Introduction to Marquette, Michigan

Marquette, Michigan, in Marquette county, is 143 miles N of Green Bay, Wisconsin and 243 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. About 19,661 people live in Marquette.

Marquette History

Development of the area began in 1844, when William Burt and Jacob Houghton discovered iron deposits near Teal Lake, which is west of Marquette. Jackson Mining Company, the first organized mining company in the region, was formed in 1845. The village of Marquette was formed on September 14, 1849 and incorporated as a city in 1871. During the 1850s, the city was linked by rail to several mines and became the leading shipping center of the Upper Peninsula.

Marquette and nearby Attractions

  • Marquette Tourist Park
  • Marquette County History Museum
  • UP Children Museum
  • Marquette Maritime Museum
  • Presque Isle Park
  • Michigan Iron Industry Museum

Things To Do In Marquette

The parks and recreation department in the city offers various playgrounds and public beaches where you can enjoy activities like soccer, softball and baseball. The other recreational facilities her include a BMX track, tennis courts and two public swimming beaches.

Marquette Transportation

Sawyer International is the closest major airport to the city.

Marquette Higher Education

Northern Michigan University and Marquette General Hospital are the two institutes in the city providing higher education.


Total Population 21,444
Male Share of the Population 53.3%
Female Share of the Population 46.7%
Senior Citizens 13%
Employed Population 16+ 9,521
Age of the Population 28


% of people married 30%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $60,500
% Above Poverty Level 73.5%
% Below Poverty Level 26.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 17.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 40.3%
Median Gross Rent $655
Median House Value $160,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 8.5%
Irish 10.7%

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

Marquette Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 143 miles N of Green Bay, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 243 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Marquette
Standard Zip Codes 49855
Phone Area Codes 906
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.543
Longitude -87.395

Marquette Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.7 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 27.1 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
Distance 35.8 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 23 F
Apr Temp 30 to 46 F
Jul Temp 54 to 73 F
Oct Temp 38 to 52 F
Annual Precip 35.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ishpeming 6,517 $49,821
Negaunee 4,609 $61,583

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

Marquette Public Libraries

Peter White Public Library
Marquette, Michigan
(906) 228-9510
Library Web Site

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Marquette Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(906) 228-9440
Emergency Service: Yes

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Marquette High Schools

Serves 1,332 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

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Historic Marquette


Light-House Point c1899.

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Light-House Point c1899.

Light House Point 1905 (est.)

Marquette (Lighthouse Point) c1898.

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