Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

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Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Introduction to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is 213 miles N of Saginaw, Michigan and 295 miles N of Detroit, Michigan. It is in Chippewa County. The population of the city is 16,542.

Sault Ste. Marie History

Sault Ste. Marie was once inhabited by the Ojibwa Native Americans. They referred to the area as Baawitigong. French missionaries Jacques Marquette and Claude Dablon founded the city of Sault Ste. Marie in 1668. It is the third oldest city in the United States. Sault Ste. Marie derived its name from a French term meaning "waterfall" or "leap." It was originally incorporated as a village in 1879. In 1887 Sault Ste. Marie was reincorporated as a city.

Sault Ste. Marie and nearby Attractions

  • Tahquamenon Falls
  • Museum Ship Valley Camp
  • Tower of History
  • Brimley State Park
  • River of History Museum

Things To Do In Sault Ste. Marie

White staying at Sault Ste. Marie, you can plan a tour to the Tahquamenon Falls and Whitefish Point. During winters you can go for a snowmobile excursion and view the whitetail deer and snow bunnies while traveling along the snow covered trails. You can also view the unique rock formations on the cliffs of Lake Superior.

Sault Ste. Marie Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chippewa County International Airport.

Sault Ste. Marie Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are offered by Lake Superior State University, Northwood University, Delta College, Central Michigan University and many other colleges.

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High Points

Sault Ste Marie strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Michigan):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Sault Ste Marie Public Transportation Use
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Sault Ste Marie Short Commute Times
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Sault Ste Marie Walking and Biking to Work
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Sault Ste Marie Affordability of Rents
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 19% Sault Ste Marie Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Comparing Sault Ste Marie to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Michigan (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 6 7
Racial Diversity 5 9
Senior Citizens 4 4
Age of the Population 3 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 2 3
Portion of People Married 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 4 6
Median Family Income 3 3
People in Middle Class or Better 3 3
People Above Poverty 3 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 9 9
Public Transportation Use 8 10
Working at Home 6 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 9 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 8
People Living Alone 9 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 7
Housing Recently Built 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 8 7
Low Property Crime 7 6

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Sault Ste Marie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 213 miles N of Saginaw, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 295 miles N of Detroit, Michigan
County Chippewa
Standard Zip Codes 49783, 49788
Company Zip Codes 49784, 49785, 49786
Phone Area Codes 906
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.495
Longitude -84.345

Sault Ste Marie 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 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 22 F
Apr Temp 29 to 48 F
Jul Temp 52 to 76 F
Oct Temp 36 to 53 F
Annual Precip 34.6 inches
Station RUDYARD 4 N
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 23 F
Apr Temp 28 to 52 F
Jul Temp 51 to 77 F
Oct Temp 33 to 53 F
Annual Precip 30.3 inches
Station NEWBERRY 3 S
Distance 56.4 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 24 F
Apr Temp 29 to 51 F
Jul Temp 54 to 78 F
Oct Temp 36 to 55 F
Annual Precip 30.8 inches
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Sault Ste Marie Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 16,542 100%
Male 9,090 55%
Female 7,452 45%
Under 18 3,206 19.4%
18+ 13,336 80.6%
65+ 2,062 12.5%
Median Age 32.8
Average Family Size 2.92
White 12,239 74%
African-American 1,077 6.5%
Asian 107 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 2,270 13.7%
Other 77 0.5%
Mixed Race 763 4.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 308 1.9%

Estimated Sault Ste Marie Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 14,318
Growth -2,224
Growth % -13.4%

Sault Ste Marie Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.4%
German 14.6%
Irish 10.2%
French (except Basque) 8.1%
English 8%
Italian 6%
Polish 5.6%
US/American 4.3%
Scottish 3.4%
Finnish 3%
French Canadian 2.3%
Swedish 1.6%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Dutch 1.5%
African 1.5%
Norwegian 0.9%
European 0.9%
Canadian 0.8%
Belgian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.5%
Czech 0.4%
Welsh 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Moroccan 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Sault Ste Marie Public Libraries

Bayliss Public Library
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
(906) 632-9331
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Sault Ste Marie Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(906) 635-4460
Emergency Service: No

Wal-mart in Sault Ste Marie

(As of 2006)
4516 I-75 Business Spur
(906) 632-0572
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