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.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,108
Male Share of the Population46.9%
Female Share of the Population53.1%
Senior Citizens16.4%
Employed Population 16+3,545
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married34.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.6%
Median Earnings25+$30,119
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,817

Wealth

Median Family Income$40,287
% Above Poverty Level69.4%
% Below Poverty Level30.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home8.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone37%
Median Gross Rent$626
Median House Value$84,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.3%
Irish10.9%
English10.2%
French Except Basque4.5%
Dutch3.7%
Polish3.4%
Scottish2.1%
Italian1.9%
Swedish1.8%
Canadian1.5%
Welsh0.9%
Hungarian0.9%
Lithuanian0.7%
West Indian0.6%
US/American0.5%
Portuguese0.5%
Trinidad Tobago0.5%
Belgian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
German0.3%
Macedonian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Czech0.2%
Romanian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Belizean0.1%
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Alma Almanac

CategoryValue
County Gratiot County
Standard Zip Codes48801
Phone Area Codes989
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude43.37
Approximate Longitude-84.65

Alma Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationALMA
Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp34 to 56 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 60 F
Annual Precip32.4 inches
StationSAINT CHARLES
Distance25.4 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip31.4 inches
StationST JOHNS
Distance25.7 miles
Jan Temp14 to 29 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 60 F
Annual Precip32.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Breckenridge1,210$40,625
Ithaca2,827$42,483
Mount Pleasant25,711$58,549
Perrinton555$37,500
Shepherd1,444$59,188
St. Louis7,261$55,432

Alma Public Libraries

Alma Public Library
500 EAST SUPERIOR ST.
Alma, Michigan
(989) 463-3966

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Alma Hospitals

Midmichigan Medical Center-gratiot
(Non-profit)
300 E Warwick Dr

Alma Public Schools

Alma Adult Education
1500 Pine Ave
ZIP: 48801
(989) 463-3111
Alma Senior High School
1500 Pine Ave
ZIP: 48801
(989) 463-3111
High
Total Enrollment 642
Donald L. Pavlik Middle School
1700 Pine Ave
ZIP: 48801
(989) 463-3111
Middle
Total Enrollment 546
Hillcrest Elementary School
515 East Elizabeth St
ZIP: 48801
(989) 463-3111
Primary
Total Enrollment 338
Luce Road Elementary School
6265 North Luce Rd
ZIP: 48801
(989) 463-3111
Primary
Total Enrollment 324
Pine Avenue Elementary School
1025 Pine Ave
ZIP: 48801
(989) 463-3111
Middle
Total Enrollment 339

Alma Private Schools

Good Shepherd School & Early Childhood Center
7400 N Begole Rd
ZIP: 48801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
St Mary School
220 W Downie St
ZIP: 48801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 68
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Historic Alma

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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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