limits of the city.
- (b)In addition to the penalty for violating this section, any person violating this section shall pay all expenses, including shelter, food, veterinary expenses for identification or certification of the breed of the animal or boarding and veterinary expenses necessitated by seizure of the dog for protection of the public and such other expenses required for elimination or storage of such dog.
- (c)Any public safety officer, sheriff's deputy or officer authorized by law may seize or arrange for the removal of any Pit Bull Terrier from the city. If no arrangements are made by the owner of such animal for payment of such costs of seizure and impoundment or the removal of such animal from the city, within a period of five days, then such peace officer may arrange for such animal to be destroyed in a humane manner.
This ordinance is promoting breed discrimination. These laws fail to protect the public from dangerous dogs, they can result in deaths of good dogs who are destroyed simply because they are or look like pit bulls. Breed discrimination also does not keep in mind the owner, who will have to choose between their beloved family member or their home. The council that put this law into effect did not do their research and probably do not own a dog themselves, because a human and dog bond is the best kind of bond there is, regardless of the breed. There are many sources to help end this type of breed discrimination including bestfriends.org, stopbsl.org, and blessthebullys.com.
Activities include camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, snowmobile trails and a number of different water activities.
Pine Mountain Ski Lodge and Ski Hill are located in Breitung Township, Michigan which is part of Dickinson County. Kingsford also has the only airport in the area, the Ford Airport, which serviced the World War 2 Ford Glider factory.
Kingsford has its own Public Safety Department which includes the Police and Fire Departments as well as its own City Council.
City infrastructure includes city-pumped well water and its own filtration waste plant.
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