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Overview

Introduction to Muskegon, Michigan

Muskegon borders both Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. It's the largest municipality along the Eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan. The Pere Marquette Beach is a popular destination for residents and tourists. During the timber industry era the city had more millionaires than any other city in the country. The fine and performing arts are quite popular with the residents. The town is also known for its "cultural quirkiness."

History

The Paleo-Indian hunters occupied the region after the pulling back of the Wisconsin glaciers. They were succeeded by Indian Tribes including the Ottawa and Potawatomi. Muskegon is derived from the Ottawa word "Masquigon" which translates to "marshy river or swamp." Father Jacques Marquette passed through the region in 1675. The first non-native to live in the county was a man named Edward Fitzgerald, a fur trader who arrived in 1748. A French-Canadian trader founded a prominent fur trading base at Duck Lake.

In 1837 the development of Muskegon began due to the lumber industry which was taking advantage of the vast timber resources. The lumber produced in Muskegon was utilized in the rebuilding of Chicago after the Great Chicago Fire was over.

Culture and Activities

Muskegon hosts the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp which is situated in the Manistee National Forest. One of the initial chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society is located in the city. The Muskegon Summer Celebration features a variety of popular musicians as well as the Muskegon Art Fair, Village Craft Market, carnival rides and a street fair. Rock the Coast and the Michigan Irish Music Festivals provide noteworthy entertainment. The annual convention for the International Buster Keaton Society occurs in the city. The "Party in the Park" occurs throughout the summer in Hackley Park.

The Broadway at the Frauenthal offers prominent Broadway musicals. The Muskegon County Museum of Art and the Hackley & Hume Historic Site features mansions constructed by lumber tycoons. The Muskegon Museum of Art is recognized as one of the best art museums in the Midwest.

Attractions

  • Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum showcases a World War II submarine named the the USS Silversides.
  • S.S. Milwaukee Clipper is a National Historic Landmark.
  • The Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Muskegon Fury ice hockey team is part of the International Hockey League.
  • The Muskegon Thunder is an arena football team.
  • Lakes Mall.
  • Great Lakes Downs is a thoroughbred racetrack.

Outdoor Recreation

Boating and fishing are quite popular on Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan. The Muskegon State Park and Winter Sports Complex is a prominent campground area situated along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is well known for its sandy shoreline, ski trails and an outdoor luge track. The Lakeshore Bike Trail provides the opportunity to ride bicycles next to the shoreline of Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan.

Cruises along the lakes is popular with tourists. Michigan's Adventure is recognized as the biggest amusement park in Michigan. P.J. Hoffmaster State Park and Pere Marquette Beach are popular destinations. Duck Lake is a notable location.

Demographics

People

Total Population38,086
Male Share of the Population52.1%
Female Share of the Population47.9%
Senior Citizens12.9%
Employed Population 16+12,005
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married28.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher11.6%
Median Earnings25+$22,261
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,851
Median Earnings With High School Degree$19,806

Wealth

Median Family Income$32,403
% Above Poverty Level62.6%
% Below Poverty Level37.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone36.5%
Median Gross Rent$654
Median House Value$64,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39.8%
Irish7.4%
English5.6%
Dutch5.6%
Polish4.4%
French Except Basque2.9%
Italian2.4%
Swedish2.4%
Canadian1.3%
Scottish1.2%
African1%
Norwegian0.9%
Hungarian0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Arab0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Russian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Greek0.2%
Czech0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
German0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Muskegon Almanac

CategoryValue
County Muskegon County
Standard Zip Codes49440, 49442, 49445, 49444, 49441
P.O. Box Zip Codes49443
Phone Area Codes231
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude43.24
Approximate Longitude-86.25

Muskegon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMUSKEGON COUNTY AP
Distance4.7 miles
Jan Temp17 to 30 F
Apr Temp35 to 55 F
Jul Temp60 to 80 F
Oct Temp41 to 59 F
Annual Precip32.8 inches
StationGRAND HAVEN FIRE DEPT
Distance11.7 miles
Jan Temp19 to 30 F
Apr Temp36 to 55 F
Jul Temp61 to 79 F
Oct Temp43 to 59 F
Annual Precip32.7 inches
StationMONTAGUE 4 NW
Distance18.2 miles
Jan Temp17 to 29 F
Apr Temp33 to 54 F
Jul Temp58 to 79 F
Oct Temp41 to 59 F
Annual Precip32.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fruitport1,374$57,083
Lakewood Club1,139$50,648
Muskegon Heights10,792$23,750
North Muskegon3,785$80,151
Norton Shores24,091$68,179
Roosevelt Park3,813$50,625

Muskegon Public Libraries

Muskegon Area District Library
4845 AIRLINE ROAD UNIT 5
Muskegon, Michigan
(231) 737-6248
Hackley Public Library
316 WEST WEBSTER AVENUE
Muskegon, Michigan
(231) 722-8000

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Muskegon Hospitals

Great Lakes Specialty Hospital - Muskegon
(Proprietary)
1700 Clinton Street, 2 And 3 S Floors
Mercy Health Partners, Mercy Campus
(Non-profit)
1500 E Sherman Boulevard
Mercy Health Partners, Hackley Campus
(Non-profit)
1700 Clinton Street

Muskegon Public Schools

Campbell Elementary School
1355 Greenwich Rd
ZIP: 49441
(231) 755-2550
Primary
Total Enrollment 393
Churchill Elementary School
961 Porter Rd
ZIP: 49441
(231) 798-1276
Primary
Total Enrollment 322
Lakeside Elementary
2312 Denmark St
ZIP: 49441
(231) 720-2301
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
Lincoln Park Elementary School
2951 Leon St
ZIP: 49441
(231) 755-1257
Primary
Total Enrollment 431
Mona Shores High School
1121 Seminole Rd
ZIP: 49441
(231) 780-4711
High
Total Enrollment 1262
Mona Shores Middle School
1700 Woodside Rd
ZIP: 49441
(231) 759-8506
Middle
Total Enrollment 884
Muskegon High School
80 West Southern Ave
ZIP: 49441
(231) 720-2800
High
Total Enrollment 1075
Nelson Elementary School
550 West Grand Ave
ZIP: 49441
(231) 720-2200
Primary
Total Enrollment 326
Ross Park Elementary School
121 Randall Rd
ZIP: 49441
(231) 798-1773
Primary
Total Enrollment 439
Cardinal Elementary
2310 Marquette Ave
ZIP: 49442
(231) 760-1700
Primary
Total Enrollment 690
Covenant House Academy Muskegon
125 Catherine Ave
ZIP: 49442
(231) 720-3100
High
Total Enrollment 97
Early College Of Muskegon County
221 S Quarterline Rd
ZIP: 49442
(231) 767-7229
Marquette Elementary School
480 Bennett St
ZIP: 49442
(231) 720-2600
Primary
Total Enrollment 576
Moon Elementary School
1826 Hoyt St
ZIP: 49442
(231) 720-2700
Primary
Total Enrollment 361
Muskegon Community Education Center
571 E Apple Ave
ZIP: 49442
(231) 720-2892
Other
Total Enrollment 134
Muskegon Middle School
1150 Amity Ave
ZIP: 49442
(231) 720-3001
Middle
Total Enrollment 538
North East Education Center
1001 Wesley Ave
ZIP: 49442
(231) 773-0534
Other
Total Enrollment 28
Oakridge Alternative & Adult Ed
1050 Carr Rd
ZIP: 49442
(231) 788-7150
High
Total Enrollment 46
Oakridge High School
5493 Hall Rd
ZIP: 49442
(231) 788-7300
High
Total Enrollment 548
Oakridge Lower Elementary School
120 N Park
ZIP: 49442
(231) 788-7608
Primary
Total Enrollment 633
Oakridge Middle School
251 South Wolf Lake Rd
ZIP: 49442
(231) 788-7400
Other
Total Enrollment 332
Oakridge Upper Elementary School
481 South Wolf Lake Rd
ZIP: 49442
(231) 788-7508
Middle
Total Enrollment 432
Oakview Elementary School
1420 Madison St
ZIP: 49442
(231) 720-2450
Primary
Total Enrollment 523
Orchard View Early Elementary
2820 Macarthur Rd
ZIP: 49442
(231) 760-1850
Primary
Total Enrollment 380
Orchard View High School
16 North Quarterline Rd
ZIP: 49442
(231) 760-1400
High
Total Enrollment 680
Orchard View Middle School
35 South Sheridan Dr
ZIP: 49442
(231) 760-1500
Middle
Total Enrollment 535
Three Oaks Public School Academy
1212 Kingsley St
ZIP: 49442
(231) 767-3365
Primary
Total Enrollment 385
Timberland Academy
2574 Mclaughlin Ave
ZIP: 49442
(231) 767-9700
Primary
Total Enrollment 702
Wesley School
915 Wesley Ave
ZIP: 49442
(231) 773-9158
Other
Total Enrollment 114
Beach Elementary School
2741 Heights Ravenna Rd
ZIP: 49444
(231) 773-8996
Primary
Total Enrollment 322
Dr. Martin Luther King Academy
55 E Sherman Blvd
ZIP: 49444
(231) 830-3600
Primary
Total Enrollment 300
Edgewood Elementary Academy
3028 Howden St
ZIP: 49444
(231) 830-3250
Primary
Total Enrollment 197
Edgewood Elementary School
3028 Howden St
ZIP: 49444
(231) 830-3221
M.l. King Jr. Elementary School
600 East Barney Ave
ZIP: 49444
(231) 830-3450
Muskegon Heights Academy
2441 Sanford St
ZIP: 49444
(231) 830-3221
High
Total Enrollment 386
Muskegon Heights Middle School
55 East Sherman Blvd
ZIP: 49444
(231) 830-3221
Shettler School
2187 Shettler Rd
ZIP: 49444
(231) 737-7595
Primary
Total Enrollment 358
Central Elementary School
1807 West Giles Rd
ZIP: 49445
(231) 744-1693
Primary
Total Enrollment 395
Mcmillan Elementary School
2885 Hyde Park Rd
ZIP: 49445
(231) 766-3443
Primary
Total Enrollment 188
North Muskegon Elementary School
1600 Mills Ave
ZIP: 49445
(231) 719-4202
Primary
Total Enrollment 471
North Muskegon High School
1507 Mills Ave
ZIP: 49445
(231) 719-4110
High
Total Enrollment 291
North Muskegon Middle School
1507 Mills Ave
ZIP: 49445
(231) 719-4110
Middle
Total Enrollment 238
Pennsylvania Elementary School
2500 Pennsylvania Ave
ZIP: 49445
(231) 766-3443
Primary
Total Enrollment 36
Reeths-puffer Elementary School
874 E Giles Rd
ZIP: 49445
(231) 744-4777
Primary
Total Enrollment 493
Reeths-puffer High School
1545 N Roberts Rd
ZIP: 49445
(231) 744-1647
High
Total Enrollment 1226
Reeths-puffer Intermediate Sch.
1500 North Getty St
ZIP: 49445
(231) 744-9280
Middle
Total Enrollment 554
Reeths-puffer Middle School
1911 West Giles Rd
ZIP: 49445
(231) 744-4721
Middle
Total Enrollment 614
Reeths-puffer Special Education Consortium
1545 Roberts Rd
ZIP: 49445
(231) 719-3143

Muskegon Private Schools

Muskegon Catholic Central
1145 W Laketon Ave
ZIP: 49441
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 487
West Shore Lutheran School
3225 Roosevelt Rd
ZIP: 49441
Elementary
Total Enrollment 57
Muskegan Christian School
1220 Eastgate St
ZIP: 49442
Elementary
Total Enrollment 211
Muskegon Sda School
3050 Evanston Ave
ZIP: 49442
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Broadway Baptist School
2858 Oak Ln
ZIP: 49444
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 13
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