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Population and Geography of the Upper Peninsula

320,000 People

  • Approximately 3% of the Michigan
  • Approximately 0.1% of the United States
  • Population density of 19 people/sq. mile

10 Largest Cities

  • Marquette (~19,661 people)
  • Sault Ste. Marie (16,542)
  • Escananba (13,140)
  • Menominee (9,131)
  • Iron Mountain (8,154)
  • Houghton (7,134)
  • Ishpeming (6,535)
  • Ironwood (6,293)
  • Kingsford (5,549)
  • Gladstone (5,266)

* Approximately 205,500 people live in towns with 2,000 people or less

16,452 square miles

  • About the size of Denmark
  • Larger than the state of Maryland
  • 12,000 miles of streams
  • 4,300 inland lakes
  • 1,979 ft. highest peek, Mount Arvon
  • 1,700 miles of shoreline
  • 320 miles wide

15 Counties

  • Alger
  • Baraga
  • Chippewa
  • Delta
  • Dickinson
  • Gogebic
  • Houghton
  • Iron
  • Keweenaw (smallest population & area)
  • Luce
  • Mackinac
  • Marquette (largest population & area, and is larger than Rhode Island)
  • Menominee
  • Ontonagon
  • Schoolcraft


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