Marquette County, Michigan
|Founded||March 9, 1843, organized 1851|
|Named for||Jacques Marquette|
|• Total||3,425 sq mi (8,870 km2)|
|• Land||1,808 sq mi (4,680 km2)|
|• Water||1,616 sq mi (4,190 km2) 47%%|
|• Density||37/sq mi (14/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Marquette County is a county located in the Upper Peninsula of the US state of Michigan. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 66,017. The county seat is Marquette. The county is named for Father Marquette, a Jesuit missionary. It was set off in 1843 and organized in 1851. 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.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,425 square miles (8,870 km2), of which 1,808 square miles (4,680 km2) is land and 1,616 square miles (4,190 km2) (47%) is water. It is the largest county in Michigan by land area and fourth-largest by total area.
National protected areas
Last updated June 8, 2021.
According to the Lake Superior Community Partnership website, the top employers in the county are:
*Bolded values have been updated for 2021.
- Sawyer International Airport, a county-owned public-use facility, 20 miles (32 km) south of Marquette
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. In 2010, the commission planned to build CR 595. The project was canceled after the permit was denied by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the project funding was diverted.
|US Decennial Census|
The 2010 United States Census, indicates Marquette County had a population of 67,077. This increase of 2,443 people from 2000 represents a growth of 3.8%. In 2010 there were 27,538 households and 16,664 families 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.
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.
The county population contained 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.
Marquette County was reliably Republican following the American Civil War; its voters went Republican (or Republican-splinter) in every election from 1876 through 1932. However, that shifted in 1936; since then, the Republican nominee has carried the county in only five out of 22 elections through 2020, and it has become the most reliably Democratic county in the Upper Peninsula.
The county government operates Sawyer International Airport, the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, records deeds, mortgages, and vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget and has 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.
- County Clerk: Linda Talsma
- County Treasurer: Anne Giroux
- Drain Commissioner: P. Michael Farrell
- Mine Inspector: John Carlson
- Prosecuting Attorney: Matthew J. Wiese
- Register of Deeds: Carla L'Huillier
- Sheriff: Gregory S. Zyburt
Northern Michigan University is a four-year university in Marquette. It was established in 1899.
There are ten historical markers in the county:
- Cliffs Shaft Mine
- Dandelion Cottage
- Father Marquette Park
- First Steam Railroad in Upper Peninsula
- Ishpeming: Historic Ski Center
- Jackson Mine
- Marquette County Courthouse
- Marquette Iron Range
- Northern Michigan University
- Sam Cohodas Lodge / Sam Cohodas
Other unincorporated communities
- Beaver Grove
- Brookton Corners
- Eagle Mills
- Empire Iron Mine
- Green Garden
- Huron Mountain
- Little Lake
- Maple Grove
- Midway Location
- National Mine
- North Lake
- Sand River
- South Greenwood
- South Republic
- Suomi Location
- Witch Lake
- The L'Anse Indian Reservation, which is primarily based in Baraga County to the west, has a small portion within Chocolay Township.
- The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, which is headquartered in Sault Ste. Marie in Chippewa County, occupies a very small piece of property within the city limits of Marquette.
- List of Michigan State Historic Sites in Marquette County, Michigan
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Marquette County, Michigan
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