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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.

People

Total Population 37,861
Male Share of the Population 52.4%
Female Share of the Population 47.6%
Senior Citizens 12.2%
Employed Population 16+ 11,972
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 29.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.1%
Median Earnings25+ $22,584
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,767
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,319

Wealth

Median Family Income $32,532
% Above Poverty Level 65.2%
% Below Poverty Level 34.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 37%
Median Gross Rent $638
Median House Value $63,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41%
US/American 0%
English 5.6%
Irish 6.9%

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

Muskegon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles NW of Grand Rapids, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 84 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Muskegon
Metro Area Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland
Standard Zip Codes 49440, 49441, 49442, 49444, 49445
P.O. Box Zip Codes 49443
Phone Area Codes 231
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.234
Longitude -86.248

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)

Station MUSKEGON COUNTY AP
Distance 4.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 30 F
Apr Temp 35 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
Station GRAND HAVEN FIRE DEPT
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 79 F
Oct Temp 43 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.7 inches
Station MONTAGUE 4 NW
Distance 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 79 F
Oct Temp 41 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Muskegon, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Meskegon (49440, 49441, 49442, 49443, 49444, 49445)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fruitport 1,345 $52,692
Lakewood Club 1,230 $48,125
Muskegon Heights 10,809 $22,445
North Muskegon 3,778 $84,965
Norton Shores 23,982 $67,068
Roosevelt Park 3,819 $48,980

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

Muskegon Public Libraries

Library
Hackley Public Library
316 W. WEBSTER AVE.
Muskegon, Michigan
(231) 722-7276
Library Web Site
Muskegon County Library
97 E APPLE AV
Muskegon, Michigan
(231) 724-6248
Library Web Site

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Muskegon Hospitals

MERCY GENERAL HEALTH PARTNERS
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1500 E SHERMAN BOULEVARD
(231) 672-3901
Emergency Service: Yes

HACKLEY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1700 CLINTON STREET
(231) 726-3511
Emergency Service: Yes

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Muskegon High Schools

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MUSKEGON HIGH SCHOOL
80 W. SOUTHERN AVENUE
231-720-2800
Serves 1,475 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

REETHS-PUFFER HIGH SCHOOL
1500 N. ROBERTS ROAD
231-744-1647
Serves 1,347 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

ORCHARD VIEW HIGH SCHOOL
2310 MARQUETTE AVENUE
231-760-1400
A Title I School.
Serves 709 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

OAKRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
5493 E. HALL ROAD
231-788-7300
A Title I School.
Serves 656 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

CRAIG EI
1580 PARK
231-720-3100
A Special Education School
Serves 54 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.4

DUCK CREEK LEARNING CENTER
4600 N. GIBSON ROAD
231-766-3001
A Non-traditional School
Serves 38 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

NORTH-EAST EDUCATION CENTER
1001 E. WESLEY AVENUE
616-773-0534
A Non-traditional School
Serves 17 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.6

ORCHARD VIEW ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
2310 MARQUETTE AVENUE
231-760-1350
A Non-traditional School

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