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Boyne City, Michigan
City of Boyne City
Looking east along Water Street
Looking east along Water Street
"Where Life Meets Lake"
Location within Charlevoix County
Location within Charlevoix County
Boyne City, Michigan is located in Michigan
Boyne City, Michigan
Boyne City, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Charlevoix
Settled 1856
Incorporated 1885 (village)
1907 (city)
 • Type City commission
 • Total 5.34 sq mi (13.84 km2)
 • Land 3.99 sq mi (10.34 km2)
 • Water 1.35 sq mi (3.50 km2)
594 ft (181 m)
 • Total 3,735
 • Estimate 
 • Density 934.35/sq mi (360.76/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-09820
GNIS feature ID 0621826

Boyne City is a city in Charlevoix County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,735 at the 2010 census.

Boyne City is at the southeast end of the east arm of Lake Charlevoix, where the Boyne River enters the lake. It is at the corners of four townships, though it is politically independent: Evangeline Township is to the northwest, Melrose Township to the northeast, Boyne Valley Township to the southeast, and Wilson Township to the southwest.

M-75 connects with US 131 twice, once at Walloon Lake about 6 miles (9.7 km) to the northeast and again at Boyne Falls about 6 miles (9.7 km) to the southeast. County roads run west out of the city along the north and south shores of Lake Charlevoix.


Boyne was first settled in 1856 and was given a post office in 1869. An inn was established here in 1879. Boyne was made a village in 1885. The name was changed to Boyne City in 1904 and it was incorporated as a city in 1907.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.42 square miles (14.04 km2), of which 4.06 square miles (10.52 km2) is land and 1.36 square miles (3.52 km2) is water.


This climatic region has 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, Boyne City has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 450
1900 912 102.7%
1910 5,218 472.1%
1920 4,284 −17.9%
1930 2,650 −38.1%
1940 2,904 9.6%
1950 3,028 4.3%
1960 2,797 −7.6%
1970 2,969 6.1%
1980 3,348 12.8%
1990 3,478 3.9%
2000 3,503 0.7%
2010 3,735 6.6%
2019 (est.) 3,729 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 3,735 people, 1,635 households, and 1,011 families living in the city. The population density was 920.0 inhabitants per square mile (355.2/km2). There were 2,292 housing units at an average density of 564.5 per square mile (218.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 0.4% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 1,635 households, of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.2% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age in the city was 41.9 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.6% were from 25 to 44; 29% were from 45 to 64; and 16.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

Notable residents

  • Charles Archibald Nichols (1876–1920), United States Congressman

See also

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