Ishpeming, Michigan

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Ishpeming, Michigan
—  City  —
Location of Ishpeming, Michigan
Coordinates: 46°29′33″N 87°40′3″W / 46.4925°N 87.6675°W / 46.4925; -87.6675
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyMarquette
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Mayor
 • MayorPat Scanlon
Area
 • Total9.3 sq mi (24.0 km2)
 • Land8.7 sq mi (22.5 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
Elevation1,407 ft (429 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total6,686
 • Density769.8/sq mi (297.2/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes49849, 49865
Area code(s)906
FIPS code26-41220[1]
GNIS feature ID0629103[2]
 
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Ishpeming, Michigan
—  City  —
Location of Ishpeming, Michigan
Coordinates: 46°29′33″N 87°40′3″W / 46.4925°N 87.6675°W / 46.4925; -87.6675
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyMarquette
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Mayor
 • MayorPat Scanlon
Area
 • Total9.3 sq mi (24.0 km2)
 • Land8.7 sq mi (22.5 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
Elevation1,407 ft (429 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total6,686
 • Density769.8/sq mi (297.2/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes49849, 49865
Area code(s)906
FIPS code26-41220[1]
GNIS feature ID0629103[2]
Statue of "Old Ish" in downtown Ishpeming

Ishpeming (play /ˈɪʃpəmɪŋ/) is a city in Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,686 at the 2000 census. This is down from a higher population in the 1950s and 1960s when the economically supportive iron ore mines had a much higher employment level. Ishpeming Township is located to the northwest of the city but is administratively autonomous.

Ishpeming is considered the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States and is the home to the National Ski Hall of Fame. The city was also prominently featured in the 2010 documentary Catfish.

The name Ishpeming comes from the Anishinaabe language ishpiming, meaning "on top" or "from above" or "upon high." Ishpeming, in the Ojibwa dialect of the Anishinaabe language, also means "Heaven". A statue of a Native American figure has stood in the small town square since 1884 and is referred to as "Old Ish".

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.2 square miles (24 km2), of which, 8.7 square miles (23 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it (6.16%) is water. Ishpeming's elevation is 1,436 feet (438 m) above mean sea level, which is over 800 feet (240 m) higher than that of nearby Lake Superior. The highlands of Ishpeming and the surrounding area, including the city of Negaunee to its east, receive an unusually high yearly average of lake effect snow.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,686 people, 2,915 households, and 1,757 families residing in the city. The population density was 769.8 per square mile (297.1/km²). There were 3,210 housing units at an average density of 369.6 per square mile (142.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.29% White, 0.06% Black, 1.20% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population. 25.5% were of Finnish, 14.4% Italian, 14.1% English, 12.4% French, 7.3% German, 5.7% Swedish and 5.1% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.8% spoke English and 1.9% Finnish as their first language.

There were 2,915 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,347, and the median income for a family was $38,924. Males had a median income of $36,310 versus $21,104 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,946. About 8.0% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.5% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Ishpeming, which is part of the greater Marquette area, is served by Sawyer International Airport with trips to Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis.

Marquette has a bus system called the "MarqTran" that runs through Ishpeming and also to nearby places such as Sawyer International Airport & Negaunee. Until 1969, the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad ran its Peninsula 400 to Ishpeming from Chicago. In its last days, the train consisted of one engine and one bi-level passenger car.

Highways

Emigration plaquette

Historical events

Notable people

Points of interest

Education

Ishpeming Public School District No. 1 consisting of:

In the adjacent Ishpeming Township, the N.I.C.E. Community Schools consists of

Places of worship

Festivals and events

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 
  3. ^ Monaghan, John (January 20, 2009). "The movie that put Ishpeming on the map: UP plans events this summer to mark 50th anniversary of 'Anatomy of a Murder'". Detroit Free Press. http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009901200303. .
  4. ^ "Twin City Meets Defeat: Ishpeming–Negaunee Eleven Lost by 33 to 0 Score to Green Bay". Iron Ore (Ishpeming). October 1919. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080828102417/http://www.ishhistsoc.com/Home_Tours/Copy%20of%20packvsish.html. Retrieved March 10. 2012. 
  5. ^ Staff (2008). "Swedish Migration and Settlement in Marquette County". Recorded in Stone: Voices on the Marquette Iron Range. Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. http://voices.nmu.edu/content.asp?PageName=Swedes. Retrieved March 10. 2012. 
  6. ^ Staff (2007). "USSA History". U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20090412205624/http://medals.ussa.org/magnoliaPublic/ussa/en/about/history.html. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ St. John, James. "Jasper Knob". Ohio State University - Newark. http://www.newarkcampus.org/professional/osu/faculty/jstjohn/UP%20Michigan%20geology/Jasper%20Knob.htm. [dead link]
  8. ^ Wood, Vivian (1997). "Ski Jumping Competion [sic] at Suicide Hill, Ishpeming, Michigan". Exploring the North. Self-published. http://www.exploringthenorth.com/suicide/jump.html. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  • Boyum, Burt; LaFreniere, Jamie (2003). The Ishpeming Ski Club: Over a Century of Skiing. US National Ski and Hall of Fame Museum. 
  •  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Ishpeming". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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Coordinates: 46°29′19″N 87°40′03″W / 46.48861°N 87.6675°W / 46.48861; -87.6675