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Marquette County, Michigan
2009-0618-UP-MarquetteCtyCourthouse.jpg
Marquette County Courthouse in Marquette
Map of Michigan highlighting Marquette County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded March 9, 1843, organized 1851[1]
Named for Jacques Marquette
Seat Marquette
Largest city Marquette
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

3,425 sq mi (8,871 km²)
1,808 sq mi (4,683 km²)
1,616 sq mi (4,185 km²), 47%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

66,017
37/sq mi (14/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.marquette.mi.us

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.[2] The county seat is Marquette.[3] The county is named for Father Marquette, a Jesuit missionary. It was set off in 1843 and organized in 1851.[1] 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[]

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.[4] It is the largest county in Michigan by land area and fourth-largest by total area.

The Huron Mountains are located in the county. To the north of the county is Lake Superior.

Adjacent counties[]

National protected areas[]

  • Hiawatha National Forest (part)
  • Huron National Wildlife Refuge
  • Ottawa National Forest (part)

Climate[]

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Economy[]

Top employers[]

Last updated June 8, 2021.

According to the Lake Superior Community Partnership website,[6] the top employers in the county are:

Private Employer # of Employees
UP Health System – Marquette 1,599
Cliffs Natural Resources, Michigan Operations 998
Upper Peninsula Medical Center 650
UP Health System – Bell 360
Walmart 392
RTI Surgical 230
Envoy Air 207
Eagle Mine 187
Westwood Mall Association 190
Eastwood Nursing Center 140
Alger-Marquette County Community Action Board 148
Norlite Nursing Center 110
Ojibwa Casino II 140
Superior Extrusion, Inc. 153
PotlatchDeltic 140
Pathways 108
Meijer 310
VanDamme Trucking 132
    
Public Employer # of Employees
Northern Michigan University 914
Marquette Area Public Schools 410
Michigan Department of Corrections 350
County of Marquette 251
Negaunee Public Schools 190
D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans 167
City of Marquette 185
NICE Community School District 163
Gwinn Area Community Schools 140
Ishpeming Public Schools 104

*Bolded values have been updated for 2021.

Transportation[]

Airports[]

  • Sawyer International Airport, a county-owned public-use facility, 20 miles (32 km) south of Marquette

Major highways[]

Map of the county's highways

  • US 41
  • M-28
  • M-35
  • M-94
  • M-95
  • M-553

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.[7] In 2010, the commission planned to build CR 595.[8] The project was canceled after the permit was denied by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the project funding was diverted.[9]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
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%
US Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2020[2]

The 2010 United States Census,[14] 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.[15]

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.

Government[]

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.

United States presidential election results for Marquette County, Michigan[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 16,286 43.37% 20,465 54.50% 799 2.13%
2016 14,646 44.09% 16,042 48.29% 2,530 7.62%
2012 13,606 42.06% 18,115 56.00% 625 1.93%
2008 12,906 38.80% 19,635 59.03% 719 2.16%
2004 14,690 45.22% 17,412 53.60% 386 1.19%
2000 12,577 43.10% 15,503 53.13% 1,099 3.77%
1996 8,805 32.91% 15,168 56.69% 2,785 10.41%
1992 9,665 30.56% 16,038 50.71% 5,926 18.74%
1988 11,704 42.92% 15,418 56.54% 145 0.53%
1984 14,196 49.98% 14,074 49.55% 132 0.46%
1980 13,181 44.71% 13,312 45.16% 2,986 10.13%
1976 12,984 49.34% 12,837 48.78% 494 1.88%
1972 13,249 52.67% 11,555 45.93% 353 1.40%
1968 8,960 42.68% 11,199 53.34% 836 3.98%
1964 6,615 31.96% 14,045 67.86% 36 0.17%
1960 10,690 48.77% 11,177 51.00% 50 0.23%
1956 12,504 56.62% 9,543 43.21% 37 0.17%
1952 11,618 53.65% 9,949 45.94% 88 0.41%
1948 8,591 45.06% 10,003 52.47% 470 2.47%
1944 8,163 40.93% 11,707 58.70% 74 0.37%
1940 9,034 41.10% 12,854 58.48% 94 0.43%
1936 7,607 38.33% 11,994 60.44% 243 1.22%
1932 9,810 55.65% 7,221 40.96% 598 3.39%
1928 10,879 68.81% 4,716 29.83% 216 1.37%
1924 9,771 70.70% 845 6.11% 3,204 23.18%
1920 9,233 70.46% 3,012 22.99% 858 6.55%
1916 5,263 63.18% 2,625 31.51% 442 5.31%
1912 2,603 33.28% 997 12.75% 4,222 53.98%
1908 5,613 74.78% 1,275 16.99% 618 8.23%
1904 5,654 82.94% 785 11.52% 378 5.54%
1900 5,235 75.52% 1,471 21.22% 226 3.26%
1896 5,111 70.11% 1,980 27.16% 199 2.73%
1892 3,874 53.03% 2,850 39.01% 581 7.95%
1888 4,512 65.76% 2,105 30.68% 244 3.56%
1884 4,230 73.49% 1,478 25.68% 48 0.83%
1880 2,434 65.08% 1,271 33.98% 35 0.94%
1876 2,308 56.88% 1,750 43.12% 0 0.00%



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.

Elected officials[]

  • County Clerk: Linda Talsma[17]
  • County Treasurer: Jacqueline Solomon[18]
  • Drain Commissioner: P. Michael Farrell[19]
  • Mine Inspector: Steve Bertucci[20]
  • Prosecuting Attorney: Matthew J. Wiese[21]
  • Register of Deeds: Carla L'Huillier[22]
  • Sheriff: Gregory S. Zyburt[23]

Education[]

Northern Michigan University is a four-year university in Marquette. It was established in 1899.

Historical markers[]

There are ten historical markers in the county:[24]

  • 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

Communities[]

U.S. Census data map showing local municipal boundaries within Marquette County. Shaded areas represent incorporated cities.

Cities[]

  • Ishpeming
  • Marquette (county seat)
  • Negaunee

Charter townships[]

  • Chocolay Charter Township
  • Marquette Charter Township

Civil townships[]

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

Census-designated places[]

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

Other unincorporated communities[]

  • Alder
  • Antlers
  • Arnold
  • Beaver Grove
  • Birch
  • Brookton Corners
  • Carlshend
  • Clarksburg
  • Dukes
  • Eagle Mills
  • Empire Iron Mine
  • Gordon
  • Green Garden
  • Greenwood
  • Homeier
  • Huron Mountain
  • Lakewood
  • Lawson
  • Little Lake
  • Maple Grove
  • McFarland
  • Midway Location
  • National Mine
  • North Lake
  • Northland
  • Sand River
  • Selma
  • Snowville
  • South Greenwood
  • South Republic
  • Suomi Location
  • Vick
  • Witch Lake

Indian reservations[]

  • 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.

See also[]

  • List of Michigan State Historic Sites in Marquette County, Michigan
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Marquette County, Michigan

References[]

  1. ^ a b Clarke Historical Library. "Bibliography on Marquette County". Central Michigan University. http://www.cmich.edu/library/clarke/AccessMaterials/Bibliographies/MichiganLocalHistory/Pages/marquette.aspx. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/marquettecountymichigan/POP010220. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_26.txt. 
  5. ^ "NASA Earth Observations Data Set Index". NASA. http://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/dataset_index.php. 
  6. ^ "2020/2021 Principal Employers – Marquette County". Lake Superior Community Partnership. https://marquette.org/principal-employers/. 
  7. ^ "Welcome to the Marquette County Road Commission". Marquette County Road Commission. 2009. http://www.co.marquette.mi.us/departments/road_commission/index.htm. 
  8. ^ McLaren, Noël (October 18, 2010). "County Road 595 Approved for Planning". Upper Michigan's Source (Negaunee, MI: WLUC-TV). http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/news/story.aspx?list=~%5Cnews%5Clists%5Crecent&id=527931. 
  9. ^ Pepin, John (January 4, 2013). "CR 595 Project Killed". The Mining Journal (Marquette, MI): pp. 1A, 8A. ISSN 0898-4964. http://www.miningjournal.net/page/content.detail/id/583130.html. 
  10. ^ "US Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/mi190090.txt. 
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  14. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  15. ^ Data Access and Dissemination Systems (DADS). "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of US Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  17. ^ "Linda Talsma, County Clerk". County of Marquette. n.d.. http://www.co.marquette.mi.us/departments/county_clerk/index.php. 
  18. ^ "Marquette County Treasurer". County of Marquette. n.d.. http://www.co.marquette.mi.us/departments/county_treasurer/index.php. 
  19. ^ "Marquette County Drain Commissioner: P. Michael Farrell". County of Marquette. n.d.. http://www.co.marquette.mi.us/county_government/drain_commissioner.php. 
  20. ^ "Marquette County Mine Inspector". County of Marquette. n.d.. http://www.co.marquette.mi.us/county_government/mine_inspector.php. 
  21. ^ "Prosecutor's Office". County of Marquette. n.d.. http://www.co.marquette.mi.us/departments/prosecutor_s_office/index.php. 
  22. ^ "Carla L'Huillier, Register of Deeds". County of Marquette. n.d.. http://www.co.marquette.mi.us/departments/register_of_deeds/index.php. 
  23. ^ "Welcome to the Sheriff's Office". County of Marquette. n.d.. http://www.co.marquette.mi.us/departments/sheriff_s_office/index.php. 
  24. ^ "Michigan Historical Markers". michmarkers.com. http://www.michmarkers.com/Frameset.htm. 

External links[]

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Coordinates: 46°40′N 87°36′W / 46.66, -87.60

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