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Overview

Introduction to Manistee, Michigan

Manistee, Michigan, in Manistee county, is 77 miles NE of Sheboygan, Wisconsin (center to center) and 115 miles NE of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Manistee History

The word Manistee is an Ojibwe term meaning "spirit of the woods." The river was initially named Manistee, and the county was subsequently named after it. Later, the community was named after the county. In the early 1800s, Missionaries visited Manistee and established a Jesuit mission house on the shore of Lake Manistee in 1826. In 1832, a group of traders from Massachusetts constructed a log house over the Manistee River, but the Indian settlers drove them off. Intending to establish a saw mill, John Stronach, and his brother, arrived at the mouth of the Manistee River in 1841. This eventually led to the establishment of the community.

Manistee and Nearby Attractions

  • Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary
  • Orchard Beach State Park
  • Manistee National Forest
  • Manistee County Historical Museum
  • Fifth Avenue Beach
  • Magoon Creek Natural Area

Things To Do In Manistee

The city of Manistee is home to numerous museums including the Arcadia Area Historical Museum, the Brethren Heritage Museum, the Manistee County Historical Museum, the Marilla Historical Museum, and the Kaleva Train Depot Museum. Fifth Avenue Beach, and First Street Beach are also located in Manistee. Popular parks and natural areas include Lake Bluff Audubon Center, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area, Magoon Creek Natural Area, and the Orchard Beach State Park. The community also hosts the National Forest Festival in June, Bear Lake Days in July, and the Manistee County Fair in August every year.

Manistee Transportation

The Austin Straubel International Airport is located close by.

Manistee Higher Education

Colleges near Manistee inlude the Northwestern Michigan College, Muskegon Community College, and Ferris State University.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,100
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens21.3%
Employed Population 16+2,441
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married42.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.7%
Median Earnings25+$27,304
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,144

Wealth

Median Family Income$47,935
% Above Poverty Level79.5%
% Below Poverty Level20.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work9.1%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone40.8%
Median Gross Rent$519
Median House Value$95,900

Ancestry

German24.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.3%
Polish18%
Irish10.2%
English9%
Swedish4.2%
Dutch3.7%
French Except Basque2.9%
Italian2.4%
Norwegian1.5%
Swiss1.4%
Canadian1.3%
Scottish1%
Danishn0.9%
Finnish0.6%
Romanian0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Russian0.5%
Czech0.4%
Arab0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Australian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Manistee Almanac

CategoryValue
County Manistee County
Standard Zip Codes49660
Phone Area Codes231
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude44.24
Approximate Longitude-86.32

Manistee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMANISTEE 3 SE
Distance2.3 miles
Jan Temp17 to 30 F
Apr Temp34 to 55 F
Jul Temp58 to 81 F
Oct Temp42 to 60 F
Annual Precip33.3 inches
StationLUDINGTON 4 SE
Distance24.1 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
Distance33.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bear Lake395$50,938
Eastlake486$51,250
Fountain164$48,750
Free Soil100$50,625
Onekama458$60,208
Scottville1,317$39,000

Manistee Public Libraries

Manistee County Library
95 MAPLE STREET
Manistee, Michigan
(231) 723-2519

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Manistee Hospitals

West Shore Medical Center
(Government - Local)
1465 E Parkdale Avenue

Manistee Public Schools

John F. Kennedy Elem. School
550 Maple St
ZIP: 49660
(231) 723-3271
Middle
Total Enrollment 362
Manistee Middle School
525 12th St
ZIP: 49660
(231) 723-3271
Thomas Jefferson Elem. School
515 Bryant Ave
ZIP: 49660
(231) 723-9285
Primary
Total Enrollment 337
Manistee Middle High School
525 12th St
ZIP: 49660
(231) 723-2547
High
Total Enrollment 696
Casman Alternative Academy
225 9th St
ZIP: 49660
(231) 723-4981
High
Total Enrollment 66
Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy
50 Filer St Ste F
ZIP: 49660
(231) 794-5999
Other
Total Enrollment 2008
Manistee Isd Center Programs
772 E Parkdale Ave
ZIP: 49660
(231) 723-6205
Other
Total Enrollment 41
James Madison Elementary School
1309 Madison Rd
ZIP: 49660
(231) 723-5212
Primary
Total Enrollment 111

Manistee Private Schools

Manistee Catholic Central School
1200 Us Highway 31 S
ZIP: 49660
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 197
Trinity Lutheran School
420 Oak St
ZIP: 49660
Elementary
Total Enrollment 36
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