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Montague, Michigan
Location of Montague within Muskegon County, Michigan
Location of Montague within Muskegon County, Michigan
Coordinates: 43°25′N 86°21′W / 43.417°N 86.350°W / 43.417; -86.350
Country United States
State Michigan
County Muskegon
 • Total 3.14 sq mi (8.14 km2)
 • Land 2.63 sq mi (6.81 km2)
 • Water 0.52 sq mi (1.33 km2)
636 ft (194 m)
 • Total 2,361
 • Estimate 
 • Density 898.74/sq mi (346.95/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-55100
GNIS feature ID 1620880

Montague is a city in Muskegon County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,361 at the 2010 census. The city is located within Montague Township, but is politically independent.

The Montague ZIP code 49437 also serves all of Montague Township and White River Township, as well as a small portions of Whitehall Township and Blue Lake Township in Muskegon County and parts of Claybanks Township and Grant Township in Oceana County.

History and culture

Noah Ferry, who named the city in honor of his father, William Montague Ferry, founded the city. William Ferry founded the cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg in neighboring Ottawa County. Ferry Church, built in 1874, is named in honor of Noah Ferry, who died fighting for the Union at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

At one time, Ferry Street, also named for the founder, was the main street through town. It was named for him because the city's post office operated on that street following its establishment in 1867, and Ferry was instrumental in getting a post office in the city. Although city hall, the city’s new post office (constructed in 2005), and a handful of businesses still operate on Ferry, Dowling Street has become the city's main route because of its eventual connection to neighboring communities and U.S. Highway 31.

Montague is home to the "World's Largest Working Weathervane" which was constructed in part by local manufacturer Whitehall Metal Studios. The weathervane is topped by the Ella Ellenwood, a lumbering Schooner that frequented White Lake transporting lumber from Montague to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The ship became infamous after it sank in a storm in 1901, and the wooden nameplate of the schooner floated back to the shores of the City of Montague, where it was found in 1902. Many people believed that the boat was coming home, and as a result the ship is frequently associated with the city.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.27 square miles (8.47 km2), of which 2.56 square miles (6.63 km2) is land and 0.71 square miles (1.84 km2) is water.

The city is at the southern end of the Hart-Montague Trail, a paved cycling and multiuse trail which attracts visitors during the warm months to Montague, Hart, and the small towns and businesses in between.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,297
1890 1,623 25.1%
1900 998 −38.5%
1910 942 −5.6%
1920 845 −10.3%
1930 887 5.0%
1940 1,099 23.9%
1950 1,530 39.2%
1960 2,366 54.6%
1970 2,396 1.3%
1980 2,332 −2.7%
1990 2,276 −2.4%
2000 2,407 5.8%
2010 2,361 −1.9%
2019 (est.) 2,361 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,361 people, 1,006 households, and 643 families residing in the city. The population density was 922.3 inhabitants per square mile (356.1/km2). There were 1,182 housing units at an average density of 461.7 per square mile (178.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.0% White, 0.6% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.

There were 1,006 households, of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.5% 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 2.93.

The median age in the city was 39.9 years. 25.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.2% were from 25 to 44; 28.1% were from 45 to 64; and 16.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female.


This climatic region is typified by 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, Montague has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

Notable people

  • Nancy Fleming, Miss America 1961, is from Montague.
  • Ira Flagstead, was an outfielder in Major League Baseball.
  • Joseph D. Leitch, U.S. Army major general
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