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Overview

Introduction to Ludington, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan, in Mason county, is 64 miles E of Sheboygan, Wisconsin (center to center) and 96 miles NE of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There are 8,357 residents in the city.

Ludington History

In the 1600s, a French missionary and explorer Jacques Marquette visited this region and following his death, a memorial was created to designate his burial site. Burr Caswell, who arrived in 1845, used the area primarily for fishing and trapping purposes. He settled with his family in 1847, and established a community called "Pere Marquette village." It was later renamed "Ludington" after James Ludington, an industrialist and owner of several logging operations during the 19th century. In the late 1800s, the community flourished due to the presence of sawmills and the discovery of salt deposits. The Pere Marquette Railroad was established in 1897, and by the mid-20th century, Ludington had become the world's largest car ferry port.

Ludington and Nearby Attractions

  • Manistee Historical Museum
  • White Pine Village
  • Ludington State Park
  • Art Dettman Fish Shanty
  • Michigan's Adventure

Things To Do In Ludington

The city is home to the White Pine Village, a recreated 19th-century pioneer settlement. Historical sites such as the Art Dettman Fish Shanty, and Rogers Street Fishing Village can also be visited. The Rogers Street Fishing Village houses the Great Lakes Coast Guard Museum. There are also 3 lighthouses in and around Ludington that offer organized tours. These include the North Breakwater Light, Big Sable Lighthouse, and Little Sable Lighthouse. Stearns Beach, located to the west of Ludington, is a large stretch of white sandy beach with a park area that has a miniature golf course and a skating rink. Charles Mears State Park, Silver Lake State Park, and Ludington State Park are other popular parks in the area.

Ludington Transportation

Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the closest major airport.

Ludington Higher Education

Colleges near Ludington include the Muskegon Community College, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, and Northwestern Michigan College.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,051
Male Share of the Population45.9%
Female Share of the Population54.1%
Senior Citizens21.6%
Employed Population 16+3,276
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married45.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.5%
Median Earnings25+$25,608
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$33,445
Median Earnings With High School Degree$17,750

Wealth

Median Family Income$45,034
% Above Poverty Level82.7%
% Below Poverty Level17.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time12 minutes
% Working from Home5%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone36%
Median Gross Rent$610
Median House Value$111,200

Ancestry

German25.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)18.9%
English12.7%
Irish12%
French Except Basque9%
Polish7.3%
Italian5.4%
Dutch4.9%
Swedish3.5%
Danishn3.3%
Norwegian2.4%
Scottish2%
Lithuanian1.5%
Canadian1.3%
Hungarian1.2%
Greek0.7%
Finnish0.6%
Ukrainian0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Arab0.3%
Russian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Maltese0.2%
US/American0.2%
Czech0.2%
New Zealand0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Ludington Almanac

CategoryValue
County Mason County
Standard Zip Codes49431
Phone Area Codes231
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude43.95
Approximate Longitude-86.44

Ludington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLUDINGTON 4 SE
Distance4.6 miles
Jan Temp16 to 29 F
Apr Temp33 to 57 F
Jul Temp57 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 59 F
Annual Precip32.8 inches
StationBALDWIN
Distance30.3 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp30 to 56 F
Jul Temp53 to 82 F
Oct Temp35 to 59 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches
StationHESPERIA 4 WNW
Distance31.2 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp31 to 55 F
Jul Temp56 to 81 F
Oct Temp36 to 59 F
Annual Precip34 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Custer269$42,375
Fountain164$48,750
Free Soil100$50,625
Hart2,188$38,750
Pentwater848$50,833
Scottville1,317$39,000

Ludington Public Libraries

Mason County District Library
217 EAST LUDINGTON AVENUE
Ludington, Michigan
(231) 843-8465

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Ludington Hospitals

Memorial Medical Center Of West Michigan
(Non-profit)
1 N Atkinson Drive

Ludington Public Schools

Academy Of Science Math And Technology Early College High Sc
2130 W. Us 10
ZIP: 49431
(231) 843-5935
High
Total Enrollment 49
Developmental Classrooms
2130 West Us Highway 10
ZIP: 49431
(231) 898-1602
Other
Total Enrollment 98
Foster School
505 East Foster St
ZIP: 49431
(231) 845-3820
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
Franklin Elementary School
721 Anderson St
ZIP: 49431
(231) 845-3830
Primary
Total Enrollment 275
Lakeview Elementary School
502 West Haight St
ZIP: 49431
(231) 845-3840
Primary
Total Enrollment 232
Ludington High School
508 North Washington Ave
ZIP: 49431
(231) 845-3880
High
Total Enrollment 658
O.j. Dejonge Middle School
706 East Tinkham Ave
ZIP: 49431
(231) 845-3810
Middle
Total Enrollment 492

Ludington Private Schools

Covenant Christian School
2980 W Us Highway 10
ZIP: 49431
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
Ludington Area Catholic School
700 E Bryant Rd
ZIP: 49431
Elementary
Total Enrollment 114
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