Introduction to Mount Pleasant, Michigan

The Michigan city of Mount Pleasant, county seat of Isabella County, is seated on the banks of the Chippewa River about 70 miles north of the state capital of Lansing. Serviced principally by U.S. Route 27 and Michigan State Highway 20, Mount Pleasant is home to the main campus of Central Michigan University. The eastern part of the city is on the Isabella Indian Reservation, site of the Soaring Eagle Casino.

Incorporated as a village in 1875 and later as a city in 1889, Mount Pleasant was the site of a major oil strike in the late 1920s which significantly changed the face of the city. Many oil companies established their headquarters in Mount Pleasant and drilling contractors also based their shops and storage facilities in the city, making Mount Pleasant the oil capital of Michigan. The origins of Central Michigan University trace back to 1892, when the Central Michigan Normal School was opened as a teacher-training facility. The school was renamed the Central State Teacher's College in 1927 before becoming the Central Michigan College of Education in 1941 and later the Central Michigan College in 1955. In 1959 the school changed names for the final time, becoming Central Michigan University.

Things to do in Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant's Native American heritage and rich history, together with the splendor of the area's natural attractions, give visitors a wide variety of things to see and enjoy. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, a significant part of the Mount Pleasant community, is also a dynamic contributor to the area's wealth of attractions. The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort is the largest gaming facility in the Midwest, with over 4,000 slot machines, well over 100 table games, and world class entertainment. The Tribe's proud cultural heritage is displayed in the Ziibiwing Cultural Center, which also includes a research center, meeting and conference facilities, cafe, and gift shop. The annual "Saginaw Chippewa Pow Wow" is an August festival which attracts dancers and drummers from all over the nation and which provides visitors the opportunity to sample traditional Native American food and experience many elements of Native culture.

Nature lovers won't want to pass up a trip to the Florence Maxwell Sanctuary, a 40-acre preserve ideal for bird watching. The Chippewa River is an ever-present venue offering fishing, canoeing, and many other outdoor activities. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy 13 courses within a 30-minute drive of the city, and more than 15 local parks provide an abundance of opportunities for picnicking, swimming, biking, hiking, sledding, cross country skiing, and more. The Mount Pleasant area also houses many great military memorials including the Michigan Vietnam State Memorial, constructed in 1990 by local Vietnam veterans and volunteers to honor all Michigan natives who sacrificed their lives by name and those listed as Missing in Action. Also located in Mount Pleasant are the W.W.I and W.W.II Memorials and the Korean Memorial.

Fans of college sports can enjoy an abundance of athletic competition right in town. The Central Michigan University Chippewas compete in NCAA's Division I as part of the Mid-American Conference. Fans of horse racing can watch thoroughbred and quarter horse action from May through September at the Mount Pleasant Meadows. For professional sports, there are a couple of Minor League Baseball teams not too far away. The nearby city of Midland, 30 minutes to the east, is home to the Great Lakes Loons, a Class-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. A little further away in the state capital of Lansing are the Lansing Lugnuts, a Class-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Loons and Lugnuts both compete in the Midwest League.


Total Population 26,134
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 8.3%
Employed Population 16+ 11,694
Age of the Population 22


% of people married 20.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $56,822
% Above Poverty Level 56.6%
% Below Poverty Level 43.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 18.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%


People Living Alone 33.7%
Median Gross Rent $716
Median House Value $123,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.4%
Irish 15.5%

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

Mount Pleasant Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 42 miles W of Saginaw, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 123 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Isabella
Standard Zip Codes 48858
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48804
Company Zip Codes 48859
Phone Area Codes 989
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.597
Longitude -84.767

Mount Pleasant Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 28 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 59 F
Annual Precip 31.5 inches
Station ALMA
Distance 15.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.4 inches
Distance 28.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 30.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alma 9,264 $44,212
Clare 3,042 $44,392
Coleman 1,291 $32,656
Rosebush 358 $42,917
Shepherd 1,525 $53,563
St. Louis 7,355 $50,114

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

Mount Pleasant Public Libraries

Chippewa River District Library System
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
(989) 773-3288
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Mount Pleasant Hospitals

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(989) 772-6700
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

Serves 334 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 37.6

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Serves 74 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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