Introduction to Ishpeming, Michigan

Ishpeming, Michigan, in Marquette county, is 137 miles N of Green Bay, Wisconsin (center to center) and 238 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Ishpeming History

Chippewa Indians originally inhabited this region. The name "Ishpeming" was derived from the Indian word "ishpiming" meaning "on the summit." According to research, in the Ojibwa dialect of Anishinaabe language, this word meant "heaven." The community's history dates back to the 1840s when iron ore was discovered. Records indicate that in 1846, Madji-Gesick, a Native Indian, took explorer Philo Everett to the "shining mountain." This 1,000 foot wide, 180 foot high mountain contained ore. The spot was later named "Jasper Knob," and is currently referred to as the World's Largest Gemstone. Prior to the 1860's, the settlement was known as "The Lake Superior Location" but it was renamed "Ishpeming" in 1862. The concept of organized skiing in the US is also believed to have been born in this city.

Ishpeming and Nearby Attractions

  • Marquette County Historical Society Museum
  • Van Riper State Park
  • U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
  • Fayette Historic Townsite
  • Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum

Things To Do In Ishpeming

Ishpeming is home to numerous places of historic interest. The Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum houses exhibits commemorating Marquette Iron Range's mining history. Old Ish Statue, a Native American figure, has been situated in the city since 1884. Jasper Knob is the historic hill composed entirely of jaspilite. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, which is located in Ishpeming, also includes the Roland Palmedo Memorial Library, a theater, a gift shop, and archive material and collections. The 1,044-acre Van Riper State Park is situated on Lake Michigamme and features a beach, as well as fishing and camping areas. Fayette Historic Townsite, which is the site of a productive iron-smelting operation in the Upper Peninsula, is another popular destination. The community also hosts the annual Italian Fest, and the ski jumping competition.

Ishpeming Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Sawyer International Airport.

Ishpeming Higher Education

Colleges close to Ishpeming are Northern Michigan University, Michigan Technological University, University of Wisconsin, and North East Wisconsin Technical College.


Total Population 6,517
Male Share of the Population 45.8%
Female Share of the Population 54.2%
Senior Citizens 16%
Employed Population 16+ 2,805
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 46.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $49,821
% Above Poverty Level 79.4%
% Below Poverty Level 20.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 38.8%
Median Gross Rent $489
Median House Value $77,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.8%
US/American 0%
English 19.8%
Irish 5.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ishpeming Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 137 miles N of Green Bay, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 238 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Marquette
Standard Zip Codes 49849
P.O. Box Zip Codes 49865
Phone Area Codes 906
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.488
Longitude -87.667

Ishpeming Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 20 F
Apr Temp 27 to 46 F
Jul Temp 54 to 75 F
Oct Temp 34 to 51 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches
Distance 14.2 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 25 F
Apr Temp 33 to 48 F
Jul Temp 57 to 76 F
Oct Temp 40 to 55 F
Annual Precip 30 inches
Distance 37.4 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 25 F
Apr Temp 27 to 51 F
Jul Temp 52 to 79 F
Oct Temp 35 to 57 F
Annual Precip 30.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ishpeming, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

National Mine (49865)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Marquette 21,444 $60,500
Negaunee 4,609 $61,583

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ishpeming Public Libraries

Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library
317 N. MAIN
Ishpeming, Michigan
(906) 486-4381

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Ishpeming High Schools

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Serves 618 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

A Magnet School.
Serves 397 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

Serves 347 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 72 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

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Historic Ishpeming


S.S. Ishpeming on the ways. 1906

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S.S. Ishpeming on the ways. 1906

Launch of the S.S. Ishpeming. c1906.

On the eleven mile drive near Ishpeming (birch drive) c1898.

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