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Overview

Introduction to Mount Pleasant, Michigan

The Michigan city of Mount Pleasant, county seat of Isabella County, is seated on the banks of the Chippewa River about 70 miles north of the state capital of Lansing. Serviced principally by U.S. Route 27 and Michigan State Highway 20, Mount Pleasant is home to the main campus of Central Michigan University. The eastern part of the city is on the Isabella Indian Reservation, site of the Soaring Eagle Casino.

Incorporated as a village in 1875 and later as a city in 1889, Mount Pleasant was the site of a major oil strike in the late 1920s which significantly changed the face of the city. Many oil companies established their headquarters in Mount Pleasant and drilling contractors also based their shops and storage facilities in the city, making Mount Pleasant the oil capital of Michigan. The origins of Central Michigan University trace back to 1892, when the Central Michigan Normal School was opened as a teacher-training facility. The school was renamed the Central State Teacher's College in 1927 before becoming the Central Michigan College of Education in 1941 and later the Central Michigan College in 1955. In 1959 the school changed names for the final time, becoming Central Michigan University.

Things to do in Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant's Native American heritage and rich history, together with the splendor of the area's natural attractions, give visitors a wide variety of things to see and enjoy. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, a significant part of the Mount Pleasant community, is also a dynamic contributor to the area's wealth of attractions. The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort is the largest gaming facility in the Midwest, with over 4,000 slot machines, well over 100 table games, and world class entertainment. The Tribe's proud cultural heritage is displayed in the Ziibiwing Cultural Center, which also includes a research center, meeting and conference facilities, cafe, and gift shop. The annual "Saginaw Chippewa Pow Wow" is an August festival which attracts dancers and drummers from all over the nation and which provides visitors the opportunity to sample traditional Native American food and experience many elements of Native culture.

Nature lovers won't want to pass up a trip to the Florence Maxwell Sanctuary, a 40-acre preserve ideal for bird watching. The Chippewa River is an ever-present venue offering fishing, canoeing, and many other outdoor activities. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy 13 courses within a 30-minute drive of the city, and more than 15 local parks provide an abundance of opportunities for picnicking, swimming, biking, hiking, sledding, cross country skiing, and more. The Mount Pleasant area also houses many great military memorials including the Michigan Vietnam State Memorial, constructed in 1990 by local Vietnam veterans and volunteers to honor all Michigan natives who sacrificed their lives by name and those listed as Missing in Action. Also located in Mount Pleasant are the W.W.I and W.W.II Memorials and the Korean Memorial.

Fans of college sports can enjoy an abundance of athletic competition right in town. The Central Michigan University Chippewas compete in NCAA's Division I as part of the Mid-American Conference. Fans of horse racing can watch thoroughbred and quarter horse action from May through September at the Mount Pleasant Meadows. For professional sports, there are a couple of Minor League Baseball teams not too far away. The nearby city of Midland, 30 minutes to the east, is home to the Great Lakes Loons, a Class-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. A little further away in the state capital of Lansing are the Lansing Lugnuts, a Class-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Loons and Lugnuts both compete in the Midwest League.

Demographics

People

Total Population25,896
Male Share of the Population46.2%
Female Share of the Population53.8%
Senior Citizens8.4%
Employed Population 16+11,562
Age of the Population22

Families

% of people married20%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher43.8%
Median Earnings25+$26,300
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$7,393
Median Earnings With High School Degree$17,899

Wealth

Median Family Income$57,347
% Above Poverty Level59%
% Below Poverty Level41%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work18.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone34.2%
Median Gross Rent$714
Median House Value$128,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19%
Irish15%
Polish10.6%
English9.6%
Italian6.2%
French Except Basque4.2%
Dutch3.5%
Scottish2.3%
Canadian2%
Arab2%
Swedish1.3%
Norwegian1.1%
Finnish1.1%
African1%
Hungarian0.9%
Welsh0.8%
Russian0.8%
Swiss0.6%
Belgian0.6%
Greek0.5%
Nigerian0.4%
Slovak0.4%
Czech0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Ghanaian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Syrian0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Maltese0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Turkish0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
German0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Albanian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Mount Pleasant Almanac

CategoryValue
County Isabella County
Standard Zip Codes48858
P.O. Box Zip Codes48804
Company Zip Codes48859
Phone Area Codes989
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude43.59
Approximate Longitude-84.77

Mount Pleasant Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMT PLEASANT UNIV
Distance1 miles
Jan Temp14 to 28 F
Apr Temp34 to 55 F
Jul Temp59 to 82 F
Oct Temp39 to 59 F
Annual Precip31.5 inches
StationALMA
Distance15.7 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp34 to 56 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 60 F
Annual Precip32.4 inches
StationMIDLAND
Distance28.5 miles
Jan Temp16 to 30 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 61 F
Annual Precip30.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alma9,222$42,594
Clare3,110$53,036
Coleman1,402$31,600
Rosebush357$44,063
Shepherd1,558$56,765
St. Louis7,302$47,727

Mount Pleasant Public Libraries

Chippewa River District Library System
301 SOUTH UNIVERSITY
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
(989) 773-3242

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Mount Pleasant Hospitals

Mclaren Central Michigan
(Non-profit)
1221 South Drive

Mount Pleasant Public Schools

Beal City Alternative Education Program
3032 South Winn Rd
ZIP: 48858
(989) 773-9543
High
Total Enrollment 15
Beal City Elementary School
3117 Elias Rd
ZIP: 48858
(989) 644-2740
Primary
Total Enrollment 323
Beal City High School
3117 Elias Rd
ZIP: 48858
(989) 644-3944
High
Total Enrollment 371
Fancher School
801 South Kinney Ave
ZIP: 48858
(989) 775-2230
Middle
Total Enrollment 312
Ganiard School
101 South Adams St
ZIP: 48858
(989) 775-2240
Primary
Total Enrollment 396
Giresd Center Programs
720 North Kinney Ave
ZIP: 48858
(989) 773-6956
Other
Total Enrollment 130
Isabella Day Treatment
2007 East Preston St
ZIP: 48858
(989) 775-2370
High
Total Enrollment 12
Mary Mcguire School
4883 Crosslanes St
ZIP: 48858
(989) 775-2260
Middle
Total Enrollment 260
Mt. Pleasant Adult And Community Education
1651 South Bamber Rd
ZIP: 48858
(989) 775-2370
High
Total Enrollment 35
Mt. Pleasant Senior High School
1155 South Elizabeth St
ZIP: 48858
(989) 775-2201
High
Total Enrollment 1096
Odyssey Middle/high School
3441 South Wise Rd
ZIP: 48858
(989) 773-9473
High
Total Enrollment 70
Pullen Elementary School
251 South Brown St
ZIP: 48858
(989) 775-2270
Primary
Total Enrollment 368
Renaissance Public School Academy
2797 South Isabella Rd
ZIP: 48858
(989) 773-9889
Primary
Total Enrollment 300
Vowles School
1560 Watson Rd
ZIP: 48858
(989) 775-2280
Primary
Total Enrollment 409
Way - Oasis
3480 South Isabella Rd
ZIP: 48858
(989) 775-2290
High
Total Enrollment 95
West Intermediate School
440 South Bradley St
ZIP: 48858
(989) 775-2221
Middle
Total Enrollment 508

Mount Pleasant Private Schools

Mt Pleasant Sda Elementary School
1730 E Pickard Rd
ZIP: 48858
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Sacred Heart Academy
316 E Michigan St
ZIP: 48858
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 442
Saginaw Chippewa Academy
7498 E Broadway Rd
ZIP: 48858
Elementary
Total Enrollment 104
St Joseph The Worker School
2091 N Winn Rd
ZIP: 48858
Elementary
Total Enrollment 114
White Pine Montessori Children's Center
701 E Maple St
ZIP: 48858
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
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