Bear Lake, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Bear Lake, Michigan - Basic Facts

The Village of Bear Lake had a population of 298 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Bear Lake is located at latitude 44.42 and longitude -86.1461 in Manistee County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Bear Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.31 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Manistee County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 791 feet.

The Village of Bear Lake (GNIS ID: 2398058) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Village of Bear Lake is located within Township of Bear Lake, a minor civil division (MCD) of Manistee County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bear Lake 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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Bear Lake, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 298
Population in Households 296
Population in Familes 236
Population in Group Qrtrs 2
Population Density1 966
Diversity Index2 20


Total Households 123
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 82
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 177 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 105 (59.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 19 (10.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 54 (30.5%)
Median Home Value $136,458
Average Home Value $194,762


Median Household Income $40,764
Average Household Income $53,121
Per Capita Income $22,626
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.66% 0.53%
Households 0.67% 0.64%
Families 0.8% 0.48%
Median Household Income   2.39%
Per Capita Income   2.34%
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.

Bear Lake, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bear Lake 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 # 613 12th
Population Density1 # 342 51st
Diversity Index2 # 247 65th
Median Household Income # 429 38th
Per Capita Income # 344 50th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Michigan Census Data Comparison Tool.