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Baraga, Michigan
Village
Downtown Baraga along U.S. Route 41
Downtown Baraga along U.S. Route 41
Location within Baraga County
Location within Baraga County
Country United States
State Michigan
County Baraga
Township Baraga
Area
 • Total 2.17 sq mi (5.63 km2)
 • Land 2.13 sq mi (5.51 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Elevation
630 ft (192 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,053
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,946
 • Density 915.33/sq mi (353.36/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
49908
Area code(s) 906
FIPS code 26-05320
GNIS feature ID 2398031

Baraga ( BAIR-ə-gə) is a village in Baraga County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,053 at the 2010 census. The village is named after Bishop Frederic Baraga.

The village is located in Baraga Township on the L'Anse Bay on Lake Superior at the junction of US 41 and M-38. The Baraga ZIP code 49908 also serves areas of northern and northwestern Baraga Township.

History

Baraga began with the establishment of the Holy Name Mission at this site by Rev. Frederic Baraga in 1843.

The post office opened with the name Bristol on June 29, 1869 and changed to Baraga on May 11, 1870.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.18 square miles (5.65 km2), of which 2.12 square miles (5.49 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,185
1910 1,071 −9.6%
1920 942 −12.0%
1930 1,045 10.9%
1940 1,110 6.2%
1950 942 −15.1%
1960 991 5.2%
1970 1,116 12.6%
1980 1,055 −5.5%
1990 1,231 16.7%
2000 1,285 4.4%
2010 2,053 59.8%
2019 (est.) 1,946 −5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,053 people, 527 households, and 310 families residing in the village. The population density was 968.4 inhabitants per square mile (373.9/km2). There were 580 housing units at an average density of 273.6 per square mile (105.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 44.9% White, 29.4% African American, 22.0% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population. There were 527 households, of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.0% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.2% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the village was 35.7 years. 15.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 40.9% were from 25 to 44; 22.6% were from 45 to 64; and 10% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 68.8% male and 31.2% female.

Transportation

Indian Trails bus lines operates daily intercity bus service between Hancock and Milwaukee with a stop in Baraga.

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