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Ontonagon County, Michigan (MI)


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County population in 2012: 6,413 (all rural); it was 7,818 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,181
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,620
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,935
Renter-occupied apartments: 457 (it was 521 in 2000)
% of renters here:

15%
State:

28%

Land area: 1312 sq. mi.
Water area: 2429.9 sq. mi.
Population density: 5 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Ontonagon County: 80.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (22.9%), Retail trade (15.7%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (13.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 72%
  • Government: 21%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 7%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Ontonagon County, Michigan:


Median resident age:  52.0 years
Michigan median age:  38.0 years

Males: 3,496  (58.4%)
Females: 3,284  (41.6%)

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Ontonagon County,MI real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Ontonagon County:

2.0 people
Michigan:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $29,941 ($29,552 in 1999)
This county:

$29941
Michigan:

$45255

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $294 (lower quartile is $216, upper quartile is $366)
This county:

$294
State:

$591


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $66,862 (it was $45,300 in 2000)
Ontonagon County:

$66,862
Michigan:

$132,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $41,069 - $119,560

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $81,426
Here:

$81,426
State:

$168,888

Townhouses or other attached units: $76,850
Here:

$76,850
State:

$147,658

In 2-unit structures: $13,986
Here:

$13,986
State:

$101,322

Mobile homes: $83,960
Here:

$83,960
State:

$39,606
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,009
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $242

Institutionalized population: 51

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):


Ontonagon 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: $999 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $736 (1.1%)


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


Ontonagon County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 11.7%
(11.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 20.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 13.0% for American Indian residents, 26.5% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 52 years old
(Males: 52 years old, Females: 52 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 52 years old, Black residents: 42 years old, American Indian residents: 42 years old, Asian residents: 63 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 39 years old)

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

10.4%
Whole state:

10.5%

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

4.0%
Whole state:

4.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Ontonagon 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: Ontonagon, White Pine.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Ontonagon County: Penegors Camp (A), Carp Lake School (B), Perttus Big Spruce Golf Course (C), Ontonagon Golf Club (D), Bergland Station (E), Rockland Station (F), Lake Gogebic Station (G), Krobath Cabin (H), Mass Station (I), Hilger Camp (J), Lost Creek Outpost Campground (K), Ontonagon Equestrian Complex (L), Wood Spur (M), White Pine Camp and Picnic Area (N), Green Park Picnic Area (O), Choate (P), Bergland Township Park Picnic Area (Q), Ontonagon County Park Campground and Picnic Area (R), Tanlund Lake Picnic Area (S), Bond Falls Park Picnic Area (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Ontonagon County include: Gospel Mission Church (A), Wainola Church (B), North Bruce Church (C), Trinity Lutheran Church (D), Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church (E), Saint Mary's Church (F), Trinity Lutheran Church (G), Calvary Baptist Church (H), Seventh Day Adventist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Bruce Crossing Cemetery (1), Paynesville Cemetery (2), Barclay Cemetery (3), Forest Lawn Cemetery (4), Maple Grove Cemetery (5), Woodawn Cemetery (6), Maple Grove Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Lost Lake (A), Amber Lake (B), Beaver Pond (C), Behlow Lake (D), Bond Falls Flowage (E), Weidman Lake (F), Buckeye Lake (G), Lily Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Canada Creek (A), West Sleeping River (B), Mason Creek (C), Bush Creek (D), Kostlenick Creek (E), Newholm Creek (F), Buckless Creek (G), Brown Creek (H), Bond Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Ontonagon County include: Ontonagon County Park (1), Ewen Pines Roadside Park (2), Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (3), Maple Grove Park (4), Trout Creek Township Park (5), Stannard Township Park (6), Porcupine Mountains Historical Marker (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beach: Santa Monica Beach (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Gogebic County , Houghton County , Iron County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 186
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 83.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 111 (43% naturalized citizens)

Ontonagon County:

1.4%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 76.0%

Ontonagon County marital status for males
Ontonagon County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Ontonagon County with a mortgage: 714 (21 second mortgage, 27 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,110

Here:

39.1% with mortgage
State:

69.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 55.05%
Here55.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 4,304
Total congregations: 30

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchWisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Adherents1,751 (40.7%)1,236 (28.7%)499 (11.6%)357 (8.3%)162 (3.8%)
Congregations5 (16.7%)7 (23.3%)2 (6.7%)6 (20.0%)1 (3.3%)
NameAssemblies of GodGeneral Association of Regular Baptist ChurchesAssociation of Free Lutheran CongregationsSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchOther
Adherents107 (2.5%)77 (1.8%)35 (0.8%)35 (0.8%)45 (1.0%)
Congregations2 (6.7%)2 (6.7%)1 (3.3%)1 (3.3%)3 (10.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Ontonagon County - Ontonagon, White Pine

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
This county:

8.62 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.


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

1.44 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
This county:

8.62 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 15
Ontonagon County:

21.55 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.1%
Michigan:

9.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.7%
Michigan:

29.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Ontonagon County:

16.9%
State:

13.4%


Agriculture in Ontonagon County:

Average size of farms: 312 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $22,343
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $38.33
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 79.71%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $20,468
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 37.94%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $47,202
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 92.59%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 9.14
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 19.17%
Corn for grain: 66 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 25 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 11 acres

Tornado activity:

Ontonagon County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Michigan state average. It is 60.5 times below overall U.S. average.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Ontonagon County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 3

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Paper (15%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (4%)
  • Health care (21%)
  • Accommodation and food services (15%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Food and beverage stores (7%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)
  • Cashiers (4%)

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




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





Ontonagon County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,268 (73%)
  • Carpooled: 411 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 31 (1%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 190 (6%)
  • Other means: 25 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 163 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $38,258.

4.58% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($40,488 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.58%
Michigan average:

5.24%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.78% relocated from other counties in Michigan ($18,864 average AGI)
1.79% relocated from other states ($21,616 average AGI)
Ontonagon County:

1.79%
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 Gogebic County, MI  0.59% ($33,250 average AGI)
from Houghton County, MI  0.37% ($13,600)


6.40% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,646 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.40%
Michigan average:

5.98%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.52% relocated to other counties in Michigan ($12,787 average AGI)
2.87% relocated to other states ($14,860 average AGI)
Ontonagon County:

2.87%
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 Gogebic County, MI  0.79% ($23,227 average AGI)
to Houghton County, MI  0.61% ($21,824)
to Marquette County, MI  0.47% ($20,846)
to Baraga County, MI  0.36% ($22,900)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.6

Births per 1000 population in Ontonagon County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Ontonagon County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Ontonagon County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,999 (1,713 aged, 286 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 13.27
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7946.400
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 941.890
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 82170.34

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 760.560
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1453.210

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 12.69
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 81.49

Household type by relationship:

Households: 6,697

Size of family households: 1,280 2-persons, 328 3-persons, 192 4-persons, 95 5-persons, 33 6-persons, 26 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,134 1-person, 156 2-persons, 8 3-persons, 3 4-persons, 3 5-persons.

93.0% of residents of Ontonagon County speak English at home.
0.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (77% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 11% speak English not well).
1.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (87% speak English very well, 7% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
4.6% of residents speak other language at home (77% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $63,395,000 ($8410 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,356,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $29,423,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $13,186,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $140,000
Federal grants: $11,506,000
Federal procurement contracts: $5,542,000 ($1,618,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,598,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $291,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $741,000
Federal Government insurance: $2,330,000

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

Births: 267
Here:

36 per 1000 residents
State:

68 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 607
Here:

82 per 1000 residents
State:

45 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +3
Here:

+0 per 1000 residents
State:

+12 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -101
Here -14 per 1000 residents
State -16 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Ontonagon County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.44 millions of gallons per day (23% from ground, 77% from surface)

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 Ontonagon County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 8
  • 2 rooms: 29
  • 3 rooms: 132
  • 4 rooms: 425
  • 5 rooms: 794
  • 6 rooms: 727
  • 7 rooms: 445
  • 8 rooms: 197
  • 9+ rooms: 178
  • 1 room: 15
  • 2 rooms: 37
  • 3 rooms: 104
  • 4 rooms: 115
  • 5 rooms: 101
  • 6 rooms: 61
  • 7 rooms: 45
  • 8 rooms: 22
  • 9+ rooms: 21
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Ontonagon County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 14
  • 1 bedroom: 155
  • 2 bedrooms: 804
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,412
  • 4 bedrooms: 469
  • 5+ bedrooms: 81
  • no bedroom: 17
  • 1 bedroom: 150
  • 2 bedrooms: 136
  • 3 bedrooms: 153
  • 4 bedrooms: 51
  • 5+ bedrooms: 14
Cars and other vehicles available in Ontonagon County, Michigan in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 152
  • 1 vehicle: 893
  • 2 vehicles: 1,363
  • 3 vehicles: 434
  • 4 vehicles: 71
  • 5+ vehicles: 22
  • no vehicle: 96
  • 1 vehicle: 233
  • 2 vehicles: 148
  • 3 vehicles: 40
  • 4 vehicles: 4
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

71% of Ontonagon 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, 50% lived in Michigan.

Ontonagon County:

71.5%
State average:

58.3%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $33,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 13%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 12%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Ontonagon County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (33.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (23.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (23.4%)
  • Wood (15.8%)
  • Electricity (2.8%)
  • Utility gas (40.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (20.0%)
  • Electricity (16.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (15.7%)
  • Wood (6.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 7
Here:

0.9%
Michigan:

11.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 6
Here:

1.4%
Michigan:

8.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 23
Here:

15.1%
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

Ontonagon County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Ontonagon County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Ontonagon County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Ontonagon County, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John6874.5 years
Mary4680.5 years
William4176.2 years
Charles3376.2 years
Edward2876.9 years
Anna2684.8 years
Robert2270.7 years
Helen2279.7 years
James2070.2 years
Joseph1972.2 years
Most common last names in Ontonagon County, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Maki2275.4 years
Johnson1778.0 years
Ross1679.9 years
Koski1474.1 years
Hill1479.7 years
Roehm1378.6 years
Guzek1284.2 years
Broemer1279.0 years
Anderson1081.6 years
Heikkila1077.5 years
Businesses in Ontonagon County, MI
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1True Value1
Ace Hardware1U-Haul1
AmericInn1

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