Ontonagon County

Ontonagon County, Michigan

725 Greenland Rd
Ontonagon, MI 49953
Phone: (906) 884-4255
Fax: (906) 884-2916

On the northwest coast of the Upper Peninsula of MI; established Mar 9, 1843 from Michilimacknac and Chippewa counties. Name Origin: For the Ontonagon River, which runs through it; from Ojibway onagan 'dish' or 'bowl,' from the shape of the river's mouth.

Area (sq mi):: 3741.45 (land 1311.53; water 2429.92) Population per square mile: 5.60
Population 2005: 7,363 State rank: 81 Population change: 2000-20005 -5.80%; 1990-2000 -11.70% Population 2000: 7,818 (White 96.80%; Black or African American 0.00%; Hispanic or Latino 0.70%; Asian 0.20%; Other 2.60%). Foreign born: 1.40%. Median age: 45.90
Income 2000: per capita $16,695; median household $29,552; Population below poverty level: 10.40% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $20,890-$22,264
Unemployment (2004): 7.70% Unemployment change (from 2000): -1.50% Median travel time to work: 21.70 minutes Working outside county of residence: 24.00%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Victoria Hydroelectric Project is located on the Ontonagon River in Ontonagon County.
Participating electric providers include: Alger Delta Co-op Electric Association, City of Escanaba, Cloverland Electric Co-op, Great Lakes Energy Co-op, HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Co-op, Marquette Board of Power & Light, Midwest Energy Co-op, Ontonagon County REA, Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op and Thumb Electric Co-op.
The 60,000-acre Porcupine Mountains State Park, bordering Lake Superior in Ontonagon County, is another area of the UP where there has been some evidence of pumas over the past few decades.
Small amounts of silver continued to be recovered in later copper-mining activity, but in recent years the White Pine mine in Ontonagon County produced a surprising amount of silver along with the copper for which the mine was famous.
The electric cooperative utilities include Alger Delta, headquartered in Gladstone; Cloverland, Dafter; Great Lakes Energy, Boyne City and Newaygo; Midwest Energy, Cassopolis and Adrian; Ontonagon County, Ontonagon; Thumb, Ubly; Homeworks Tri-County, Portland and Blanchard; and Presque Isle Electric & Gas, Onaway.
Further, ease of implementation is an important criterion at Ontonagon County Telephone Co.

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