Introduction to Petoskey, Michigan

Petoskey, Michigan, in Emmet county, is 144 miles N of Saginaw, Michigan and 217 miles NE of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city contains a population of approximately 6,080.

Petoskey History

The Odawa Indians were the original inhabitants of this region. The community was founded by Chief Ignatius Petosega, and was named in his honor. The word Petoskey is actually an Indian term meaning "where the light shines through the clouds." In the later part of the 19th century, the federal government abolished the Indian establishment, and the area was opened up for settlement. The area has a high concentration of the Petoskey stone, which is the state stone of Michigan. This stone was also named after the Odawa Indian chief.

Petoskey and nearby Attractions

  • Petoskey Marina
  • Bay Harbor History Museum
  • Fort Michilimackinac
  • Petoskey State Park
  • Little Traverse History Museum

Things To Do In Petoskey

Little Traverse History Museum, located in the city, houses exhibits in an 1892 railroad depot. Fort Michilimackinac, constructed by the French in the 18th century, served as a fur trading post. During the Revolution, the fort was a garrison for the British troops. It now includes reconstructed buildings that were once occupied by French, British and American troops. Fisherman's Island State Park, located on an island in Lake Michigan, features a shoreline, dunes and nature trails. Petoskey State Park and Burt Lake State Park offer facilities for camping, fishing and boating. In addition, the community organizes the Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair, the Festival on the Bay, the Winter Carnival and the C.S. Lewis Festival every year.

Petoskey Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chippewa County International Airport.

Petoskey Higher Education

Petoskey is home to the North Central Michigan College. Northwestern Michigan College, Lake Superior State University and Ferris State University are also close by as well.


Total Population 5,725
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 17.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,061
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 43.4%
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 $70,781
% Above Poverty Level 87.6%
% Below Poverty Level 12.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 18.6%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 42.5%
Median Gross Rent $639
Median House Value $173,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.9%
US/American 0%
English 19.5%
Irish 14.8%

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

Petoskey Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 144 miles N of Saginaw, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 217 miles NE of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Emmet
Standard Zip Codes 49770
Phone Area Codes 231
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.373
Longitude -84.955

Petoskey Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 26 F
Apr Temp 33 to 48 F
Jul Temp 59 to 75 F
Oct Temp 40 to 56 F
Annual Precip 31.1 inches
Distance 17.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 30 to 55 F
Jul Temp 54 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.1 inches
Distance 29.2 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 25 F
Apr Temp 27 to 52 F
Jul Temp 50 to 80 F
Oct Temp 32 to 55 F
Annual Precip 31.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bay Harbor (49770)

Bay View (49770)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alanson 675 $46,500
Boyne City 3,766 $60,357
Boyne Falls 340 $48,625
Charlevoix 2,523 $56,563
Harbor Springs 1,044 $74,886
Pellston 861 $41,765

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

Petoskey Public Libraries

Petoskey Public Library
Petoskey, Michigan
(231) 347-4211
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Petoskey Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(231) 487-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Petoskey High Schools

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Serves 1,102 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

A Charter School.
Serves 158 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

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Historic Petoskey


Cushman House between 1890 and 1901

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Cushman House between 1890 and 1901

R.R. station c1908.

Residence of T.H. Rockwood between 1900 and 1905

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