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Overview

Introduction to Ironwood, Michigan

Ironwood, Michigan, in Gogebic county, is 94 miles E of Duluth, Minnesota (center to center) and 175 miles NE of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ironwood History

The first settlers arrived in Ironwood in 1885 and it was officially incorporated as a village in 1887. In 1889, Ironwood became a city and the northern township area was incorporated as Ironwood Township. Originally, the region was an iron mining town, and extensive exploration of the vast iron ore deposits led to the establishment of numerous mines. It also resulted in rapidly infiltration by immigrants. Fredrick Rhinelander named the place in honor of his mining captain, James (Iron) Wood.

Ironwood and Nearby Attractions

  • Ironwood Historical Depot Museum
  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
  • Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest
  • Northwoods Children's Museum
  • Amnicon Falls State Park

Things To Do In Ironwood

Exhibits on regional history can be viewed at the Vilas County Historical Museum, the Madeline Island Historical Museum, and the Ashland Historical Society Museum. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, which has 12 miles of lakeshore and 21 islands, is suitable for sailing, boating, camping, swimming, scuba diving, hiking, and picnicking. Bald eagles and black bears can also be seen in this area. Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, which covers 225,000 acres, is another popular place to visit. Parks in the area include the Big Bay State Park, Lake Gogebic State Park, Porcupine Mountains State Park, and Copper Falls State Park. The community also celebrates the Gogebic County Fair, Festival Ironwood, and Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade every year.

Ironwood Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Duluth International Airport.

Ironwood Higher Education

The city of Ironwood is home to the Gogebic Community College. The University of Minnesota, Michigan Technological University, and North Central Technical College are also located close by.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,089
Male Share of the Population50%
Female Share of the Population50%
Senior Citizens21.4%
Employed Population 16+2,039
Age of the Population47

Families

% of people married43.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher16.3%
Median Earnings25+$21,547
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,273
Median Earnings With High School Degree$18,901

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,356
% Above Poverty Level69.2%
% Below Poverty Level30.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone40.6%
Median Gross Rent$526
Median House Value$54,100

Ancestry

Finnish17.7%
German12.7%
Italian12.6%
English10%
Polish9.7%
Irish9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)8.2%
Swedish5.4%
French Except Basque5.3%
Norwegian3%
Danishn1.1%
Canadian1%
Croatian1%
Czech0.8%
Welsh0.6%
Austrian0.6%
Scottish0.5%
Slovak0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Portuguese0.4%
Slovene0.3%
Belgian0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
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Ironwood Almanac

CategoryValue
County Gogebic County
Standard Zip Codes49938
Phone Area Codes906
Time ZoneAmerica/Menominee
Approximate Latitude46.45
Approximate Longitude-90.15

Ironwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationIRONWOOD
Distance1 miles
Jan Temp-0 to 19 F
Apr Temp28 to 50 F
Jul Temp55 to 77 F
Oct Temp34 to 53 F
Annual Precip34.6 inches
StationMELLEN 4 NE
Distance23.7 miles
Jan Temp-3 to 19 F
Apr Temp28 to 51 F
Jul Temp55 to 77 F
Oct Temp34 to 54 F
Annual Precip33.3 inches
StationPARK FALLS DNR HQ
Distance38.5 miles
Jan Temp0 to 20 F
Apr Temp31 to 52 F
Jul Temp57 to 77 F
Oct Temp36 to 54 F
Annual Precip32 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bessemer1,921$52,989
Wakefield1,731$48,750

Ironwood Public Libraries

Ironwood Carnegie Library
235 EAST AURORA STREET
Ironwood, Michigan
(906) 932-0203

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Ironwood Hospitals

Aspirus Grand View Hospital
(Non-profit)
N10561 Grand View Lane

Ironwood Public Schools

Luther L. Wright High School
650 East Ayer St
ZIP: 49938
(906) 932-0932
High
Total Enrollment 358
Norrie Elementary School
650 East Ayer Street
ZIP: 49938
(906) 932-0932
Primary
Total Enrollment 198
Sleight Elementary School
650 E Ayer St
ZIP: 49938
(906) 932-0932
Primary
Total Enrollment 190

Ironwood Private Schools

All Saints Catholic Academy
106 S Marquette St
ZIP: 49938
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
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Historic Ironwood

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Iron Mines between 1880 and 1899

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Iron Mines between 1880 and 1899

Norrie group no. 3 between 1880 and 1899

Aurora iron mines between 1880 and 1899

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