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Rogers City, Michigan
Rogers City Marina on Lake Huron
Rogers City Marina on Lake Huron
Official seal of Rogers City, Michigan
Seal
Location within Presque Isle County
Location within Presque Isle County
Country United States
State Michigan
County Presque Isle
Government
 • Type City council
Area
 • Total 8.36 sq mi (21.65 km2)
 • Land 4.54 sq mi (11.75 km2)
 • Water 3.82 sq mi (9.90 km2)
Elevation
597 ft (182 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,827
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,653
 • Density 585.01/sq mi (225.88/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49779
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-69260
GNIS feature ID 0636115

Rogers City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,827 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Presque Isle County. The city is adjacent to Rogers Township, but is politically independent.

Rogers City is located on Lake Huron and is home to two salmon fishing tournaments. The world's largest open-pit limestone quarry, the Port of Calcite, is located within the city limits and is one of the largest shipping ports on the Great Lakes.

The freighter, SS Carl D. Bradley, home port at Rogers City, sank in Lake Michigan on November 18, 1958. There were two survivors while 33 lost their lives. 26 of the 33 deceased were from Rogers City, with the others from nearby towns. Fiftieth anniversary memorial activities took place in 2008.

Geography

  • According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.34 square miles (21.60 km2), of which 4.52 square miles (11.71 km2) is land and 3.82 square miles (9.89 km2) is water.
  • The city is considered to be part of Northern Michigan. Rogers City is home of the Nautical Festival.

Climate

Climate data for Rogers City, Michigan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 55
(12.8)
60
(15.6)
75
(23.9)
93
(33.9)
95
(35)
100
(37.8)
100
(37.8)
100
(37.8)
95
(35)
87
(30.6)
76
(24.4)
63
(17.2)
100
(37.8)
Average high °F (°C) 27
(-2.8)
29
(-1.7)
37
(2.8)
50
(10)
63
(17.2)
73
(22.8)
78
(25.6)
76
(24.4)
68
(20)
56
(13.3)
43
(6.1)
31
(-0.6)
52.6
(11.44)
Average low °F (°C) 11
(-11.7)
10
(-12.2)
19
(-7.2)
30
(-1.1)
41
(5)
50
(10)
56
(13.3)
55
(12.8)
47
(8.3)
38
(3.3)
29
(-1.7)
18
(-7.8)
33.7
(0.93)
Record low °F (°C) −24
(-31.1)
−37
(-38.3)
−14
(-25.6)
2
(-16.7)
25
(-3.9)
30
(-1.1)
41
(5)
33
(0.6)
29
(-1.7)
20
(-6.7)
4
(-15.6)
−22
(-30)
−37
(-38.3)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.84
(46.7)
1.22
(31)
1.86
(47.2)
2.18
(55.4)
2.55
(64.8)
2.67
(67.8)
2.94
(74.7)
3.68
(93.5)
2.96
(75.2)
2.55
(64.8)
1.99
(50.5)
1.99
(50.5)
28.43
(722.1)

Transportation

Rogers city
Erie Street

Airports

  • Presque Isle County Airport

The nearest commercial airports are Alpena County Regional Airport and Cherry Capital Airport (Traverse City)

Highways

  • US 23

  • Bus. US 23
  • M-68
  • F-21

Bus

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 325
1890 431 32.6%
1900 544 26.2%
1910 705 29.6%
1920 2,109 199.1%
1930 3,278 55.4%
1940 3,072 −6.3%
1950 3,873 26.1%
1960 4,722 21.9%
1970 4,275 −9.5%
1980 3,923 −8.2%
1990 3,642 −7.2%
2000 3,322 −8.8%
2010 2,827 −14.9%
2019 (est.) 2,653 −6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,827 people, 1,328 households, and 800 families residing in the city. The population density was 625.4 inhabitants per square mile (241.5/km2). There were 1,628 housing units at an average density of 360.2 per square mile (139.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.3% White, 0.6% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.7% Asian, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 1,328 households, of which 20.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.8% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 and the average family size was 2.60.

The median age in the city was 51.9 years. 15.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19% were from 25 to 44; 31.4% were from 45 to 64; and 29% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.

Local attractions

Rogers city marina
Harbor
  • Rogers City Municipal Marina has nearly 100 slips, most on floating docks. There is a fishing platform on the east wall for breakwater fishing.
  • P. H. Hoeft State Park has one mile (1.6 km) of sandy shoreline and 301 acres (1.22 km2) on Lake Huron. Hiking trails run through the forest and along the lake. There is a 142 site campground. The day use area has a playground, picnic sites, and a beach. It was one of the fourteen original Michigan state parks, and the land was donated by lumber baron Paul H. Hoeft on January 2, 1922. It is a 'four season park' offering camping even in the winter.
  • Presque Isle County Historical Museum
  • A list and link for state historical markers is at Presque Isle County.

Local events

  • Memorial Day Weekend Open House including Afternoon of Arts & Crafts at Forty Mile Point Light
  • Presque Isle County Fair, Millersburg, Michigan, last weekend in June
  • Rogers City Nautical Festival, first complete weekend in August
  • Rogers City Salmon Tournament, second weekend in August
  • Posen Potato Festival, Posen, Michigan, first weekend in September
  • Annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival—Four days in second week in October, Forty Mile Point Open For Tours All Four Days

Economy

The northeast corner of Michigan has an industrial base. Rogers City is the locale of the world's largest limestone quarry and the world's largest limestone processing plant, which is also used in steel making all along the Great Lakes. Water transport has been formative to the economy. This ties to the world's largest cement plant, which is in Alpena to the south. Both of these landmarks are recognized by historical markers.

Education

Public schools in Rogers City consist of an elementary school (K-5) and Middle/High School (6-12). The wrestling, cross country, bowling, volleyball, baseball, football, and softball teams all have a reputation for being successful. Ex: Annual State competitors; Softball, Bowling, Wrestling, Cross Country and Baseball.

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