Luther, Michigan

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Population in 2012: 317 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -6.5%
 
Males: 161  (51.1%)
Females: 156  (48.9%)
Median resident age:  40.8 years
Michigan median age:  40.9 years

Zip codes: 49656.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $22,880 (it was $24,583 in 2000)
Luther:

$22,880
MI:

$46,859
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $8,420 (it was $10,715 in 2000)

Luther village income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $52,362 (it was $34,300 in 2000)
Luther:

$52,362
MI:

$115,700
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $61,189; Detached houses: $63,481; Mobile homes: $40,556

Median gross rent in 2012: $675.

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  • White alone - 299 (94.0%)
  • Hispanic - 9 (2.8%)
  • American Indian alone - 6 (1.9%)
  • Two or more races - 3 (0.9%)
  • Black alone - 1 (0.3%)

Races in Luther detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Luther: 81.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (32.1%), Irish (16.6%), English (9.2%), French (7.2%), Lithuanian (5.1%), United States (4.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 312 feet

Land area: 0.93 square miles.

Population density: 341 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Luther,MI real estate house value index trend

Luther, Michigan map

For population 25 years and over in Luther:

  • High school or higher: 79.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 4.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.3%
  • Unemployed: 5.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Luther village:

  • Never married: 37.2%
  • Now married: 47.2%
  • Separated: 2.2%
  • Widowed: 5.2%
  • Divorced: 8.3%

4 residents are foreign born

This village:  1.2%
Michigan:  6.1%



According to our research of Michigan and other state lists there were 10 registered sex offenders living in Luther, Michigan as of January 27, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Luther to the number of sex offenders is 32 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,200 (2.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,117 (1.8%)

Luther satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Grand Rapids, MI (74.6 miles , pop. 197,800).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Milwaukee, WI (132.8 miles , pop. 596,974).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (182.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Le Roy, MI (3.4 miles ), Tustin, MI (3.5 miles ), Baldwin, MI (3.6 miles ), Reed City, MI (3.8 miles ), Wedgewood, MI (3.8 miles ), Caberfae, MI (3.8 miles) , Boon, MI (4.2 miles) , Hersey, MI (4.2 miles ).

Latitude: 44.04 N, Longitude: 85.68 W

Area code: 231

Luther household income distribution Luther home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

10.6%
Michigan:

7.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -6 (-1.7%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (30%)
  • Construction (22%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (9%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (7%)
  • Retail trade (6%)
  • Information (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (22%)
  • Public administration (19%)
  • Finance and insurance (16%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (13%)
  • Construction (3%)
  • Manufacturing (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (16%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (16%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (13%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (10%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (9%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (7%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (7%)
  • Painters and paperhangers (7%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)

Work and jobs in Luther: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Luther, Michigan

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Luther-area historical tornado activity is below Michigan state average. It is 48% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1956, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 35.4 miles away from the Luther village center killed 2 people and injured 24 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 4/3/1956, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 53.1 miles away from the village center killed 18 people and injured 340 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Luther-area historical earthquake activity is near Michigan state average. It is 89% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 284.7 miles away from the city center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 321.1 miles away from Luther center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 403.0 miles away from the city center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 251.4 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 378.5 miles away from Luther center
On 9/2/1994 at 21:23:06, a magnitude 3.5 (3.4 LG, 3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 101.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lake County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Luther topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Luther:

  • SPECTRUM HEALTH - REED CITY CA (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; REED CITY, MI)
  • FMC - BALDWIN (Dialysis Facility, about 15 miles away; BALDWIN, MI)

Airports located in Luther:

Amtrak station near Luther:

  • 15 miles: REED CITY (101 W. SLOSSON AVE.) - Bus Station . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Luther:

  • Ferris State University (about 27 miles; Big Rapids, MI; Full-time enrollment: 11,238)
  • Mid Michigan Community College (about 47 miles; Harrison, MI; FT enrollment: 3,653)
  • Northwestern Michigan College (about 51 miles; Traverse City, MI; FT enrollment: 3,276)
  • Central Michigan University (about 55 miles; Mount Pleasant, MI; FT enrollment: 22,758)
  • Muskegon Community College (about 61 miles; Muskegon, MI; FT enrollment: 3,310)
  • Baker College of Muskegon (about 61 miles; Muskegon, MI; FT enrollment: 3,293)
  • Cornerstone University (about 74 miles; Grand Rapids, MI; FT enrollment: 2,573)

Public elementary/middle school in Luther:

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Library in Luther:

  • LUTHER AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $34,127; Location: 115 STATE STREET; 11,783 books; 528 audio materials; 1,494 video materials; 7 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Luther: Luther Area Public Library (A), Newkirk Township Hall (B), Luther Fire District 1 (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Luther include: Luther United Methodist Church (A), Fellowship Baptist Church (B), Church of Christ (C), Saint Ignatius Catholic Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Pleasant Hill Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Creek: Lincoln Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Lake County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Luther and their reported violations in the past:

LUTHER LIONS CLUB (Population served: 80, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation
MICHIGAN CONFERENCE CAMP ASSN. (Population served: 80, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
LUTHER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (Population served: 55, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
PINE RIVER PADDLE SPORTS (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation
TWIN CREEK INN (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
JOYCES TAVERN (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In APR-2004, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (APR-21-2004), St Public Notif requested (APR-21-2004), St Compliance achieved (MAY-03-2004)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 7 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
LOGGER'S LANDING (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 5 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
LUTHER SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 44.3%
(42.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This village:  2.3 people
Michigan:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:  61.3%
Whole state:  66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:  7.3%
Whole state:  6.4%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.7% of all households
7 people in homes for the mentally retarded in 2000

Luther compared to Michigan state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Banks with branches in Luther (2011 data):

  • Lake-Osceola State Bank: Luther Branch at 203 State Street, branch established on 1963/05/06. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $169.4 mil, Deposits: $141.7 mil, headquarters in Baldwin, MI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 8 total offices

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Luther travel time to work - commute Luther mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (45%)
  • Wood (27%)
  • Electricity (13%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (10%)
  • Other fuel (4%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Luther village (based on Lake County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 29.95%
Here: 29.9%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Church of ChristChristian and Missionary AllianceInternational Council of Community ChurchesUnited Methodist Church
Adherents57.7%5.4%4.7%4.3%4.2%
Congregations20.0%5.0%5.0%5.0%15.0%
Name The Wesleyan ChurchSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Assemblies of GodOther
Adherents3.6%3.5%3.5%2.9%10.0%
Congregations5.0%10.0%5.0%5.0%25.0%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Lake County:

1.80 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Lake County:

0.90 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Lake County:

8.09 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 15
Here:

13.49 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

11.6%
Michigan:

9.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Lake County:

32.0%
Michigan:

29.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.1%
State:

13.4%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 2$1,120
Judicial and Legal 0$0 7$680
Welfare 0$0 1$200
Totals for Government 0$0 10$2,000

8.81% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 200530,895 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.81%
Michigan average:

5.24%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Kent County, MI  1.03% ($26,897 average AGI)
from Mecosta County, MI  0.77% ($19,655)
from Osceola County, MI  0.71% ($29,148)


9.51% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 200624,945 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.51%
Michigan average:

5.98%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Kent County, MI  0.95% ($22,583 average AGI)
to Osceola County, MI  0.92% ($23,486)
to Mason County, MI  0.84% ($24,000)

Strongest AM radio stations in Luther:

  • WLDR (1210 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KINGSLEY, MI; Owner: FORT BEND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WTCM (580 AM; 35 kW; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WTCM RADIO, INC.)
  • WKJF (1370 AM; 5 kW; CADILLAC, MI; Owner: WKJF RADIO, INC.)
  • WCCW (1310 AM; 15 kW; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WCCW RADIO, INC.)
  • WBRN (1460 AM; 5 kW; BIG RAPIDS, MI; Owner: RH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WOAP (1080 AM; 50 kW; OWOSSO, MI)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WOOD (1300 AM; 20 kW; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WATT (1240 AM; 1 kW; CADILLAC, MI; Owner: MACDONALD GARBER BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WISN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WNAM (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEENAH-MENASHA, WI; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Luther:

  • WIAA (88.7 FM; INTERLOCHEN, MI; Owner: INTERLOCHEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS)
  • W201CF (88.1 FM; BALDWIN, MI; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WOLW (91.1 FM; CADILLAC, MI; Owner: NORTHERN CHRISTIAN RADIO, INC.)
  • WTCM-FM (103.5 FM; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WTCM RADIO, INC.)
  • WKAD (93.7 FM; HARRIETTA, MI; Owner: CADILLAC BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WDEE-FM (97.3 FM; REED CITY, MI; Owner: STEVEN V. BEILFUSS)
  • WCKC (107.1 FM; CADILLAC, MI; Owner: NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • WLXV (96.7 FM; CADILLAC, MI; Owner: MACDONALD GARBER BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WCXT (105.3 FM; HART, MI; Owner: WATERS BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WYBR (102.3 FM; BIG RAPIDS, MI; Owner: MENTOR PARTNERS, INC.)
  • WOUF (92.1 FM; BEULAH, MI; Owner: FORT BEND BROADCASTING CO.)

TV broadcast stations around Luther:

  • WWTV (Channel 9; CADILLAC, MI; Owner: HERITAGE B/CING COMPANY OF MICHIGAN)
  • WPBN-TV (Channel 7; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WPBN/WTOM LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, INC.)
  • WFQX-TV (Channel 33; CADILLAC, MI; Owner: ROCKFLEET BROADCASTING II, LLC)
  • W34BZ (Channel 34; LUDINGTON, MI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W48BY (Channel 48; LUDINGTON, MI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W53CC (Channel 53; LUDINGTON, MI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W58CU (Channel 58; BIG RAPIDS, MI; Owner: TRIBUNE TELEVISION HOLDINGS, INC.)

Luther fatal accident list:

Nov 12, 1994 02:21 AM, Spring St, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 6, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 2
Apr 3, 1991 02:41 PM, State St, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

4
  • Call Sign: N8GCJ, Previous Call Sign: KA8MNY
    Grant Date: 12/01/1987, Expiration Date: 12/01/1997, Cancellation Date: 12/02/1999
    Registrant: Reita L Craddock, Luther, MI 49656
  • Call Sign: W1CKK
    Grant Date: 04/22/1998, Expiration Date: 04/22/2008, Cancellation Date: 04/23/2010
    Registrant: Lila J De Maw, 4061 N Douglas Rd, Luther, MI 49656
  • Call Sign: W1FB, Licensee ID: L01535542
    Grant Date: 03/29/1988, Expiration Date: 03/29/1998, Cancellation Date: 09/29/1997
    Registrant: Milton F De Maw, 4061 N Douglas Rd, Luther, MI 49656
  • Call Sign: KD8UME, Licensee ID: L01778465
    Grant Date: 04/04/2013, Expiration Date: 04/04/2023, Certifier: Donald H Nixon
    Registrant: Donald H Nixon, 9465 East 4 1/2 Mile Rd, Luther, MI 49656

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers:

1
  • PONDEROSA FARMS LLC, 7065 N Kings Hwy, Luther, MI 49656
    Certificate: D001606 (Corporation), Certificate Issue Date: 05/17/2008, Expiration Date: 05/16/2009

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: MAULE M-7-260C (Category: Land, Seats: 5, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: LYCOMING IO-540-V4A5D (260 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 988TW , Serial Number: 30040C, Year manufactured: 2006, Airworthiness Date: 10/17/2006
    Registrant (Corporation): Ponderosa Farms LLC, 7065 N Kings Hwy, Luther, MI 49656

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 7
Most common first names in Luther, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1574.3 years
George1170.8 years
William1177.8 years
Robert1060.6 years
Mary980.2 years
Kenneth967.7 years
Walter877.4 years
Donald768.3 years
Betty768.9 years
James671.7 years
Most common last names in Luther, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Lucas881.0 years
Smith678.0 years
Moore666.3 years
Gydesen676.2 years
Wilson569.2 years
Williams573.0 years
Wetherell569.0 years
Fullerton571.0 years
Cole475.0 years
Thompson473.0 years
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