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.
e county is named for Father Marquette, a Jesuit missionary, and was created in 1843. e 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. e 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).
e 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.”