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Iron County, Michigan (MI)


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County population in 2012: 11,587 (27% urban, 73% rural); it was 13,138 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,252
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,307
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,742
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,018 (it was 1,006 in 2000)
% of renters here:

18%
State:

28%

Land area: 1166 sq. mi.
Water area: 44.7 sq. mi.
Population density: 10 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Iron County: 81.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (24.3%), Manufacturing (14.7%), Retail trade (13.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 78%
  • Government: 15%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 7%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Median resident age:  51.0 years
Michigan median age:  38.0 years

Males: 5,821  (54.9%)
Females: 5,996  (45.1%)

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Iron County,MI real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Iron County:

2.0 people
Michigan:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $28,935 ($28,560 in 1999)
This county:

$28935
Michigan:

$45255

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $330 (lower quartile is $259, upper quartile is $405)
This county:

$330
State:

$591


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $68,206 (it was $51,100 in 2000)
Iron County:

$68,206
Michigan:

$132,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $43,516 - $126,653

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $101,006
Here:

$101,006
State:

$168,888

Townhouses or other attached units: $97,262
Here:

$97,262
State:

$147,658

In 2-unit structures: $44,096
Here:

$44,096
State:

$101,322

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $113,475
Here:

$113,475
State:

$133,558

Mobile homes: $114,631
Here:

$114,631
State:

$39,606
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,037
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $256

Institutionalized population: 276

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Iron County, MI map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,008 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $816 (1.1%)


Iron County household income distribution in 2009 Iron County home values distribution


Iron County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 13.7%
(13.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 88.1% for Black residents, 24.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 22.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 7.7% for other race residents, 21.2% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 51 years old
(Males: 51 years old, Females: 52 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 52 years old, Black residents: 51 years old, American Indian residents: 37 years old, Asian residents: 50 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

11.3%
Whole state:

10.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

4.2%
Whole state:

4.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Iron County is $415 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $615 a month.

Cities in this county include: Iron River, Crystal Falls, Stambaugh, Caspian, Gaastra, Amasa, Mineral Hills, Alpha.

Iron County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Iron County: George Young Golf Course (A), Glidden Lake State Forest Campground (B), Deer Lake State Forest Campground (C), Lake Ellen Campground (D), Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp (E), Balsam Station (F), Kelso Junction (G), Wild River Motel and RV Park (H), Old Atkinson Dam Site (I), Dishaws Camp (J), Golden Lake Recreation Area (K), Paint River Forks Campground (L), Black House Campground (M), Camp Gibbs Recreation Area (N), Perch Lake Campground (O), Lake Sainte Kathryn Campground (P), State Line Recreation Area (Q), Hagerman Lake Recreation Area (R), Lake Ottawa Recreation Area (S), Holmes Park (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Iron County include: Bethany Church (A), Finnish Lutheran Church (B), Iron River Jehovah's Witnesses (C), Iron River Bible Church (D), Saint Paul's Lutheran Church (E), Beechwood Church (F), Lakeview Bible Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Rosehill Cemetery (1), Bates Cemetery (2), Stambaugh Cemetery (3), Resthaven Cemetery (4), Indian Burial Ground (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Lake Mary (A), Marsh Lake (B), Mallard Lake (C), Maggie Lakes (D), Hannah Webb Lake (E), Twin Lakes (F), Railroad Lake (G), Lower Holmes Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Camp Lake Creek (A), Bush Creek (B), Fox Farm Creek (C), Nash Creek (D), Borski Creek (E), Bleat Creek (F), Waterworks Creek (G), Fribley Creek (H), Barnetts Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Iron County include: Iron County Forest Preserve (1), Elmwood Wayside (2), Pentoga Park (3), Sunset Lake Park (4), Dawson Lake Park (5), Stager Lake Park (6), Gibson Lake Park (7), Indian Village Historical Marker (8), First Roadside Park Historical Marker (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Baraga County , Florence County, Wisconsin , Forest County, Wisconsin , Dickinson County , Gogebic County , Houghton County , Marquette County , Vilas County, Wisconsin , Ontonagon County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 253
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 151 (79% naturalized citizens)

Iron County:

1.1%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 82.6%

Iron County marital status for males
Iron County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Iron County with a mortgage: 1,459 (66 second mortgage, 113 home equity loan, 3 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,011

Here:

42.0% with mortgage
State:

69.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 62.35%
Here62.3%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 8,191
Total congregations: 25

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist Church The Evangelical Covenant ChurchLutheran Church
Adherents4,736 (57.8%)1,815 (22.2%)351 (4.3%)272 (3.3%)214 (2.6%)
Congregations3 (12.0%)4 (16.0%)3 (12.0%)1 (4.0%)2 (8.0%)
NameLDS (Mormon) ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Baptist General ConferenceAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents188 (2.3%)152 (1.9%)150 (1.8%)65 (0.8%)248 (3.0%)
Congregations1 (4.0%)1 (4.0%)2 (8.0%)1 (4.0%)7 (28.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Iron County - Iron River, Crystal Falls, Stambaugh, Caspian, Gaastra

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

3.30 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Iron County:

0.83 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
This county:

11.57 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 18
Iron County:

14.87 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.5%
Michigan:

9.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.5%
Michigan:

29.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Iron County:

15.6%
State:

13.4%


Agriculture in Iron County:

Average size of farms: 296 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $30,318
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $365.07
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 15.38%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $22,017
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 23.74%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 10.79%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $52,001
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.57%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.27
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 3.81%
All wheat for grain: 360 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 14 acres

Tornado activity:

Iron County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Michigan state average. It is 4.9 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 2 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 8/15/1978, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured 2 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Iron County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 3

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (14%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Wood products (7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Health care (27%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Cashiers (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Iron County (%):





Iron County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,827 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 669 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 12 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 4 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 219 (4%)
  • Other means: 21 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 162 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Iron County, Michigan in 2000:

People in group quarters in Iron County, Michigan in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $38,331.

5.27% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($34,374 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.27%
Michigan average:

5.24%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.02% relocated from other counties in Michigan ($13,198 average AGI)
3.25% relocated from other states ($21,177 average AGI)
Iron County:

3.25%
Michigan average:

1.38%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Dickinson County, MI  0.39% ($43,833 average AGI)
from Marquette County, MI  0.30% ($17,929)
from Cook County, IL  0.26% ($33,167)


5.48% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,055 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.48%
Michigan average:

5.98%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.25% relocated to other counties in Michigan ($11,202 average AGI)
3.23% relocated to other states ($15,854 average AGI)
Iron County:

3.23%
Michigan average:

2.21%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Dickinson County, MI  0.71% ($26,848 average AGI)
to Marquette County, MI  0.41% ($27,474)
to Brown County, WI  0.37% ($23,235)
to Houghton County, MI  0.22% ($32,500)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.2

Births per 1000 population in Iron County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 16.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 16.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Iron County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Iron County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,577 (3,135 aged, 442 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 7.94
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9589.260
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 198.620
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 49296.89

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 951.3
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1439.140
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 8.13

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 38.81
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 81.31

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 24.39

Household type by relationship:

Households: 11,462

Size of family households: 2,015 2-persons, 603 3-persons, 409 4-persons, 165 5-persons, 66 6-persons, 26 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,055 1-person, 211 2-persons, 18 3-persons, 5 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

95.5% of residents of Iron County speak English at home.
1.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (77% speak English very well, 8% speak English well, 14% speak English not well).
2.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (83% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (60% speak English very well, 40% speak English well).
1.1% of residents speak other language at home (87% speak English very well, 7% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $93,651,000 ($7440 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,181,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $48,037,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $23,225,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $395,000
Federal grants: $17,343,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,001,000 ($42,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,651,000 ($458,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $81,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $728,000
Federal Government insurance: $477,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 478
Here:

39 per 1000 residents
State:

68 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,072
Here:

87 per 1000 residents
State:

45 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: -2
Here -0 per 1000 residents
State +12 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -206
Here -17 per 1000 residents
State -16 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Iron County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.26 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.1

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Iron County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 18
  • 2 rooms: 38
  • 3 rooms: 174
  • 4 rooms: 609
  • 5 rooms: 1,380
  • 6 rooms: 1,253
  • 7 rooms: 633
  • 8 rooms: 364
  • 9+ rooms: 273
  • 1 room: 8
  • 2 rooms: 83
  • 3 rooms: 183
  • 4 rooms: 266
  • 5 rooms: 212
  • 6 rooms: 123
  • 7 rooms: 81
  • 8 rooms: 30
  • 9+ rooms: 20
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Iron County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 210
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,406
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,271
  • 4 bedrooms: 681
  • 5+ bedrooms: 154
  • no bedroom: 16
  • 1 bedroom: 290
  • 2 bedrooms: 397
  • 3 bedrooms: 201
  • 4 bedrooms: 74
  • 5+ bedrooms: 28
Cars and other vehicles available in Iron County, Michigan in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 246
  • 1 vehicle: 1,574
  • 2 vehicles: 2,139
  • 3 vehicles: 591
  • 4 vehicles: 165
  • 5+ vehicles: 27
  • no vehicle: 209
  • 1 vehicle: 544
  • 2 vehicles: 195
  • 3 vehicles: 55
  • 4 vehicles: 3
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

67% of Iron County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 56% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 44% lived in Michigan.

Iron County:

67.4%
State average:

58.3%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $42,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 12%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 10%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Iron County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (54.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (22.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (10.4%)
  • Wood (9.4%)
  • Electricity (2.7%)
  • Utility gas (73.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (9.1%)
  • Electricity (7.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4.7%)
  • Wood (3.9%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 31
Here:

2.4%
Michigan:

11.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 14
Here:

1.8%
Michigan:

8.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 15
Here:

7.0%
Michigan:

16.5%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue Debt

Iron County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Iron County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Iron County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Iron County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Iron County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Iron County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Iron County, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John26578.4 years
Mary16280.7 years
William14077.9 years
Joseph11977.9 years
Robert10270.4 years
Frank9179.8 years
George8875.2 years
Edward8575.4 years
Walter8478.0 years
Anna7284.8 years
Most common last names in Iron County, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson14277.7 years
Anderson10077.3 years
Peterson6879.1 years
Maki6274.9 years
Carlson5277.9 years
Erickson5081.2 years
Olson3779.2 years
Nelson3378.2 years
Hill3177.0 years
Williams3173.7 years
Businesses in Iron County, MI
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1McDonald's1
AmericInn1Nike1
FedEx2Subway2
KFC1U-Haul2
La-Z-Boy1UPS2
MasterBrand Cabinets4
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