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Overview

Introduction to Alma, Michigan

Alma, Michigan, in Gratiot county, is 35 miles W of Saginaw, Michigan (center to center) and 109 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan.

Alma History

Alma, established by Ralph Ely in 1853, was officially incorporated in 1872. Formerly named Elyton, Alma received status as a city in 1905. Some believe that the city is named after the wife of a local industrialist, but others claim that it was named for a battlefield in the Crimean War. The town of Alma is located on the Pine River.

Alma and Nearby Attractions

  • Ionia State Recreation Area
  • St. Charles Museum and Historical Society
  • Flat River Historical Museum
  • Chippewassee City Park
  • Dow Gardens

Things To Do In Alma

Alma has a number of recreational opportunities for visitors. The Splash Park at Ridge is an exciting outing for children. The Chippewassee City Park and Plymouth Park are popular picnic sites, and the Ionia State Recreation Area has picnic areas, hiking trails, and camp grounds, as well as swimming areas. Founder’s Day, Gratiot County Fair and the Highland Festival are popular local festivals.

Alma Transportation

Flights are available from MBS International Airport.

Alma Higher Education

Alma College is the local college. Nearby colleges include Central Michigan University, Northwood University and Michigan State University.

People

Total Population 9,264
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,579
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 39.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,212
% Above Poverty Level 71%
% Below Poverty Level 29%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 7.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.8%
Median Gross Rent $571
Median House Value $79,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.9%
US/American 0%
English 12.4%
Irish 10.7%

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

Alma Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 35 miles W of Saginaw, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 109 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Gratiot
Standard Zip Codes 48801
Company Zip Codes 48802
Phone Area Codes 989
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.378
Longitude -84.659

Alma Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

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

Station ALMA
Distance 0.5 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
Station SAINT CHARLES
Distance 25.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 31.4 inches
Station ST JOHNS
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Breckenridge 1,180 $41,250
Ithaca 2,856 $48,633
Mount Pleasant 26,134 $56,822
Perrinton 575 $33,750
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/.

Alma Public Libraries

Library
Alma Public Library
351 NORTH COURT AVENUE
Alma, Michigan
(989) 463-3966
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Alma Hospitals

GRATIOT MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
300 E WARWICK DR
(989) 463-1101
Emergency Service: Yes

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Alma High Schools

ALMA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1500 N. PINE AVENUE
989-463-3111
A Title I School.
Serves 542 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

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Alma College (Wright Hall) between 1895 and 1910

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Alma College (Wright Hall) between 1895 and 1910

Alma College ca. 1900

Entrance (Sanitarium Park) between 1895 and 1910

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