Ossineke, Michigan

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Ossineke, Michigan
Census-designated place & Unincorporated community
Location of Ossineke within Alpena County, Michigan
Location of Ossineke within Alpena County, Michigan
Coordinates: 44°54′26″N 83°25′44″W / 44.90722°N 83.42889°W / 44.90722; -83.42889Coordinates: 44°54′26″N 83°25′44″W / 44.90722°N 83.42889°W / 44.90722; -83.42889
CountryUnited States
CountyAlpena County
TownshipSanborn Township
 • Total3.67 sq mi (9.50 km2)
 • Land3.66 sq mi (9.47 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total938
 • Density256/sq mi (99.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code49766
Area code(s)989
FIPS code26-61500[1]
GNIS feature ID2393175[2]

Ossineke is an unincorporated community in Sanborn Township, Alpena County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a census-designated place (CDP) used for statistical purposes. The population was 938 at the 2010 census.[3] The community is located several miles south of Alpena on U.S. Highway 23. The name is derived from the Anishinaabe word (either the Ojibwa or the Ottawa) zhingaabewasiniigigaabawaad, meaning "Where the image stones stood",[4] though the modern Anishinaabe name for the place is asiniike, meaning "to quarry".[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.5 km2), of which 0.012 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.30%, is water.[3] Ossineke is part of Northern Michigan.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,059 people, 416 households, and 306 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 287.8 per square mile (111.1/km²). There were 516 housing units at an average density of 140.2 per square mile (54.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.49% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.19% of the population.

There were 416 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 22.4% 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 2.52 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,667, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $19,464 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,519. About 12.1% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under age 18 and 15.0% of those age 65 or over.



Indian Trails provides daily intercity bus service between St. Ignace and Bay City, Michigan.[6]

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox[edit]

A large statue of Paul Bunyan with a neutered Babe the Blue Ox is on site in downtown Ossineke, on US-23. This was accomplished after a "mega-move" from its original site in Spruce, Michigan.[7]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ossineke, Michigan
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Ossineke CDP, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  4. ^ A History of the Place Names of Alpena County
  5. ^ Weshki-ayaad, Lippert, Gambill Freelang Ojibwe Dictionary
  6. ^ "BAY CITY-ALPENA-CHEBOYGAN-ST. IGNACE" (PDF). Indian Trails. March 19, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  7. ^ Roadside attractions, Ossineke, Michigan Babe and Paul Bunyan