Manistique, Michigan

Manistique, formerly Monistique,[6] is the only city and county seat of Schoolcraft County in the U.S. state of Michigan.[7] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 3,097.

Manistique, Michigan
City of Manistique
Aerial view of Manistique showing Manistique River flowing into Lake Michigan
Aerial view of Manistique showing Manistique River flowing into Lake Michigan
Location within Schoolcraft County
Location within Schoolcraft County
Manistique is located in Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 45°57′28″N 86°14′59″W / 45.95778°N 86.24972°W / 45.95778; -86.24972Coordinates: 45°57′28″N 86°14′59″W / 45.95778°N 86.24972°W / 45.95778; -86.24972
CountryUnited States
Incorporated1883 (village)
1901 (city)
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • MayorMichael R. Perilloux
 • Total3.52 sq mi (9.11 km2)
 • Land3.21 sq mi (8.31 km2)
 • Water0.31 sq mi (0.80 km2)
600 ft (183 m)
 • Total3,097
 • Estimate 
 • Density915.86/sq mi (353.59/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)906
FIPS code26-50760[4]
GNIS feature ID1620685[5]
WebsiteOfficial website

The city borders the adjacent Manistique Township, but the two are administered automously. The city lies on the north shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Manistique River, which forms a natural harbor that has been improved with breakwaters, dredging, and the Manistique East Breakwater Light. The city is named after the river.[8] The economy depends heavily on tourism from Lake Michigan, as well as nearby Indian Lake State Park and Palms Book State Park.


Cedar Street, 1880s

Originally named Eastport, Manistique replaced Onota as the county seat.[9] Eastport was the name of the post office, but was not used for the community.[6] Manistique was incorporated as a village in 1883[6] and as a city in 1901 by the state legislature. With the river originally spelled Monistique, a spelling error in the city charter led to its current spelling.[8]


Manistique is nicknamed "The Emerald City." It is believed to be named for the emerald green waters of the nearby Kitch-iti-kipi spring, the largest spring in the state of Michigan. The Manistique Area Schools athletic teams are referred to as the "Emeralds." Several local businesses include "Emerald City" in their names.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.51 square miles (9.09 km2), of which 3.19 square miles (8.26 km2) is land and 0.32 square miles (0.83 km2) is water.[10]


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Manistique has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[11]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)2,939[3]−5.1%
Source: Census Bureau. Census
1880, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010.
The Historic Manistique Water Tower and Schoolcraft County Museum.

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 3,097 people, 1,383 households, and 765 families residing in the city. The population density was 970.8 inhabitants per square mile (374.8/km2). There were 1,617 housing units at an average density of 506.9 per square mile (195.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.0% White, 0.2% African American, 9.7% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 3.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 1,383 households, of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.7% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 43 years. 23% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.4% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 20.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.3% male and 53.7% female.




  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Manistique, Michigan
  6. ^ a b c "Mrs. Mutart Longest Manistique Resident; Here 60 Yrs. Monday". The Escanaba Daily Press. September 6, 1930. p. 11. Retrieved February 16, 2015 – via  
  7. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  8. ^ a b Sawyer, Alvah L. (2005) [1911]. "Chapter XX: Schoolcraft and Delta Counties". A history of the northern peninsula of Michigan and its people. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Library. pp. 351–353. Retrieved 2006-09-12.
  9. ^ "Schoolcraft County". History of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Library. 2005 [1883]. p. 547. Retrieved 2006-09-12.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  11. ^ "Manistique, Michigan Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase.
  12. ^ "ST. IGNACE-SAULT STE. MARIE-IRONWOOD" (PDF). Indian Trails. January 15, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 4, 2014. Retrieved 2013-02-28.