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West Ishpeming, Michigan
Location within Marquette County
Location within Marquette County
West Ishpeming, Michigan is located in Michigan
West Ishpeming, Michigan
West Ishpeming, Michigan
Location in Michigan
West Ishpeming, Michigan is located in the United States
West Ishpeming, Michigan
West Ishpeming, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Marquette
Townships Ishpeming and Tilden
 • Total 3.01 sq mi (7.8 km2)
 • Land 2.96 sq mi (7.7 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.1 km2)
1,440 ft (439 m)
 • Total 2,552
 • Density 862.2/sq mi (332.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49849 (Ishpeming)
Area code(s) 906
FIPS code 26-85700
GNIS feature ID 1616125
Empire & Tilden Iron Mines, MI
West Ishpeming (top left), with the Empire & Tilden Iron Mines, 2013. Landsat 8 photo.

West Ishpeming is an unincorporated community in Marquette County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is also a census-designated place (CDP) for statistical purposes and has no legal status as an incorporated municipality. The population was 2,552 at the 2010 census. The community is located mostly within Ishpeming Township with a small portion extending south into Tilden Township. The city of Ishpeming borders to the east.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), of which 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.64%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,792 people, 1,043 households, and 804 families residing in the community. The population density was 929.4 per square mile (359.3/km2). There were 1,081 housing units at an average density of 359.8 per square mile (139.1/km2). The racial makeup of the community was 98.50% White, 0.18% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.

There were 1,043 households, out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the community, the population was spread out, with 23.1% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the community was $41,758, and the median income for a family was $47,500. Males had a median income of $40,523 versus $22,448 for females. The per capita income for the community was $16,928. About 6.8% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

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