West Ishpeming, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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West Ishpeming, Michigan - Basic Facts

The West Ishpeming Census Designated Place had a population of 2,725 as of July 1, 2016. West Ishpeming ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for West Ishpeming is located at latitude 46.4884 and longitude -87.7171 in Marquette County. The formal boundaries for the West Ishpeming Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.96 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Marquette County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,440 feet.

The West Ishpeming Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2393843) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The West Ishpeming Census Designated Place is located within Township of Ishpeming, a minor civil division (MCD) of Marquette County.

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


Total Population 2,725
Population in Households 2,647
Population in Familes 2,242
Population in Group Qrtrs 78
Population Density1 921
Diversity Index2 8


Total Households 1,076
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 776
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,123 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 973 (86.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 103 ( 9.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 47 ( 4.2%)
Median Home Value $106,416
Average Home Value $127,541


Median Household Income $53,361
Average Household Income $69,167
Per Capita Income $27,815
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.37% 0.25%
Households 0.67% 0.42%
Families 0.63% 0.33%
Median Household Income   1.62%
Per Capita Income   1.86%
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.

West Ishpeming, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Ishpeming 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 # 250 64th
Population Density1 # 361 48th
Diversity Index2 # 649 6th
Median Household Income # 170 76th
Per Capita Income # 169 76th

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