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 of Commerce. 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 of Commerce 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

American Axle & Manufacturing

392

392

430

425

440

383

Champion, Inc.

354

354

354

354

393

212

MJ Electric

140

169

225

186

198

277

Lake Shore Systems

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 Bank            
First National Bank of Iron Mountain/Kingsford            
First National Bank of Norway            
Flagstar of Michigan Revolving Loan Funds            
Forward Financial Credit Union            
Huntington Bank            
Incredible Bank            
Integra First Federal Credit Union            
Iron Mountain Kingsford Credit Union            
mBank (Niagara)            
Northern Initiatives-Iron Mountain            
Range Bank            
Revolving loan fund available in Kingsford            
U.S. Rural Development            
U.P. State Credit Union            
Upper Peninsula State Bank            
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 of Commerce
600 South Stephenson
Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Ph: (906) 774-2002

Central Upper Peninsula Planning
Development Regional Commission
2415 14th Ave. South
Escanaba, MI 49829
Ph: (906) 786-9234 or 800-562-9828
Email: cuppad@cuppad.org

Northern Michigan University
Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship
1401 Presque Isle Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855
Dr. Tawni Ferrarini
tferrari@nmu.edu