Big Bay, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Big Bay, Michigan - Basic Facts

The Big Bay Census Designated Place had a population of 310 as of July 1, 2017. Big Bay ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 Big Bay is located at latitude 46.8173 and longitude -87.708 in Marquette County. The formal boundaries for the Big Bay Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.78 sq. miles and a water area of 2.15 sq. miles. Marquette County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 682 feet.

The Big Bay Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2393337) 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 Big Bay Census Designated Place is located within Township of Powell, a minor civil division (MCD) of Marquette County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Big Bay 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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Big Bay, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 310
Daytime Population: Workers 179
Daytime Population: Residents 206
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 385
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.24
Population in Households 310
Population in Familes 222
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 82
Diversity Index3 11


Median Household Income $57,143
Average Household Income $71,233
Per Capita Income $37,110


Total Housing Units 345 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 146 (42.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 22 ( 6.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 177 (51.3%)
Median Home Value $128,000
Average Home Value $247,635


Total Households 168
Average Household Size 1.85
Family Households 95
Average Family Size 2
  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 -0.39% -0.39%
Households -0.24% -0.36%
Families 0.0% -0.64%
Median Household Income   2.15%
Per Capita Income   2.41%

Big Bay, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Big Bay 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 # 609 12th
Population Density # 675 3rd
Diversity Index # 543 22nd
Median Household Income # 136 80th
Per Capita Income # 67 90th

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