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Palmer, Michigan
Census-designated place (CDP) & Unincorporated community
Location of Palmer, Michigan
Location of Palmer, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Marquette
Townships Richmond Township
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
 • Land 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,302 ft (397 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 449
 • Density 760.8/sq mi (293.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49871
Area code(s) 906
FIPS code 26-62180
GNIS feature ID 634306
Empire & Tilden Iron Mines, MI
Palmer (right center), with the Empire & Tilden Iron Mines, 2013. Landsat 8 photo.

Palmer is an unincorporated community in Richmond Township, Marquette County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a census-designated place (CDP) for statistical purposes and has no legal status as an incorporated municipality. The CDP population was 449 at the 2000 census.

The Palmer ZIP code is 49871; the area served by the ZIP code is slightly larger than that of the CDP.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all land.


At the 2000 census, there were 449 people, 177 households and 109 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 760.8 per square mile (293.8/km²). There were 193 housing units at an average density of 327.0 per square mile (126.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.44% White, 1.34% Native American, 0.22% Asian, and 2.00% from two or more races.

There were 177 households of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.99.

19.6% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 24.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median household income was $29,063 and the median family income was $38,750. Males had a median income of $36,528 compared with $25,625 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,309. About 6.9% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.


Palmer is flanked by the Empire Mine, run by Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Businesses include Ski's Handy Grocery, Fran's Service and the Cascade Inn. Trewhella's IGA grocery store closed years ago. The radio station WRUP/98.3 changed its CDP of license from Munising to Palmer in 2009, as it targets listeners in Marquette.


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, Palmer has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

Ron Riekki, writer/editor, raised in Palmer and Negaunee, only Palmer resident to receive a Michigan Notable Book selection from the Library of Michigan

Coordinates: 46°26′27″N 87°35′35″W / 46.44083°N 87.59306°W / 46.44083; -87.59306

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