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 2,911 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Iron River, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,911
Daytime Population: Workers 1,970
Daytime Population: Residents 1,804
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,774
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.30
Population in Households 2,822
Population in Familes 2,043
Population in Group Qrtrs 89
Population Density2 432
Diversity Index3 15


Median Household Income $32,699
Average Household Income $44,689
Per Capita Income $21,505


Total Housing Units 1,832 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,014 (55.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 389 (21.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 428 (23.4%)
Median Home Value $68,182
Average Home Value $85,429


Total Households 1,404
Average Household Size 2.01
Family Households 769
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.55% -0.63%
Households -0.41% -0.55%
Families 0.09% -0.74%
Median Household Income   1.58%
Per Capita Income   2.56%

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, 2017 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 # 241 65th
Population Density # 538 23rd
Diversity Index # 418 40th
Median Household Income # 640 8th
Per Capita Income # 483 30th

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