Overview

Introduction to Petoskey, Michigan

Petoskey, Michigan, in Emmet county, is 144 miles N of Saginaw, Michigan and 217 miles NE of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Petoskey History

The Odawa Indians were the original inhabitants of this region. The community was founded by Chief Ignatius Petosega, and was named in his honor. The word Petoskey is actually an Indian term meaning "where the light shines through the clouds." In the later part of the 19th century, the federal government abolished the Indian establishment, and the area was opened up for settlement. The area has a high concentration of the Petoskey stone, which is the state stone of Michigan. This stone was also named after the Odawa Indian chief.

Petoskey and nearby Attractions

  • Petoskey Marina
  • Bay Harbor History Museum
  • Fort Michilimackinac
  • Petoskey State Park
  • Little Traverse History Museum

Things To Do In Petoskey

Little Traverse History Museum, located in the city, houses exhibits in an 1892 railroad depot. Fort Michilimackinac, constructed by the French in the 18th century, served as a fur trading post. During the Revolution, the fort was a garrison for the British troops. It now includes reconstructed buildings that were once occupied by French, British and American troops. Fisherman's Island State Park, located on an island in Lake Michigan, features a shoreline, dunes and nature trails. Petoskey State Park and Burt Lake State Park offer facilities for camping, fishing and boating. In addition, the community organizes the Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair, the Festival on the Bay, the Winter Carnival and the C.S. Lewis Festival every year.

Petoskey Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chippewa County International Airport.

Petoskey Higher Education

Petoskey is home to the North Central Michigan College. Northwestern Michigan College, Lake Superior State University and Ferris State University are also close by as well.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,707
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens20.5%
Employed Population 16+3,045
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married40.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.7%
Median Earnings25+$29,124
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,152
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,039

Wealth

Median Family Income$73,810
% Above Poverty Level89.6%
% Below Poverty Level10.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time12 minutes
% Working from Home7.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work13.1%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone45.1%
Median Gross Rent$647
Median House Value$178,400

Ancestry

German25.4%
English16.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.7%
Irish11.4%
Polish10.1%
Dutch6.7%
Scottish5.2%
French Except Basque4.5%
Italian4.1%
Canadian3.8%
Norwegian2.2%
Swedish1.8%
Danishn1.6%
Welsh1%
Czech0.8%
Russian0.8%
Swiss0.8%
Finnish0.7%
Ukrainian0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Lebanese0.1%
Albanian0.1%
African0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Petoskey Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyEmmet County
Standard Zip Codes49770
Phone Area Codes231
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude45.36
Approximate Longitude-84.95

Petoskey Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPETOSKEY
Distance1.4 miles
Jan Temp14 to 26 F
Apr Temp33 to 48 F
Jul Temp59 to 75 F
Oct Temp40 to 56 F
Annual Precip31.1 inches
StationEAST JORDAN
Distance17.7 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp30 to 55 F
Jul Temp54 to 82 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip32.1 inches
StationVANDERBILT 11 ENE
Distance29.2 miles
Jan Temp5 to 25 F
Apr Temp27 to 52 F
Jul Temp50 to 80 F
Oct Temp32 to 55 F
Annual Precip31.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alanson787$42,750
Boyne City3,750$70,398
Boyne Falls423$53,250
Charlevoix2,364$51,071
Harbor Springs1,129$69,583
Pellston822$46,500

Petoskey Public Libraries

Petoskey District Library
500 EAST MITCHELL STREET
Petoskey, Michigan
(231) 758-3100

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Petoskey Hospitals

Mclaren - Northern Michigan
(Non-profit)
416 Connable Ave

Petoskey Public Schools

Central Elementary School
410 State St
ZIP: 49770
(231) 348-2110
Primary
Total Enrollment 269
Concord Academy - Petoskey
2468 Atkins Rd
ZIP: 49770
(231) 439-6800
Other
Total Enrollment 211
Lincoln School
616 Connable Ave
ZIP: 49770
(231) 348-2120
Primary
Total Enrollment 268
Ottawa Elementary School
871 Kalamazoo Ave
ZIP: 49770
(231) 348-2130
Primary
Total Enrollment 339
Petoskey High School
1500 Hill St
ZIP: 49770
(231) 348-2160
High
Total Enrollment 986
Petoskey Middle School
801 Northmen Dr
ZIP: 49770
(231) 348-2150
Middle
Total Enrollment 683
Petoskey Montessori Elem. School
1560 East Mitchell Rd
ZIP: 49770
(231) 347-5331
Primary
Total Enrollment 34
Sheridan School
1415 Howard St
ZIP: 49770
(231) 348-2140
Primary
Total Enrollment 280

Petoskey Private Schools

Petoskey Sda Elementary School
1402 Howard St
ZIP: 49770
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
St Francis Xavier School
414 Michigan St
ZIP: 49770
Elementary
Total Enrollment 196
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Historic Petoskey

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Cushman House between 1890 and 1901

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Cushman House between 1890 and 1901

R.R. station c1908.

Residence of T.H. Rockwood between 1900 and 1905

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