Luna Pier, Michigan

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Luna Pier, Michigan
City
Luna Pier Rd., facing west from the pier
Luna Pier Rd., facing west from the pier
Official seal of Luna Pier, Michigan
Seal
Location in Monroe County and the state of Michigan
Location in Monroe County and the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 41°48′25″N 83°26′33″W / 41.80694°N 83.44250°W / 41.80694; -83.44250
Country United States
State Michigan
County Monroe
Government
 • Mayor David Davison[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 1.68 sq mi (4.35 km2)
 • Land 1.50 sq mi (3.88 km2)
 • Water 0.18 sq mi (0.47 km2)
Elevation 574 ft (175 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 1,436
 • Estimate (2013[4]) 1,402
 • Density 957.3/sq mi (369.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48157
Area code(s) 734
FIPS code 26-49700[5]
GNIS feature ID 0631215[6]

Luna Pier is a small city in Monroe County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located 6 miles (9.7 km) from the Ohio border along the coast of Lake Erie. Previously known as Lakewood,[7]it was established in the early 1900s and incorporated as a city in 1963. It functioned primarily as a resort for people living in the greater Toledo, Ohio and Metro Detroit area. The population was 1,436 at the 2010 census.

Recreational fishing on Luna Pier

Its most prominent feature is a large crescent-shaped pier made of concrete, approximately 800 ft (240 m) long and reaching around 200 feet (61 m) out into Lake Erie. The pier is flanked by sandy beaches and man-made rock and concrete embankments. On most days, the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Port Clinton can be seen from the pier. Also visible, are the Toledo Harbor Light and shipping channel.

Luna Pier, now established with mainly year round residents, attracts tourists interested in fishing, the public beach, bike trails, public boat ramp, marinas, ball fields, lake front scenery and the small-town atmosphere. The city is served by Mason Consolidated Schools.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.68 square miles (4.35 km2), of which 1.50 square miles (3.88 km2) is land and 0.18 square miles (0.47 km2) is water.[2]

Transportation[edit]

The city of Luna Pier is served by Interstate 75, with connections north to Detroit and Flint (via Interstate 275), and connections south to Toledo, Ohio.

Two roads go in and out of Luna Pier, one being Luna Pier Road, which runs west to US Route 23, US Route 24, and US Route 223. The other is Gaynier Road, which leads northwest out of town.

Luna Pier is served by Canadian National Railway with BNSF-contracted coal trains that go to the Consumers Energy J.R. Whiting Generating Plant, located on Erie Road south of Luna Pier. Norfolk Southern Railway has railroad tracks through the area, but does not serve any industries.

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,436 people, 608 households, and 373 families residing in the city. The population density was 957.3 inhabitants per square mile (369.6/km2). There were 702 housing units at an average density of 468.0 per square mile (180.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.2% White, 0.8% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.0% of the population.

There were 608 households of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.1% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.7% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 41.7 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22% were from 25 to 44; 35.8% were from 45 to 64; and 10.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,483 people, 592 households, and 406 families residing in the city. The population density was 956.9 per square mile (369.4/km²). There were 661 housing units at an average density of 426.5 per square mile (164.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.48% White, 1.01% Native American, 0.94% from other races, 0.20% African American, and 2.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.03% of the population.

There were 592 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,909, and the median income for a family was $50,000. Males had a median income of $40,850 versus $25,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,325. About 10.9% of families and 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.9% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

Official Seal of the City of Luna Pier[edit]

The Official Seal of the City of Luna Pier was drawn by Charles D. Calengor in 1964 or 1965. Mr. Calengor was an art teacher at the Luna Pier School, and had moved to teaching art at Mason High School at the time he created the city's seal. The home shown in the left side of the seal was Mr. & Mrs. Calengor's own home, which still exists on Lakewood Drive. On the right side of the seal can be seen Consumers Energy's J.R. Whiting Generating Plant, which is located just south of Luna Pier. At one point the plant's smoke was removed from the city seal at the insistence of some residents due to environmental concerns. However, most versions of the seal still retain the smoke seen in Mr. Calengor's original artwork.

Annual Events[edit]

  • Memorial Day Ceremonies at 1st St. Memorial Park
  • City-Wide Yard Sale & Fireworks, 1st Saturday in July
  • Sparkler 5K Run, 1st Sunday in July
  • Bootleggers & Blues Festival, 3rd Saturday in July
  • Kids' Day (Bike & Pet Parade, Petting Zoo, Cardboard Boat Race), 3rd Saturday in August
  • Helen Tiffany Labor Day Three-Mile Walk

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kisonas, Ray (11 May 2013). "Luna Pier Mayor Appointed". Monroe News. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ U. S. G. S. Topographic Map, 1:250,000, Toledo (NK 17-7), published in 1948 and revised in 1956

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Coordinates: 41°48′25″N 83°26′33″W / 41.80694°N 83.44250°W / 41.80694; -83.44250