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Ontonagon, Michigan
—  Village  —
River Street in downtown Ontonagon
Location of Ontonagon, Michigan
Coordinates: 46°52′15″N 89°18′46″W / 46.87083°N 89.31278°W / 46.87083; -89.31278
Country United States
State Michigan
County Ontonagon
 - Total 3.9 sq mi (10.0 km2)
 - Land 3.7 sq mi (9.7 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 617 ft (188 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,769
 - Density 472.0/sq mi (182.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49953
Area code(s) 906
FIPS code 26-60860[1]
GNIS feature ID 1621113[2]

Ontonagon (pronounced /ɒntəˈnɑːɡən/ ON-tə- NAH-gən) is a village in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 1,769. It is the county seat of Ontonagon County[3].

The village is located within Ontonagon Township, at the mouth of the Ontonagon River on Lake Superior. The main industry centers on the Smurfit-Stone Container production facility at the river mouth.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 10.0 square kilometers (3.9 square miles). 9.7 square kilometres (3.8 square miles) of it is land and 0.3 square kilometres (0.1 square miles) of it is water. The total area is 3.35% water.



At the census[1] of 2000 there were 1,769 people, 768 households, and 450 families living in the village. The population density was 182.1/square kilometre; (472.0/square mile). There were 891 housing units at an average density of 91.7/square kilometre (237.7/square mile). The racial makeup of the village was 97.68% White, 0.00% African American, 0.73% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. 0.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.9% were of Finnish, 20.6% German, 7.4% Polish, 6.4% French. 5.8% English and 5.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 768 households, of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.4% were non-families. 37.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the village the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 27.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females aged 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $28,300, and the median income for a family was $35,804. Males had a median income of $36,964 versus $20,815 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,293. 11.8% of the population and 6.5% of families were below the poverty line. 15.1% of those under the age of 18 and 10.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Ontonagon is located on the far western edge of the Eastern Time Zone, in the summer the sun sets over Lake Superior at 10pm local time with dusk lasting until almost 11pm. By contrast in the winter the sun does not rise until just before 9am and it is still pitch black at 8am.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

Coordinates: 46°52′16″N 89°18′51″W / 46.87111°N 89.31417°W / 46.87111; -89.31417



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