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East Jordan, Michigan
City of East Jordan
"Where River, Lake, and Friendly People Meet"
Location within Charlevoix County
Location within Charlevoix County
East Jordan, Michigan is located in Michigan
East Jordan, Michigan
East Jordan, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Charlevoix
Incorporated 1887 (village)
1911 (city)
 • Type City commission
 • Total 3.92 sq mi (10.15 km2)
 • Land 3.00 sq mi (7.77 km2)
 • Water 0.92 sq mi (2.38 km2)
646 ft (197 m)
 • Total 2,351
 • Estimate 
 • Density 782.67/sq mi (302.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-24020
GNIS feature ID 0625200

East Jordan is a city in Charlevoix County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,351 at the 2010 census.

The city is at the end of the south arm of Lake Charlevoix, at the mouth of the Jordan River. M-66 connects with US 31 at Charlevoix about 12 miles (19 km) to the northwest and with US 131 at Mancelona, 18 miles (29 km) to the south. M-32 has its western terminus in the city and connects with US 131 about 16 miles (26 km) to the east and with I-75 at Gaylord about 29 miles (47 km) to the east.


East Jordan was founded sometime in the 1870s when a logging mill was built along the Jordan River near the town. There were originally two places; East Jordan itself began with a store built by William F. Empey, a Canadian immigrant, in 1874. There was also a place called South Arm. The two locales merged in 1878. It was incorporated as a village in 1887 and as a city in 1911.

The town grew quickly, and by 1890, it boasted a large ironworks (the East Jordan Iron Works still operates today), a feed mill, and a population of nearly 1000. By the turn of the century, the city was being serviced by two railroads. With these two railroad connections, East Jordan quickly grew into a major manufacturing center. To this day, four industrial corporations still operate within the town.

In 1899, the Detroit and Charlevoix Railroad built their mainline through the East side of the city, and in 1901 the East Jordan and Southern Railway began operations on the western end of the town. With these two railroad connections, East Jordan quickly grew into a major manufacturing center. In 1932, the Detroit and Charlevoix was abandoned, and the East Jordan and Southern followed suit in fall 1961 after the East Jordan Iron Works ended shipping by rail.


East Jordan may be best known as the "Birthplace of EJ". EJ, formerly East Jordan Iron Works, was founded in 1883. The foundry was established on the shores of Lake Charlevoix and originally produced castings for machine parts, ship parts, agricultural parts and railroads. EJ now supplies products to infrastructure projects in over 150 countries across the world.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.96 square miles (10.26 km2), of which 3.05 square miles (7.90 km2) is land and 0.91 square miles (2.36 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, East Jordan has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 731
1900 1,205 64.8%
1910 2,516 108.8%
1920 2,428 −3.5%
1930 1,523 −37.3%
1940 1,725 13.3%
1950 1,779 3.1%
1960 1,919 7.9%
1970 2,041 6.4%
1980 2,185 7.1%
1990 2,240 2.5%
2000 2,507 11.9%
2010 2,351 −6.2%
2019 (est.) 2,261 −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,351 people, 952 households, and 613 families residing in the city. The population density was 770.8 inhabitants per square mile (297.6/km2). There were 1,189 housing units at an average density of 389.8 per square mile (150.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.0% White, 0.2% African American, 1.6% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 952 households, of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.6% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the city was 37.1 years. 27.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

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