About Marquette

Marquette, MI Demographics

City Population: 21,355
County Population: 67, 676 
Upper Peninsula Population: 296,000
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Median Household Income: $45,011
Median Home Sale Price: $125,000

Quick Facts:

Nine Public School Districts
Northern Michigan University: 9,000 students, 147 degree programs including 25 graduate programs
Iron Ore Heritage Trail: 48 miles from Chocolay Township to Republic Township 
77 Picturesque Waterfalls
Marquette City Website

Marquette - A Nature Lover's Paradise 

Marquette is the largest city in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan ("the U.P."), situated on Lake Superior and surrounded by pristine nature. Marquette, Michigan is home to approximately 20,000 residents and 70,000 in the greater metropolitan area. The Upper Peninsula makes up 29% of the land area of the state of Michigan, with just 3% of its population. Nearly 300,000 people live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 

Open water, running streams, starry skies, and a welcoming community make up the heart of the place we call home. With a prosperous local economy, city-wide technology initiatives, thriving arts and culture scene, and limitless outdoor recreation opportunities, we live here for a particular quality of life that can be found nowhere else in the world. 

Quality of Life

Marquette has been nationally recognized for its commitment to quality of life, entrepreneurship, educational opportunities, and dedication to sustainable forestry practices. CNN/Money named Marquette one of the top five places to retire, while Outdoor Life Magazine ranked Marquette in the top ten percent of their "Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen" (2011). Nerdwallet voted Marquette #8 of 1,300 best small cities in America (2015). 

Travel to larger city-centers is convenient, as residents can find themselves three hours from Green Bay, WI, five hours from Milwaukee, WI, and six hours from Minneapolis/St, Paul, MN by car. And, the Marquette/Sawyer International Airport lies just outside of town, with non-stop service to Detroit Metro and Chicago O'Hare. 

Read our "Top Ten Perks of Living in Marquette"!


Marquette was known to early French Missionaries in the 17th century, but the area wasn't settled until iron deposits were found in the mid 1800s. Marquette still ships millions of tons of ore from mines in the Upper Peninsula. While logging and mining remain important industries, Marquette is home to cutting-edge small businesses with Northern Michigan University, a dynamic four-year institution in Marquette, supporting new growth in the local economy with their Northern Inititatives and Invent@NMU programs. 

UP Health System

Our Marquette hospital employs 2,400 healthcare professionals and added more than a dozen physicians in 2014. As a tertiary care facility, UPHS - Marquette is an important resource for the entire Upper Peninsula of Michigan. UPHS - Marquette provided $1.8 million in community benefit programs and $3.6 million in charity and uncompensated care in 2014. 

Read more about UP Health System.