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Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Sault Ste. Marie had a population of 13,512 as of July 1, 2020. Sault Sainte Marie ranks in the upper 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 Sault Sainte Marie is located at latitude 46.4953 and longitude -84.3453 in Chippewa County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sault Ste. Marie encompass a land area of 14.77 sq. miles and a water area of 5.39 sq. miles. Chippewa County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 617 feet.

The City of Sault Ste. Marie (GNIS ID: 1627047) 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sault Sainte Marie: Saint Marys Falls, Sault de Sainte Marie, Sault Ste. Marie.


Sault Sainte Marie, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 13,512 (100%)
Population in Households 12,739 (94.3%)
Population in Families 8,782 (65.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 773 ( 5.7%)
Population Density 916
Diversity Index2 47


Median Household Income $41,288
Average Household Income $56,027
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $24,290
Wealth Index5 45


Total HU (Housing Units) 6,566 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,977 (45.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,822 (43.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 767 (11.7%)
Median Home Value $94,510
Average Home Value $128,123
Housing Affordability Index3 201


Total Households 5,799
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 3,056
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.44% -0.48%
Households -0.32% -0.44%
Families -0.64% -0.64%
Median Household Income   1.73%
Per Capita Income   2.18%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.47%


Sault Sainte Marie, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sault Sainte Marie to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 78 89th
Population Density # 362 48th
Median Household Income # 546 21st
Housing Affordability Index # 269 39th
Per Capita Income # 445 36th
Diversity Index # 76 89th

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