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Lake City, Michigan
City of Lake City
Looking north along Main Street (M-66)
Looking north along Main Street (M-66)
Christmas Tree Capitol
Location within Missaukee County
Location within Missaukee County
Country United States
State Michigan
County Missaukee
Settled 1868
Incorporated 1889 (village)
1932 (city)
 • Type Mayor–council
 • Total 1.05 sq mi (2.71 km2)
 • Land 1.05 sq mi (2.71 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
1,250 ft (381 m)
 • Total 836
 • Estimate 
 • Density 798.66/sq mi (308.36/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-44480
GNIS feature ID 0629968, 1626581

Lake City is a city in and the county seat of Missaukee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 836. Lake City is locally known as the "Christmas Tree Capitol" because of the millions of Christmas trees produced annually.


The community's first settler, Daniel Reeder, build his cabin on Muskrat Lake, now Lake Missaukee, in 1868. On January 22, 1872, Reeder was the name of post office open and the last name of its first postmaster, Daniel. The county selected Reeder by a one-vote margin as the county seat in 1873. The community became a station of the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad. The community was renamed on January 25, 1877 to Lake City. Lake City was incorporated as a village and platted in 1889. The village became a city in 1932.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.05 square miles (2.72 km2), all land. Lake City derives its name from the three inland lakes in or at the edge of the town, which are Lake Missaukee, Lake Sapphire and Crooked Lake. Each is less than a mile from the other.


  • M-55
  • M-66


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 61
1890 663 986.9%
1900 816 23.1%
1910 740 −9.3%
1920 582 −21.4%
1930 610 4.8%
1940 693 13.6%
1950 719 3.8%
1960 718 −0.1%
1970 704 −1.9%
1980 843 19.7%
1990 858 1.8%
2000 923 7.6%
2010 836 −9.4%
2019 (est.) 837 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 836 people, 337 households, and 216 families living in the city. The population density was 796.2 inhabitants per square mile (307.4/km2). There were 489 housing units at an average density of 465.7 per square mile (179.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.2% White, 1.2% African American, 1.7% Native American, 0.7% Asian, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 337 households, of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.9% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the city was 40.5 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.2% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 19.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.


Lake City is served by the Lake City Area Schools district. High school students are served by Lake City High School.

Notable people

  • Albert J. Engel, former politician
  • Albert J. Engel Jr., former judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Bruce Rendon, politician
  • Burt Reynolds, Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe award-winning actor, film and television star
  • James Wieghart, former newspaper editor
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