Introduction to Manistee, Michigan

Manistee, Michigan, in Manistee county, is 77 miles NE of Sheboygan, Wisconsin (center to center) and 115 miles NE of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Manistee History

The word Manistee is an Ojibwe term meaning "spirit of the woods." The river was initially named Manistee, and the county was subsequently named after it. Later, the community was named after the county. In the early 1800s, Missionaries visited Manistee and established a Jesuit mission house on the shore of Lake Manistee in 1826. In 1832, a group of traders from Massachusetts constructed a log house over the Manistee River, but the Indian settlers drove them off. Intending to establish a saw mill, John Stronach, and his brother, arrived at the mouth of the Manistee River in 1841. This eventually led to the establishment of the community.

Manistee and Nearby Attractions

  • Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary
  • Orchard Beach State Park
  • Manistee National Forest
  • Manistee County Historical Museum
  • Fifth Avenue Beach
  • Magoon Creek Natural Area

Things To Do In Manistee

The city of Manistee is home to numerous museums including the Arcadia Area Historical Museum, the Brethren Heritage Museum, the Manistee County Historical Museum, the Marilla Historical Museum, and the Kaleva Train Depot Museum. Fifth Avenue Beach, and First Street Beach are also located in Manistee. Popular parks and natural areas include Lake Bluff Audubon Center, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area, Magoon Creek Natural Area, and the Orchard Beach State Park. The community also hosts the National Forest Festival in June, Bear Lake Days in July, and the Manistee County Fair in August every year.

Manistee Transportation

The Austin Straubel International Airport is located close by.

Manistee Higher Education

Colleges near Manistee inlude the Northwestern Michigan College, Muskegon Community College, and Ferris State University.


Total Population 6,136
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 20%
Employed Population 16+ 2,299
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 45.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $45,186
% Above Poverty Level 81%
% Below Poverty Level 19%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 38.2%
Median Gross Rent $589
Median House Value $93,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.4%
US/American 0%
English 9.3%
Irish 12.1%

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

Manistee Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 77 miles NE of Sheboygan, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 115 miles NE of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Manistee
Standard Zip Codes 49660
Phone Area Codes 231
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.244
Longitude -86.324

Manistee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 30 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
Distance 33.5 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 53 to 82 F
Oct Temp 35 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Stronach (49660)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bear Lake 370 $49,688
Eastlake 490 $54,583
Fountain 146 $43,750
Free Soil 143 $42,000
Onekama 448 $59,500
Scottville 1,283 $37,083

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

Manistee Public Libraries

Manistee County Library
Manistee, Michigan
(231) 723-2519
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Manistee Hospitals

(231) 398-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Manistee High Schools

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Serves 605 students.

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Serves 94 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.5

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