Marquette MI, the largest town in Michigan’s Upper Penisula is thriving, vibrant town of just over 21,000. It features a vast array of summer and winter recreational opportunities, diverse housing and access to culture and the arts.
Amenities include Northern Michigan University, Marquette General Hospital, a charming downtown with gorgeous architecture, many unique stores and restaurants, newer shopping on the outskirts of town, downhill skiing and a magnificent Lake Superior waterfront.
Marquette appeals to almost age group. It has ranked as 1 of the top 10 best small cities to raise a small family by Forbes and in 2012 CBSNews.com rated as one of the top 10 places to retire.
Marquette County is the largest county in land area in the State of Michigan--3,425 sq.mi.--and, with a population of 67,077 as per the 2010 census, the most populous county in the Michigan Upper Peninsula. The county is named for Father Marquette, a Jesuit missionary, and was created in 1843. The Huron Mountains are located within the county, and to the north is Lake Superior.
Marquette County is mostly rural with the cities of Ishpeming, Marquette, and Negaunee comprising its major metropolitan/urban areas. Th Marquette Area is the largest population center of the Michigan Upper Peninsula with 31,000 residents living across three municipalities: a) the City of Marquette (21,355 population as per the 2010 census), b) Marquette Township, and c) Chocolay Township. With deep roots as a shipping town for the iron ore coming from the west end of the county, the Marquette Area has become the regional hub for retail, restaurants, education, health care, and outdoor recreation. Major employers include the UP Health System--Marquette (1,924 employees), Northern Michigan University (1,152 employees), and Peninsula Medical Center (650 employees).
The Marquette Area in general and the City of Marquette in particular have received considerable recognition over the past few years, including: Top 10 Best Small Cities in America (Nerd Wallet), Top 5 Places to Retire (CNN/Money), Top 20 Towns for Sportsmen (Outdoor Life), 10 Best Small Cities in which to Raise a Family (Forbes), and Number One Place to Bike and Live (Bike Magazine). In 2012, the City of Marquette was listed among the 10 Best Places to Retire in the U.S. by CBS “Money/Watch.”
Transportation: Marquette is served by American Airlines and Delta Airlines out of Sawyer International Airport (KSAW) with daily flghts to Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul. The city has limited freight rail service and a public transit system known as MarqTran, which runs buses through the city and to nearby places such as Sawyer International Airport and the nearby City of Ishpeming.