Mio, Michigan

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Mio, Michigan
CDP
Location of Mio within Oscoda County, Michigan
Mio, Michigan is located in Michigan
Mio, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 44°39′08″N 84°7′47″W / 44.65222°N 84.12972°W / 44.65222; -84.12972
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyOscoda
TownshipBig Creek
Mentor
Area
 • Total8.1 sq mi (21.0 km2)
 • Land7.5 sq mi (19.3 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.7 km2)
Elevation[1]1,020 ft (311 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total2,016
 • Density270.1/sq mi (104.3/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code48647
Area code(s)989
FIPS code26-54660[2]
GNIS feature ID1620853[1]
 
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Mio, Michigan
CDP
Location of Mio within Oscoda County, Michigan
Mio, Michigan is located in Michigan
Mio, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 44°39′08″N 84°7′47″W / 44.65222°N 84.12972°W / 44.65222; -84.12972
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyOscoda
TownshipBig Creek
Mentor
Area
 • Total8.1 sq mi (21.0 km2)
 • Land7.5 sq mi (19.3 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.7 km2)
Elevation[1]1,020 ft (311 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total2,016
 • Density270.1/sq mi (104.3/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code48647
Area code(s)989
FIPS code26-54660[2]
GNIS feature ID1620853[1]

Mio /ˈm./ is an unincorporated community in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Oscoda County[3] and is situated along the boundary between Mentor Township on the east and Big Creek Township on the west.

Mio is also a census-designated place (CDP) used for statistical purposes, but has no legal status as an incorporated municipality. As of the 2000 census, the CDP population was 2,016.

The town was founded in 1881, and was originally called “Mioe”, in honor of the wife of town founder, Henry Deyarmond. Other founders are Colige Comins, Reirlo Fosdick, and John Randall.[4] A post office named Mioe opened May 3, 1882. The name changed to Mio on November 21, 1883.[5] The Mio post office, with ZIP code 48647, also serves the northern portions of Mentor Township and the northeastern part of Big Creek Township, as well as a large area of eastern and southern Elmer Township and smaller portions of western Clinton Township and Comins Township.[6]

State record[edit]

On July 13, 1936, the temperature in Mio climbed to 112°F (44°C), the highest temperature ever recorded in Michigan. The coldest recorded temperature is −51 °F (−46 °C) at Vanderbilt on February 9, 1934.[7]

Along the AuSable River stands the biggest red cedar tree in Michigan. The tree can be found down a trail along the river between Comins Flatts and M-Dot in Mio.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.1 square miles (21 km2) of which, 7.5 square miles (19 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it (8.01%) is water.

Geographic features[edit]

Education[edit]

Mio is home to a public K-12 school, located on M-72. The school is a conjuncture of an Elementary, Middle, and High School.

Mio AuSable Schools offer a challenging curriculum with Advanced Placement classes and has a committed teaching staff. The school board members, support staff, and new technology provide a varied learning environment with fine arts classes, shop classes, and technology courses. The school offers and encourages parents to join PTO and organizations in support of education. The average student/teacher ratio is 19:1.[10]

The current superintendent of Mio AuSable Schools is Gary Wood. He also served as the elementary principal in the school year of 2011-2012 after funding cutbacks.[11] The high school/middle school principal is Jim Gendernalik who is also the supervisor of building and grounds. As of 2012, Mio AuSable School's Board of Education consisted of Paul Call, Penny Irelan, Dawn Stenzel, Kim Wright, Rick Ebert, Charles North, and David Lashley. The Board Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in Mio AuSable School's Auditorium.[12]

Mio AuSable Schools has several sports teams. They have teams in girls volleyball, football, girls & boys basketball, wrestling, track & field, softball, and baseball. Mio's Jay Smith ('76-'79) is the MHSAA boys basketball all-time career scoring leader. He averaged 29.0 points per game in 98 games for a total of 2,841 career points. Mio has appeared in the boy's basketball state finals twice, girls basketball once, football once, and has had several state qualifiers in track and wrestling.[13]

Transportation[edit]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,016 people, 826 households, and 537 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 270.1 per square mile (104.3/km²). There were 1,191 housing units at an average density of 159.6 per square mile (61.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.83% White, 0.15% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 2.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population.

There were 826 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $26,831, and the median income for a family was $31,379. Males had a median income of $29,542 versus $20,927 for females. The per capita income for the community was $13,064. About 13.9% of families and 21.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.3% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.

Local attractions and activities[edit]

The community is centered in the Huron National Forest along the Au Sable River. Wildlife are nearby, including bear, deer, eagles, Kirtland's Warblers, and turkeys. Local attractions and activities include:

Local recurring events[edit]

There are many recurring local events.[20]

Historical markers[edit]

There are two historical markers in Mio.

Media[edit]

The following can be accessed in Mio, Michigan.

Newspapers[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

FM[edit]

Call SignFrequencyCity Broadcast From
WJOJ89.7Harrisville
WPHN90.5Gaylord
WCML91.7Alpena
WFXD92.5Atlanta
WAVC93.9Mio
WKJZ94.9Hillman
WCMB-FM95.7Oscoda
WUPS98.5Harrison
WATZ99.3Alpena
WGRY100.3Grayling
WMJZ101.5Gaylord
WKJC104.7Tawas City
WHSB107.7Alpena

AM[edit]

There are no AM Radio Stations in range of Mio, Michigan, although WWJ can be faintly heard during the nighttime..

Media spotlight[edit]

For nearly 18 years, Mio was thrust into the local and national media spotlight due to a case involving two Detroit-area hunters that went missing in the fall of 1985. The case was eventually cracked in 2003, when two brothers, both from South Branch, Mi in Iosco County, were convicted of murdering the pair near Mio. A true account of the crimes was detailed in a 2006 book by Tom Henderson, titled Darker Than Night.

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Coordinates: 44°39′08″N 84°07′47″W / 44.65222°N 84.12972°W / 44.65222; -84.12972