West Branch, Michigan

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Population in 2019: 2,050 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +6.4%
 
Males: 968  (47.2%)
Females: 1,082  (52.8%)
Median resident age:

45.5 years
Michigan median age:

39.8 years

Zip codes: 48661.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $30,453 (it was $30,132 in 2000)
West Branch:

$30,453
MI:

$59,584

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $20,948 (it was $17,852 in 2000)

West Branch city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $86,278 (it was $67,500 in 2000)
West Branch:

$86,278
MI:

$169,600

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $157,121; detached houses: $165,044; townhouses or other attached units: $230,932; mobile homes: $51,278

Median gross rent in 2019: $687.

March 2019 cost of living index in West Branch: 81.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 23.3%
(21.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in West Branch, MI (2010)
    • 2,04095.4%White alone
    • 361.7%Hispanic
    • 190.9%Two or more races
    • 150.7%Asian alone
    • 130.6%American Indian alone
    • 110.5%Black alone
    • 50.2%Other race alone

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



According to our research of Michigan and other state lists, there were 43 registered sex offenders living in West Branch, Michigan as of March 01, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in West Branch is 53 to 1.


Crime rates in West Branch by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(47.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(52.6)
1
(53.3)
0
(0.0)
1
(55.5)
1
(55.6)
3
(140.4)
2
(93.9)
0
(0.0)
2
(95.7)
0
(0.0)
3
(146.1)
3
(146.2)
1
(48.8)
0
(0.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(53.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(111.2)
1
(46.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(48.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
3
(160.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(110.9)
1
(55.6)
1
(46.8)
5
(234.9)
3
(142.2)
2
(95.7)
2
(96.9)
3
(146.1)
1
(48.7)
1
(48.8)
0
(0.0)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
13
(684.2)
16
(853.3)
0
(0.0)
7
(388.2)
12
(667.0)
14
(655.1)
9
(422.7)
3
(142.2)
7
(335.1)
4
(193.9)
5
(243.4)
3
(146.2)
4
(195.0)
2
(97.7)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
92
(4,842)
81
(4,320)
40
(2,180)
71
(3,938)
70
(3,891)
63
(2,948)
68
(3,194)
42
(1,991)
47
(2,250)
21
(1,018)
25
(1,217)
25
(1,218)
27
(1,316)
26
(1,270)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
3
(157.9)
1
(53.3)
1
(54.5)
3
(166.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
3
(140.9)
1
(47.4)
1
(47.9)
2
(96.9)
3
(146.1)
0
(0.0)
1
(48.8)
0
(0.0)
Arson
(per 100,000)
1
(52.6)
1
(53.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(48.8)
City-Data.com crime index296.3327.591.6264.6291.3299.5290.7121.8308.881.4223.5200.3119.057.6

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in West Branch, MI

Crime rate in West Branch detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 6 (5 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.44
Michigan average:

1.74
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Ancestries: American (23.7%), German (13.9%), English (7.0%), Irish (6.3%), Polish (3.4%), Scottish (3.1%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 959 feet

Land area: 1.33 square miles.

Population density: 1,541 people per square mile   (low).

West Branch, Michigan map

84 residents are foreign born (1.1% Asia, 0.7% Europe).

This city:

3.9%
Michigan:

6.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,538 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,523 (1.9%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Saginaw, MI (60.8 miles , pop. 61,799).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (142.5 miles , pop. 951,270).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (242.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

St. Helen, MI (3.3 miles ),
Skidway Lake, MI (3.4 miles ),
Rose City, MI (3.4 miles ),
Lupton, MI (3.9 miles ),
Prescott, MI (4.0 miles ),
Sterling, MI (4.5 miles ),
Prudenville, MI (4.5 miles ),
Whittemore, MI (4.7 miles )

Latitude: 44.28 N, Longitude: 84.24 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,586 (+118.5%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 425 (57.0%)

Area code: 989

Distribution of median household income in West Branch, MI in 2019
Distribution of house value in West Branch, MI in 2019
West Branch satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.2%
Michigan:

6.3%
Population change in the 1990s: +39 (+2.1%).
Most common industries in West Branch, MI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (18.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.7%)
  • Educational services (10.6%)
  • Construction (4.7%)
  • Public administration (4.7%)
  • Social assistance (4.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (11.8%)
  • Construction (10.1%)
  • Educational services (6.4%)
  • Public administration (5.7%)
  • Health care (5.4%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (4.2%)
  • Metal & metal products (4.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (29.6%)
  • Educational services (14.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.7%)
  • Social assistance (6.3%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.8%)
  • Public administration (3.8%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.2%)
Most common occupations in West Branch, MI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.2%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.8%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers, except waiters and waitresses (3.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6.4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.4%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (4.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.9%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (3.9%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.5%)
  • Child care workers (5.3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.9%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers, except waiters and waitresses (4.9%)

Average climate in West Branch, Michigan

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Tornado activity:

West Branch-area historical tornado activity is below Michigan state average. It is 35% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/30/1976, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 5.8 miles away from the West Branch city center injured 10 people.

On 3/27/1991, a category F3 tornado 13.8 miles away from the city center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

West Branch-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Michigan state average. It is 61% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 273.8 miles away from the city center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 241.8 miles away from the city center
On 5/2/2015 at 16:23:07, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MW, Depth: 2.8 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 153.3 miles away from West Branch center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 258.7 miles away from the city 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 103.8 miles away from the city 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) earthquake occurred 445.0 miles away from West Branch 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 Ogemaw County (5) is a lot smaller than the US average (15).
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
West Branch topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in West Branch:

  • HOSPICE OF HELPING HANDS INC (335 EAST HOUGHTON AVENUE)
  • WEST BRANCH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Government - Local, 2463 SOUTH M-30)
  • BORTZ HEALTH CARE OF WEST BRANCH (445 S VALLEY ST)
  • WEST BRANCH GERIATRIC VILLAGE (445 S VALLEY STREET)
  • DAVITA - WEST BRANCH DIALYSIS (599 COURT ST)
  • DISTRICT HEALTH DEPT NO 2 (630 PROGRESS STREET)
  • HEARTLAND HOME CARE INC. MIDLA (417 WEST HOUGHTON AVENUE, SUITE E)
  • LEELIN HOME HEALTH CARE (352 E HOUGHTON AVE)
  • MICHIGAN PREMIER HOME HEALTH CARE (304 EAST HOUGHTON AVE)
  • UNITY HOME HEALTH CARE, L L C (575 COURT STREET SUITE C)

Airports and heliports located in West Branch:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to West Branch:

  • Mid Michigan Community College (about 34 miles; Harrison, MI; Full-time enrollment: 3,653)
  • Northwood University-Michigan (about 45 miles; Midland, MI; FT enrollment: 2,763)
  • Delta College (about 52 miles; University Center, MI; FT enrollment: 7,480)
  • Saginaw Valley State University (about 52 miles; University Center, MI; FT enrollment: 9,021)
  • Central Michigan University (about 55 miles; Mount Pleasant, MI; FT enrollment: 22,758)
  • Ferris State University (about 75 miles; Big Rapids, MI; FT enrollment: 11,238)
  • Northwestern Michigan College (about 75 miles; Traverse City, MI; FT enrollment: 3,276)

Public high schools in West Branch:

  • OGEMAW HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 889, Location: 960 SOUTH M 33, Grades: 9-12)
  • ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL ACADEMY OF OGEMAW COUNTY (Location: 2389 S M 76, Grades: 6-12, Charter school)

Public elementary/middle schools in West Branch:

Private elementary/middle school in West Branch:

  • ST JOSEPH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 164, Location: 935 W HOUGHTON AVE, Grades: KG-8)
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Library in West Branch:

  • WEST BRANCH DISTRICT LIBRARY (Operating income: $270,332; Location: 119 NORTH FOURTH STREET; 31,000 books; 2,500 audio materials; 600 video materials; 66 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in West Branch: West Branch Station (A), Ogemaw County Sheriff's Office (B), Ogemaw Fire Department (C), West Branch City Hall (D), West Branch Public Library (E), Ogemaw County Courthouse (F), Ogemaw County Historical Museum (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in West Branch include: Church of Christ (A), Church of the Nazarene (B), Community of Christ Church (C), Trinity Episcopal Church (D), West Branch Assembly Church (E), Church of God (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Brookside Cemetery (1), Saint Joseph's Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Park in West Branch: Irons Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotels: Welcome Motel (3308 West M 76), Four Seasons Stables (1340 South M 33), Clear Lake Motel (2174 North Clear Lake Road).

Courts: Ogemaw-County - Friend Of The Court (806 West Wright Street), Ogemaw-County - Magistrate- Judges- District Court- Probation Officer (806 West Wright Street), Ogemaw-County - Circuit Court Judge (806 West Wright Street), Ogemaw-County - Adult Probation Parole- Circuit Court Judge- Probation & Parole Off (801 West Houghton Avenue).

Birthplace of: Daniel Way - Writer, Joel Sheltrown - Politician.

Ogemaw 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 West Branch and their reported violations in the past:

TROLL LANDING (Population served: 200, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
ROSE CITY DAIRY QUEEN (Population served: 200, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Acute (TCR) - In AUG-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (AUG-04-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-04-2011), St Tech Assistance Visit (AUG-04-2011), St Compliance achieved (AUG-08-2011)
NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-23-2013), St Tech Assistance Visit (JUL-23-2013), St Public Notif received (2 times from JUL-23-2013 to NOV-04-2013), St Compliance achieved (DEC-09-2013)
SPORTSMAN BAR (Population served: 40, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In FEB-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (FEB-10-2006), St Compliance achieved (FEB-23-2006)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (AUG-04-2005), St Compliance achieved (AUG-19-2005), St Public Notif received (OCT-13-2005), St Compliance achieved (OCT-25-2005)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (JUL-18-2005), St Compliance achieved (JUL-25-2005)
PRIMARY CARE PRACTICE ST. HELEN (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in West Branch that have no violations reported:

  • THE NIGHTMARE INC (Population served: 200, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • TOWNE CLUB PARTY STORE (Population served: 200, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • ROSE CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Population served: 197, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • SKATE PLACE (Population served: 125, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • ROSE CITY CAFE (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • THE NEW FAULL INN (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • LORANGER PINES CAMPGROUND (Population served: 80, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • JACKSONVILLE STORE (Population served: 75, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • OGEMAW COMMISSION ON AGING (Population served: 75, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • TRI TERRACE MOTEL (Population served: 70, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.0 people
Michigan:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

48.6%
Whole state:

66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.4%
Whole state:

6.4%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households
104 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
32 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities in 2010

People in group quarters in West Branch in 2000:

  • 47 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 6 people in other group homes
  • 3 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Banks with branches in West Branch (2011 data):

  • Firstbank - West Branch: 601 Houghton Branch, M-30 Branch, Court Street Branch, 2087 South M-76 Branch, at 502 West Houghton Avenue. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $248.5 mil, Deposits: $202.2 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Firstbank Corporation
  • Independent Bank: West Branch Branch at 700 West Houghton Avenue, branch established on 1890/01/01. Info updated 2010/10/20: Bank assets: $2,304.7 mil, Deposits: $2,092.2 mil, headquarters in Ionia, MI, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 107 total offices, Holding Company: Independent Bank Corporation
  • PNC Bank, National Association: West Branch Plaza East Branch at 2044 South M-76, branch established on 1974/09/23. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The

For population 15 years and over in West Branch:

Marital status in West Branch, MI
  • Never married: 23.8%
  • Now married: 41.0%
  • Separated: 2.9%
  • Widowed: 14.1%
  • Divorced: 18.2%

For population 25 years and over in West Branch:

  • High school or higher: 83.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.5%
  • Unemployed: 8.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.0 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.5
Michigan average:

10.8

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - West Branch
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for West Branch, MI (based on Ogemaw County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic2,8393
Evangelical Protestant2,57620
Mainline Protestant1,1016
Other3064
None14,877-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
This county:

2.82 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
This county:

1.41 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
This county:

4.71 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 22
Ogemaw County:

10.35 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.4%
State:

9.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Ogemaw County:

29.7%
State:

29.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.0%
Michigan:

13.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
West Branch:

48.8%
Michigan:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

45.1%
Michigan:

46.5%

Average BMI:
West Branch:

29.0
Michigan:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

21.7%
Michigan:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

11.8%
Michigan:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
Michigan:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

33.2%
Michigan:

34.2%

General health condition:
West Branch:

55.7%
Michigan:

56.1%

Average condition of hearing:
West Branch:

77.5%
Michigan:

79.2%

More about Health and Nutrition of West Branch, MI Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2018)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other and Unallocable 16$60,115$45,0864$2,945
Police Protection - Officers 5$21,552$51,7250$0
Parks and Recreation 4$15,029$45,0871$979
Sewerage 4$15,492$46,4760$0
Water Supply 4$15,029$45,0870$0
Streets and Highways 4$15,029$45,0871$2,167
Financial Administration 3$6,427$25,7080$0
Other Government Administration 1$2,446$29,3520$0
Police - Other 1$1,213$14,5562$795
Housing and Community Development (Local) 1$2,685$32,2200$0
Totals for Government 43$155,017$43,2618$6,885

West Branch government finances - Expenditure in 2018 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $833,000 ($406.34)
    Sewerage: $759,000 ($370.24)
    Police Protection: $418,000 ($203.90)
    Regular Highways: $247,000 ($120.49)
    Financial Administration: $241,000 ($117.56)
    Water Utilities: $147,000 ($71.71)
    Solid Waste Management: $144,000 ($70.24)
    Central Staff Services: $126,000 ($61.46)
    Parks and Recreation: $65,000 ($31.71)
    Air Transportation: $47,000 ($22.93)
    General Public Buildings: $45,000 ($21.95)
    Local Fire Protection: $27,000 ($13.17)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $181,000 ($88.29)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $47,000 ($22.93)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $43,000 ($20.98)
    Parks and Recreation: $12,000 ($5.85)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $769,000 ($375.12)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $34,000 ($16.59)

West Branch government finances - Revenue in 2018 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $627,000 ($305.85)
    Other: $536,000 ($261.46)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $43,000 ($20.98)
  • Miscellaneous - Donations From Private Sources: $108,000 ($52.68)
    General Revenue - Other: $75,000 ($36.59)
    Interest Earnings: $12,000 ($5.85)
    Sale of Property: $8,000 ($3.90)
    Fines and Forfeits: $7,000 ($3.41)
    Rents: $1,000 ($0.49)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $288,000 ($140.49)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $312,000 ($152.20)
    General Local Government Support: $204,000 ($99.51)
    Other: $35,000 ($17.07)
  • Tax - Property: $1,246,000 ($607.80)

West Branch government finances - Debt in 2018 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,039,000 ($3921.46)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,700,000 ($3756.10)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $339,000 ($165.37)

West Branch government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,979,000 ($1940.98)

6.18% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($35,222 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.18%
Michigan average:

5.43%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Iosco County, MI  0.65% ($34,865 average AGI)
from Wayne County, MI  0.39% ($46,677)
from Genesee County, MI  0.35% ($29,071)
Businesses in West Branch, MI
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1IZOD1
AT&T1KFC1
Ace Hardware1Kmart1
Ann Taylor1La-Z-Boy1
Applebee's1Lane Furniture2
Arby's1Little Caesars Pizza1
AutoZone1MasterBrand Cabinets6
Bath & Body Works1McDonald's1
Burger King1Old Navy1
Chevrolet1Quality1
Dairy Queen1Rite Aid1
DressBarn1Rue211
Dressbarn1Sears1
Famous Footwear1Super 81
FedEx2Taco Bell1
Ford1U-Haul1
GNC1UPS4
Gap1Walgreens1
Gymboree1Walmart1
H&R Block1

Strongest AM radio stations in West Branch:

  • WTCM (580 AM; 35 kW; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WTCM RADIO, INC.)
  • WLDR (1210 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KINGSLEY, MI; Owner: FORT BEND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WOAP (1080 AM; 50 kW; OWOSSO, MI)
  • WWJ (950 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WJR (760 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WXYT (1270 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORP. OF DETROIT)
  • WFDF (910 AM; 50 kW; FLINT, MI; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WCCW (1310 AM; 15 kW; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WCCW RADIO, INC.)
  • WCHB (1200 AM; 50 kW; TAYLOR, MI; Owner: RADIO ONE OF DETROIT, LLC)
  • WDFN (1130 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WSGW (790 AM; 5 kW; SAGINAW, MI; Owner: NM LICENSING LLC)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WJML (1110 AM; 10 kW; PETOSKEY, MI)

Strongest FM radio stations in West Branch:

  • WBMI (105.5 FM; WEST BRANCH, MI; Owner: NORTHERN RADIO NETWORK CORPORATION)
  • WAWB-LP (107.3 FM; WEST BRANCH, MI; Owner: WEST BRANCH SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTBROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WUPS (98.5 FM; HOUGHTON LAKE, MI; Owner: COLTRACE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WCEN-FM (94.5 FM; HEMLOCK, MI; Owner: NM LICENSING LLC)
  • WEJC (88.3 FM; WHITE STAR, MI; Owner: SUPERIOR COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WKQZ (93.3 FM; MIDLAND, MI; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WGDN-FM (103.1 FM; GLADWIN, MI; Owner: APPLE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WGRY-FM (100.3 FM; GRAYLING, MI; Owner: GANNON BROADCASTING SYSTEM'S, INC.)
  • WYLZ (100.9 FM; PINCONNING, MI; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WWCM (96.9 FM; STANDISH, MI; Owner: CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY)

TV broadcast stations around West Branch:

  • W61CS (Channel 61; HOUGHTON LAKE, MI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W50CD (Channel 50; HOUGHTON LAKE, MI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W36CE (Channel 36; HOUGHTON LAKE, MI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W52CO (Channel 52; HOUGHTON LAKE, MI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W15BP (Channel 15; PINCONNING, MI; Owner: P & P CABLE HOLDINGS, L.L.C.)
  • WUHO-LP (Channel 57; PINCONNING, MI; Owner: P & P CABLE HOLDINGS, L.L.C.)
  • W63CH (Channel 63; HOUGHTON LAKE, MI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W18CB (Channel 18; HOUGHTON LAKE, MI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W57CQ (Channel 57; HOUGHTON LAKE, MI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

West Branch fatal accident list:

Jul 10, 2015 05:43 PM, Sr-55, Lat: 44.277272, Lon: -84.202992, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Nov 23, 1990 07:10 PM, Houghton, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Mar 3, 1988 12:00 AM, State, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 28Number of bridges
  • 220ft / 67.2mTotal length
  • $254,000Total costs
  • 125,288Total average daily traffic
  • 10,572Total average daily truck traffic
  • 103,903Total future (year 2018) average daily traffic
New bridges in West Branch, MI - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21930-1939
  • 21940-1949
  • 11960-1969
  • 221970-1979
  • 11990-1999
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for West Branch, MI

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in West Branch)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

127 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in West Branch, MI)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

36 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

6 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

74 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in West Branch)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

7
  • Aircraft: BELL OH-58A (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 112 mph), Engine: ALLISON 250-C10D (317 HP) (Turbo-shaft)
    N-Number: 153SA , Serial Number: 68-16711, Year manufactured: 1968, Airworthiness Date: 05/09/2003, Certificate Issue Date: 09/05/2008
    Registrant (Individual): Terry A Hodges, 1550 Driftwood Ct, West Branch, MI 48661
  • Aircraft: VERCAMMEN JOHN A SONERAI 2LS (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: AMA/EXPR UNKNOWN ENG (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 2718V , Serial Number: 032617-2LS, Year manufactured: 2020, Airworthiness Date: 03/12/2020, Certificate Issue Date: 05/21/2019
    Registrant (Individual): John A Vercammen, Po Box 282, West Branch, MI 48661
  • Aircraft: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC A-1C-180 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: LYCOMING O-360-A1P (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 31WY , Serial Number: 3108, Year manufactured: 2010, Airworthiness Date: 10/04/2016, Certificate Issue Date: 10/30/2019
    Registrant (Individual): Terry A Hodges, 1550 Driftwood Ct, West Branch, MI 48661
  • Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 67 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR A&C65 SERIES (65 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 42462 , Serial Number: 14729, Year manufactured: 1945, Airworthiness Date: 11/29/1960, Certificate Issue Date: 08/28/1998
    Registrant (Individual): Lane C Taber, 2534 Deerfield St, West Branch, MI 48661
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 172N (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 5295E , Serial Number: 17271824, Year manufactured: 1978, Airworthiness Date: 11/08/1978, Certificate Issue Date: 05/30/1986
    Registrant (Corporation): Timbers Flying Club, 2565 Crestview Dr, West Branch, MI 48661
  • Aircraft: OLENIK THOMAS SUMMITT II (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: ROTAX 582SER (65 HP) (2 Cycle)
    N-Number: 70498 , Serial Number: 3134, Year manufactured: 2003, Airworthiness Date: 02/12/2007, Certificate Issue Date: 05/28/2014
    Registrant (Individual): Philip H Shaw, 2565 Crestview Dr, West Branch, MI 48661
  • Aircraft: VERCAMMEN JOHN A SONERAI 2LS (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: Reciprocating
    N-Number: 8682S , Serial Number: 032617-2LS, Certificate Issue Date: 05/21/2019
    Registrant (Individual): John A Vercammen, Po Box 282, West Branch, MI 48661
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 05/24/1973

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 21. The highest number of reported fires - 66 took place in 2007, and the least - 3 in 2015. The data has a dropping trend.
    Fire incident types in West Branch, MI When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (43.4%), and Outside Fires (42.3%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in West Branch, MI
    • 15843.4%Structure Fires
    • 15442.3%Outside Fires
    • 4612.6%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 61.6%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for West Branch, MI
Most common first names in West Branch, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William8176.1 years
John7374.5 years
Mary6879.7 years
Robert6669.9 years
James5171.9 years
Charles5175.2 years
George4577.8 years
Helen4282.0 years
Thomas3771.2 years
Joseph3777.3 years
Most common last names in West Branch, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith2774.6 years
Miller2578.6 years
Winter2279.3 years
Johnson1877.6 years
Wangler1777.2 years
Brown1678.5 years
Rau1671.0 years
Cook1582.1 years
Clark1573.1 years
Stephens1479.7 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in West Branch, MI
  • 94.6%Utility gas
  • 4.2%Electricity
  • 1.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in West Branch, MI
  • 68.0%Utility gas
  • 24.8%Electricity
  • 2.7%No fuel used
  • 2.6%Other fuel
  • 1.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


West Branch compared to Michigan state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

West Branch on our top lists:

  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Spain (population 500+)"
There are 11 pilots and 14 other airmen in this city.
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