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L'Anse, Michigan

Downtown L'Anse at River and Main Street
Downtown L'Anse at River and Main Street
Location within Baraga County
Location within Baraga County
L'Anse, Michigan is located in Michigan
L'Anse, Michigan
L'Anse, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Baraga
Township L'Anse
 • Total 2.55 sq mi (6.60 km2)
 • Land 2.55 sq mi (6.59 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
620 ft (189 m)
 • Total 2,011
 • Estimate 
 • Density 723.49/sq mi (279.31/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EST)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 906
FIPS code 26-45540
GNIS feature ID 629897

L'Anse ( lahnss, Ojibwe: Gichi-Wiikwedong) is a village in northwest Michigan, United States, and the county seat of Baraga County. The population was 2,011 at the 2010 census. The village is located within L'Anse Township.


This area was long occupied by people of the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwa (Chippewa). Their village was recorded in the 17th century by French explorers. Later colonists established a fur trading post here and a Jesuit mission, naming it L'Anse. In French, L'Anse translates as "the cove," referring to its location on Keweenaw Bay, at the base of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Following treaties with the United States in the 19th century, the Ojibwa/Chippewa ceded extensive amounts of land in Michigan. The L'Anse Indian Reservation was established by the US here as the largest and the oldest in Michigan.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.53 square miles (6.55 km2), all of it land.


  • US 41 runs through the southernmost portion of the village.
  • M-38 begins in the Village of Baraga, across the bay from L'Anse.
  • The bus line Indian Trails operates daily intercity bus service between Hancock, Michigan, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a stop in L'Anse.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,014
1890 655 −35.4%
1900 620 −5.3%
1910 708 14.2%
1920 1,013 43.1%
1930 2,421 139.0%
1940 2,564 5.9%
1950 2,376 −7.3%
1960 2,397 0.9%
1970 2,538 5.9%
1980 2,500 −1.5%
1990 2,151 −14.0%
2000 2,107 −2.0%
2010 2,011 −4.6%
2019 (est.) 1,842 −8.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 2,011 people, 874 households and 502 families living in the village. The population density was 794.9 inhabitants per square mile (306.9/km2). There were 988 housing units at an average density of 390.5 per square mile (150.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 88.7% White, 1.4% African American, 5.0% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 4.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 874 households, of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.6% were non-families. 37.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age was 41.7 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 21.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

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