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Overview

Introduction to Ishpeming, Michigan

Ishpeming, Michigan, in Marquette county, is 137 miles N of Green Bay, Wisconsin (center to center) and 238 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Ishpeming History

Chippewa Indians originally inhabited this region. The name "Ishpeming" was derived from the Indian word "ishpiming" meaning "on the summit." According to research, in the Ojibwa dialect of Anishinaabe language, this word meant "heaven." The community's history dates back to the 1840s when iron ore was discovered. Records indicate that in 1846, Madji-Gesick, a Native Indian, took explorer Philo Everett to the "shining mountain." This 1,000 foot wide, 180 foot high mountain contained ore. The spot was later named "Jasper Knob," and is currently referred to as the World's Largest Gemstone. Prior to the 1860's, the settlement was known as "The Lake Superior Location" but it was renamed "Ishpeming" in 1862. The concept of organized skiing in the US is also believed to have been born in this city.

Ishpeming and Nearby Attractions

  • Marquette County Historical Society Museum
  • Van Riper State Park
  • U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
  • Fayette Historic Townsite
  • Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum

Things To Do In Ishpeming

Ishpeming is home to numerous places of historic interest. The Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum houses exhibits commemorating Marquette Iron Range's mining history. Old Ish Statue, a Native American figure, has been situated in the city since 1884. Jasper Knob is the historic hill composed entirely of jaspilite. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, which is located in Ishpeming, also includes the Roland Palmedo Memorial Library, a theater, a gift shop, and archive material and collections. The 1,044-acre Van Riper State Park is situated on Lake Michigamme and features a beach, as well as fishing and camping areas. Fayette Historic Townsite, which is the site of a productive iron-smelting operation in the Upper Peninsula, is another popular destination. The community also hosts the annual Italian Fest, and the ski jumping competition.

Ishpeming Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Sawyer International Airport.

Ishpeming Higher Education

Colleges close to Ishpeming are Northern Michigan University, Michigan Technological University, University of Wisconsin, and North East Wisconsin Technical College.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,509
Male Share of the Population46.8%
Female Share of the Population53.2%
Senior Citizens16.9%
Employed Population 16+2,720
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married45%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.9%
Median Earnings25+$24,700
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,347
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,000

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,665
% Above Poverty Level79.1%
% Below Poverty Level20.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.4%
% Using Public Transportation1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone37.3%
Median Gross Rent$500
Median House Value$80,500

Ancestry

Finnish22.9%
English20.5%
German13.7%
Italian12.4%
French Except Basque11.9%
Swedish7%
Irish5.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)5.5%
Canadian4.4%
Polish4.2%
Dutch3.4%
Norwegian3.1%
Belgian1.7%
Scottish1.3%
Welsh0.7%
Czech0.6%
Danishn0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Croatian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Portuguese0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Slovak0.1%
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Ishpeming Almanac

CategoryValue
County Marquette County
Standard Zip Codes49849
P.O. Box Zip Codes49865
Phone Area Codes906
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude46.48
Approximate Longitude-87.66

Ishpeming Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMARQUETTE CO AP
Distance6.4 miles
Jan Temp3 to 20 F
Apr Temp27 to 46 F
Jul Temp54 to 75 F
Oct Temp34 to 51 F
Annual Precip36.3 inches
StationMARQUETTE
Distance14.2 miles
Jan Temp11 to 25 F
Apr Temp33 to 48 F
Jul Temp57 to 76 F
Oct Temp40 to 55 F
Annual Precip30 inches
StationCHATHAM EXP FARM 2
Distance37.4 miles
Jan Temp6 to 25 F
Apr Temp27 to 51 F
Jul Temp52 to 79 F
Oct Temp35 to 57 F
Annual Precip30.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Marquette21,282$61,909
Negaunee4,606$60,086

Ishpeming Public Libraries

Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library
317 NORTH MAIN STREET
Ishpeming, Michigan
(906) 486-4381

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Ishpeming Hospitals

Bell Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
901 Lakeshore Drive

Ishpeming Public Schools

Aspen Ridge Elementary School
350 Aspen Ridge School Rd
ZIP: 49849
(906) 485-3175
Primary
Total Enrollment 830
Birchview School
663 Poplar St
ZIP: 49849
(906) 485-6341
Primary
Total Enrollment 300
Ishpeming High School
319 East Division St
ZIP: 49849
(906) 485-1066
High
Total Enrollment 243
Ishpeming Middle School
324 E Pearl St
ZIP: 49849
(906) 485-1066
Middle
Total Enrollment 244
Westwood High School
300 South Westwood Dr
ZIP: 49849
(906) 485-1023
High
Total Enrollment 314
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Historic Ishpeming

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S.S. Ishpeming on the ways. 1906

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S.S. Ishpeming on the ways. 1906

Launch of the S.S. Ishpeming. c1906.

On the eleven mile drive near Ishpeming (birch drive) c1898.

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