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.


Total Population 8,055
Male Share of the Population 45%
Female Share of the Population 55%
Senior Citizens 21.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,248
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 46%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23%
Median Earnings25+ $24,363
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $33,924
Median Earnings With High School Degree $17,093


Median Family Income $44,448
% Above Poverty Level 80.9%
% Below Poverty Level 19.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%


People Living Alone 37.9%
Median Gross Rent $619
Median House Value $110,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.6%
US/American 0.3%
English 14.2%
Irish 13.2%

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

Ludington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 64 miles E of Sheboygan, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 96 miles NE of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Mason
Standard Zip Codes 49431
Phone Area Codes 231
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.955
Longitude -86.452

Ludington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
Distance 30.3 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 53 to 82 F
Oct Temp 35 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Distance 31.2 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 31 to 55 F
Jul Temp 56 to 81 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Custer 281 $43,750
Fountain 146 $43,750
Free Soil 143 $42,000
Hart 2,105 $30,952
Pentwater 881 $47,321
Scottville 1,283 $37,083

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

Ludington Public Libraries

Mason County District Library
Ludington, Michigan
(231) 843-8465
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Ludington Hospitals

(231) 843-2591
Emergency Service: Yes

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Ludington High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

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Serves 84 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28

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