Big Bay, Michigan

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Population in 2010: 319.
Population change since 2000: +20.4%
Males: 135  (42.3%)
Females: 184  (57.7%)
Median resident age:

60.7 years
Michigan median age:

39.8 years

Zip codes: 49808, 49855.

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Estimated median household income in 2019: $62,587 (it was $34,750 in 2000)
Big Bay:

$62,587
MI:

$59,584

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $44,699 (it was $18,620 in 2000)

Big Bay CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $162,872 (it was $88,300 in 2000)
Big Bay:

$162,872
MI:

$169,600

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $189,674; detached houses: $196,840; townhouses or other attached units: $183,478; in 2-unit structures: $105,668; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $267,845; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $305,411; mobile homes: $47,165
March 2019 cost of living index in Big Bay: 84.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 15.3%
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Ancestries: Swedish (11.8%), Danish (10.6%), Dutch (10.6%), American (9.4%), German (9.4%), English (3.5%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 685 feet

Land area: 3.83 square miles.

Population density: 83 people per square mile   (very low).

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8 residents are foreign born (4.2% Europe).

This place:

4.2%
Michigan:

6.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,592 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,508 (1.3%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Green Bay, WI (159.7 miles , pop. 102,313).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Milwaukee, WI (260.4 miles , pop. 596,974).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (344.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Negaunee, MI (4.7 miles ),
Ishpeming, MI (4.7 miles ),
Trowbridge Park, MI (4.7 miles ),
West Ishpeming, MI (4.8 miles ),
Marquette, MI (4.9 miles ),
Michigamme, MI (5.1 miles ),
Palmer, MI (5.2 miles ),
Harvey, MI (5.3 miles )

Latitude: 46.81 N, Longitude: 87.73 W

Area code: 906

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

3.8%
Michigan:

6.3%
Most common industries in Big Bay, MI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (17.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (15.2%)
  • Health care (10.1%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (9.1%)
  • Food & beverage stores (7.1%)
  • Construction (6.1%)
  • Public administration (5.1%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (12.5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (12.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (12.5%)
  • Public administration (10.4%)
  • Utilities (8.3%)
  • Educational services (8.3%)
  • Truck transportation (6.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (25.5%)
  • Health care (19.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (17.6%)
  • Food & beverage stores (9.8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (5.9%)
  • Wood products (3.9%)
  • Radio, TV, computer stores (3.9%)
Most common occupations in Big Bay, MI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (13.1%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (8.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Woodworkers (6.1%)
  • Child care workers (5.1%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (12.5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (10.4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10.4%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (8.3%)
  • Carpenters (8.3%)
  • Woodworkers (8.3%)
  • Social scientists and related workers (4.2%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (13.7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (13.7%)
  • Child care workers (9.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9.8%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (7.8%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.9%)
  • Registered nurses (5.9%)

Average climate in Big Bay, Michigan

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Earthquake activity:

Big Bay-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Michigan state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 336.3 miles away from Big Bay center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 405.4 miles away from Big Bay center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 485.4 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 517.1 miles away from Big Bay center
On 3/2/2017 at 16:53:31, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 206.6 miles away from Big Bay center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 374.9 miles away from Big Bay center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Marquette County (9) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Freeze: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Big Bay topographic map

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Big Bay:

  • Northern Michigan University (about 24 miles; Marquette, MI; Full-time enrollment: 8,258)
  • Michigan Technological University (about 45 miles; Houghton, MI; FT enrollment: 6,078)
  • Northcentral Technical College (about 157 miles; Wausau, WI; FT enrollment: 3,356)
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (about 159 miles; Green Bay, WI; FT enrollment: 5,415)
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (about 160 miles; Green Bay, WI; FT enrollment: 6,069)
  • Lake Superior State University (about 162 miles; Sault Ste Marie, MI; FT enrollment: 2,242)
  • Saint Norbert College (about 165 miles; De Pere, WI; FT enrollment: 2,324)

Public elementary/middle school in Big Bay:

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Points of interest:

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Notable location: Powell Township Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services Station 1 (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Big Bay include: Presbyterian Church of Big Bay (A), Saint Mary's Catholic Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: McKenzie Bay (A), Lake Independence (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Big Bay: Perkins County Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

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

Hotel: Big Bay Motel (96 Bensinger).

Marquette County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This place:

1.9 people
Michigan:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

55.6%
Whole state:

66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

8.8%
Whole state:

6.4%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 2.9% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.6% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Big Bay:

Marital status in Big Bay, MI
  • Never married: 25.4%
  • Now married: 47.7%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 7.7%
  • Divorced: 19.1%

For population 25 years and over in Big Bay:

  • High school or higher: 98.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 45.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 14.0%
  • Unemployed: 13.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.1
Michigan average:

10.8

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Big Bay, MI (based on Marquette County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic15,62613
Mainline Protestant10,11331
Evangelical Protestant5,53942
Other8139
Orthodox451
None34,941-
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: 15
This county:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

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

1.53 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 29
Marquette County:

4.44 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 52
This county:

7.96 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Marquette County:

8.8%
Michigan:

9.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Marquette County:

29.0%
Michigan:

29.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Marquette County:

12.1%
State:

13.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Big Bay:

54.0%
Michigan:

49.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

42.2%
State:

46.5%

Average BMI:
Big Bay:

30.9
State:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Big Bay:

33.1%
Michigan:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Big Bay:

16.2%
State:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

7.0
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Big Bay:

60.6%
State:

34.2%

General health condition:
Big Bay:

54.4%
Michigan:

56.1%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

77.6%
Michigan:

79.2%

More about Health and Nutrition of Big Bay, MI Residents

4.45% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($47,367 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.45%
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 Houghton County, MI  0.22% ($29,655 average AGI)
from Alger County, MI  0.20% ($31,235)
from Delta County, MI  0.20% ($23,580)


5.43% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($44,026 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.43%
Michigan average:

5.69%

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

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Delta County, MI  0.27% ($34,743 average AGI)
to Alger County, MI  0.17% ($40,909)
to Houghton County, MI  0.17% ($31,205)

Strongest AM radio stations in Big Bay:

  • WZAM (970 AM; 5 kW; ISHPEMING, MI)
  • WDMJ (1320 AM; 5 kW; MARQUETTE, MI; Owner: NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • WDBC (680 AM; 10 kW; ESCANABA, MI; Owner: KMB BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WTCM (580 AM; 35 kW; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WTCM RADIO, INC.)
  • WIAN (1240 AM; 1 kW; ISHPEMING, MI; Owner: NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WSAU (550 AM; 20 kW; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WLDR (1210 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KINGSLEY, MI; Owner: FORT BEND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WNAM (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEENAH-MENASHA, WI; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Big Bay:

  • WKQS-FM (101.9 FM; NEGAUNEE, MI; Owner: GREAT LAKES RADIO, INC.)
  • WFXD (103.3 FM; MARQUETTE, MI; Owner: GREAT LAKES RADIO, INC.)
  • WNGE (99.5 FM; NEGAUNEE, MI; Owner: NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • WMQT-FM (107.7 FM; ISHPEMING, MI; Owner: TACONITE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WNMU-FM (90.1 FM; MARQUETTE, MI; Owner: NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY)
  • WGLI (98.7 FM; HANCOCK, MI; Owner: KEWEENAW BAY INDIAN COMMUNITY)
  • WVCN (104.3 FM; BARAGA, MI; Owner: KEWEENAW BAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WJPD (92.3 FM; ISHPEMING, MI; Owner: NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • W260AG (99.9 FM; ISHPEMING, MI; Owner: FAMILY EDUC. BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WHWL (95.7 FM; MARQUETTE, MI; Owner: GOSPEL OPPORTUNITIES, INC.)
  • WCUP (105.7 FM; L'ANSE, MI; Owner: KEWEENAW BAY INDIAN COMMUNITY)
  • WUPK (94.1 FM; MARQUETTE, MI; Owner: NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)

TV broadcast stations around Big Bay:

  • WMQF (Channel 19; MARQUETTE, MI; Owner: MARQUETTE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WBKP (Channel 5; CALUMET, MI; Owner: SCANLAN TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WLUC-TV (Channel 6; MARQUETTE, MI; Owner: WLUC LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, INC.)
  • WNMU (Channel 13; MARQUETTE, MI; Owner: BD. OF CONTROL OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY)

Big Bay fatal accident list:

Dec 17, 2013 03:00 AM, Cr-Kcb Dam Rd, Lat: 46.819169, Lon: -87.717403, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Feb 4, 2012 03:00 AM, Cr-550, Lat: 46.810008, Lon: -87.728422, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 10ft / 3.0mTotal length
  • 2,905Total average daily traffic
  • 154Total average daily truck traffic
  • 3,030Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Big Bay)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

3
  • 8101, S Of Big Bay Road On Cr 510 (Lat: 46.784083 Lon: -87.726500), Type: Tower, Structure height: 144.8 m, Overall height: 152.4 m, Call Sign: WPUX699,
    Assigned Frequencies: 851.012 MHz, Grant Date: 03/09/2012, Expiration Date: 05/22/2022, Certifier: Harry E Warner, Registrant: State Of Michigan, 4000 Collins Rd, Lansing, MI 48909-8131, Phone: (517) 336-2634, Fax: (517) 336-6222, Email:
  • 8101, S Of Big Bay Road On Cr510 (Lat: 46.784083 Lon: -87.726500), Type: Tower, Structure height: 144.8 m, Overall height: 152.4 m, Call Sign: WPUY459,
    Assigned Frequencies: 851.362 MHz, 851.862 MHz, 852.862 MHz, 853.362 MHz, 853.862 MHz, Grant Date: 03/09/2012, Expiration Date: 05/28/2022, Certifier: Harry E Warner, Registrant: State Of Michigan, 7150 Harris Drive, Dimondale, MI 48821, Phone: (517) 284-4086, Fax: (517) 284-4066, Email:
  • Lat: 46.743333 Lon: -87.879139, Call Sign: WQOM427,
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.490 MHz, 152.465 MHz, 157.725 MHz, 159.555 MHz, 158.220 MHz, 152.465 MHz, 157.725 MHz, 159.555 MHz, 158.220 MHz, 159.600 MHz... (+5 more), Grant Date: 11/15/2011, Expiration Date: 11/15/2021, Certifier: Tim Worth, Registrant: Range Telecommunications, 2342 Us 41 West, Marquette, MI 49855-4300, Phone: (906) 228-7000, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • 8101 BIG BAY, S Of Big Bay Road On Cr510 (Lat: 46.784083 Lon: -87.726472), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 144.8 m, Overall height: 152.4 m, Call Sign: WPSN993,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6635.00 MHz, Grant Date: 04/06/2011, Expiration Date: 06/29/2021, Certifier: Harry E Warner, Registrant: State Of Michigan, 7150 Harris Drive, Dimondale, MI 48821, Phone: (517) 284-4086, Fax: (517) 284-4066, Email:
  • Big Bay Water Tower, 505 Hoffman St. (Lat: 46.819222 Lon: -87.732194), Type: Tank, Structure height: 30.5 m, Overall height: 33.5 m, Call Sign: WQXP615,
    Assigned Frequencies: 5960.02 MHz, Grant Date: 05/02/2016, Expiration Date: 05/02/2026, Certifier: Cathy A Niemi, Registrant: Latham & Watkins LLP, 555 11th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20004, Phone: (202) 637-2136, Email:

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • Remington Road (Lat: 46.738528 Lon: -87.654000), Overall height: 55 m, Call Sign: KUS281,
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.240 MHz, Grant Date: 05/15/2018, Expiration Date: 04/09/2028, Registrant: Range Corporation, 2342 Us 41 West, Marquette, MI 49855, Phone: (906) 228-7000, Fax: (906) 228-8653, Email:

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

1
  • Perkins Park Cr 550 (Lat: 46.806028 Lon: -87.726250), Type: Tower, Call Sign: KFV901,
    Assigned Frequencies: 156.425 MHz, 156.450 MHz, 156.800 MHz, Grant Date: 09/19/2014, Expiration Date: 09/22/2024, Registrant: Marquette County Central Dispatch, 180 Us-41 East, Negaunee, MI 49866, Phone: (906) 475-1118, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Big Bay)
Most common first names in Big Bay, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
George573.8 years
James568.2 years
Mary573.8 years
Charles476.0 years
Leo464.2 years
William471.8 years
Andrew360.0 years
Anna381.7 years
Edward376.3 years
John367.3 years
Most common last names in Big Bay, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Temple577.2 years
Burns469.2 years
Johnson477.2 years
Havel375.7 years
Boulden364.3 years
Lukity381.0 years
Mackert360.4 years
Tompkins393.7 years
White380.7 years
Barrett280.5 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Big Bay, MI
  • 61.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 21.7%Utility gas
  • 17.0%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Big Bay, MI
  • 75.0%Utility gas
  • 25.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Big Bay compared to Michigan state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting 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 above state average.
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