Community & Economic Profile

The Community Profile is an economic snapshot of demographics, labor force, major employers, and government community development resources in Dickinson County. Information is based on publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and data provided by the State of Michigan, U.P. Regional Planning Agencies, and the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance. This data can be used to monitor local economic conditions and trends, provide an economic profile for new, existing and prospective businesses, and identify new and existing consumption, savings, investment and giving opportunities for future growth and development within and across the county.

Research was provided by Northern Michigan University’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship. Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, Ph.D., Northern Michigan University’s Sam M. Cohodas Professor and Hannah Kratz, Sam M. Cohodas Assistant, 2012 NMU B.A. economics. The Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance also assisted in providing research.

Dickinson County Demographics (updated July 2016)
Labor Force

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total Labor Force

13,876

13,529

13,307

13,218

12,406

13797

Employed

12,361

12,319

12,281

12,172

11,297

12170

Unemployment Rate

10.9%

8.9%

7.7%

7.9%

8.50%

5.20%

Source: www.bls.gov
Education and Training (Enrollment) Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Public School Districts (Total):

4,029

3,910

3,820

3,746

3,528

3691

Breitung Township Schools

1,689

1,676

1,672

1,727

1,679

1792

Iron Mountain Public Schools

1,239

1,180

1,115

1,003

816

893

Norway Vulcan Area Schools

784

749

732

720

732

730

North Dickinson School

317

305

301

296

301

276

8,058

7,820

7,640

7,492

7,056

7382

3 Private Schools (Total)

204

210

214

213

214

214

Bishop Baraga Catholic Schools

129

126

108

108

108

128

Holy Spirit Central School

59

74

98

97

98

77

Pine Mountain Christian School

16

10

8

8

8

9

Source: www.michigan.gov/cepi

College and Universities

Fall 2010

Fall 2011

Fall 2012

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Northern Michigan University

9,417

9,405

9,159

8,879

8,918

8303

Michigan Technological University

6,976

7,034

6,947

6,979

7,100

7242

Bay de Noc Comm. College

2,820

2,743

2,442

2,305

2,811

1853

Workforce Development
Michigan Works! The Job Force Board
Northern Initiatives
Health Care and Emergency Services
Bellin Health Clinic
Dickinson Healthcare Systems – 98 Beds
Michigan-Wisconsin Pysicians
U.P. Health Clinic
Veterans Administration Hospital – 57 Beds
Public Safety and Fire Personnel
Ambulance
Beacon Ambulance Service
Faithorn Rescue Squad
Fire Departments
North Alert Ambulance
Climate (Averages)

High (°F)

Low (°F)

Summer

78

53

Winter

27

5

Major Employers that Export                  (# Employed EOY)

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Northern Star Industries

425

525

570

715

788

474

Boss Snowplow/Toro

310

Verso

475

475

443

475

550

483

Grede Foundries

392

392

430

425

440

383

Champion, Inc.

354

354

354

354

393

212

MJ Electric

140

169

225

186

198

277

Oldenburg Group, Inc.

175

175

75

175

145

77

LP Corporation

146

146

150

150

150

152

2107

2236

2247

2480

2664

2368

Other Employers (# Employed)

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Dickinson Health Care System

615

615

785

715

798

912

Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital

420

510

673

654

500

686

Breitung Township Schools

223

140

157

131

200

177

Iron Mountain Schools

150

130

115

110

125

86

US Special Delivery

110

110

93

110

110

87

Coleman Engineering

94

94

55

94

96

97

Great American Disposal/Loadmaster

70

70

60

70

30

62

CCI Systems, Inc.

291

306

306

Kiser Hydro

100

50

33

Financial Services
First Merit
mBank (First National Bank of Niagara, WI)
First National Bank of Iron Mountain/Kingsford
First National Bank of Norway
Forward Financial Credit Union
Iron Mountain Kingsford Credit Union
North Country Bank
Northern Initiatives-Iron Mountain
Northern Michigan Bank and Trust
Norway Community Credit Union
Range Bank
Revolving loan fund available in Kingsford
River Valley Bank
U.S. Rural Development
U.P. State Credit Union
Upper Peninsula State Bank
Wells Fargo of Michigan Revolving Loan Funds
Wisconsin Bank and Trust
Industrial and Commercial
(# of Establishments)

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Retail Trade

139

138

135

129

129

125

Health care and social assistance

112

114

115

119

116

104

Construction

124

110

111

102

1

91

Accommodation and food services

84

83

84

80

95

75

Other services, except public administration

86

85

82

81

78

77

Professional and technical services

58

55

56

57

56

58

Wholesale trade

53

51

51

50

49

49

Transportation and warehousing

54

55

51

50

49

34

Manufacturing

53

50

48

45

42

43

Finance and insurance

40

39

39

40

38

36

Administrative and waste services

35

34

32

31

31

27

Real estate and rental and leasing

22

21

22

23

24

26

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

18

18

17

14

14

13

Educational services

17

17

17

16

18

10

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

16

15

15

16

17

20

Information

15

13

13

11

12

10

Utilities

3

3

3

4

4

4

Management of companies and enterprises

1

1

1

1

1

1

Source: www.data.bls.gov

Industrial Parks
Breitung Charter Township (added in 2011)
Class A Roads, Municipal Water and Sewer, Natural Gas, Electric,
Iron Mountain
Kingsford (added in 2011)
Norway
Norway-Vulcan
Telephone, High Speed Cable Internet available at all parks. Rail lines to some.
Media
Newspapers:
The Advertiser
The Daily News
The Norway Current
Television:
TV6 News (Iron Mountain Bureau)
Radio Stations:
Northern Star Broadcasting, 93.1 and 94.3
Results Broasdcasting, WJNR 101.5, WOBE 100.7, WHTO 106.7
Sovereign Communications, WMIQ 1450
Telecommunicaitons
Local:
AT&T
Niagara Telephone
Cellular:
AT&T
CenturyLink
Niagara Telephone (added in 2011)
Verizon
Cable Internet:
Charter Communications
U.P. Logon.com
Northside TV Corporation
Internet:
CCI Systems
U.P. Net
Government
Dickinson County Government Directory
Public Records
Transportation
Air Service:
Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. (United Express)
Northwestern Charter Services by Superior Aviatior
Skywest Airlines (added in 2011)
Superior Aviation (added in 2011)
Railroads:
Escanaba and Lake Superior
Canadian National Railway
Ports:
Escanaba (Lake Michigan)
Marquette (Lake Superior)
Major Highways
US-2, US-8, US-141, M-69, M-95
Nearest Central Cities Miles
Green Bay, WI

97

Milwaukee, WI

180

Madison, WI

263

Chicago, IL

310

Minneapolis, MN

320

Lansing, MI

420

Detroit, MI

480

Utilities
Electricity:
City of Norway
WE Energies
Natural Gas:
Constellation Energy Services
DTE Energy
Waste Disposal:
Great American Disposal and Recycling
Cultural and Recreational
Friends of the Braumart
Out to Lunch Organization
Pine Mountain Music Festival
Community Performing Arts
Dickinson County Council for the Arts
Norway-Vulcan Fine Arts
Pine Mountain Music Jam
Pine Mountain Ski Jumping
Camping, Hiking, Biking, Snowmobiling, Skiing, ORV trails,
Bed and Breakfasts, Hotel/Motel rooms, Fishing, and miles of lakes and scenic highways
Census

2000

2010

%Change

Population

27,474

26,168

-4.8%

Land Area:

777 Square miles

Contact Information
Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Northern Michigan University
600 South Stephenson, Development Regional Commission Center for Economic Education
Iron Mountain, MI 49801 2415 14th Ave. South & Entrepreneurship
Ph: (906) 774-2002 Escanaba, MI 49829 1401 Presque Isle Ave.
Ph: (906) 786-9234 or 800-562-9828 Marquette, MI 49855
Email: cuppad@cuppad.org Dr. Tawni Ferrarini
tferrari@nmu.edu