Iron River, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Iron River, Michigan - Basic Facts

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The City of Iron River had a population of 2,988 as of July 1, 2016. Iron River ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Iron River is located at latitude 46.0959 and longitude -88.6366 in Iron County. The formal boundaries for the City of Iron River (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.74 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Iron County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,512 feet.

The City of Iron River (GNIS ID: 1626526) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Iron River population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Iron River, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 2,988
Population in Households 2,899
Population in Familes 2,102
Population in Group Qrtrs 89
Population Density1 444
Diversity Index2 14


Total Households 1,448
Average Household Size 2.0
Family Households 796
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,804 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,054 (58.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 395 (21.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 356 (19.7%)
Median Home Value $65,842
Average Home Value $85,606


Median Household Income $29,425
Average Household Income $41,273
Per Capita Income $19,980
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.22% -0.26%
Households 0.02% -0.11%
Families 0.66% -0.28%
Median Household Income   1.68%
Per Capita Income   1.82%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Iron River, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Iron River to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 237 66th
Population Density1 # 535 23rd
Diversity Index2 # 437 37th
Median Household Income # 656 5th
Per Capita Income # 519 25th

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