The city is situated at the southeast corner of Iron River Township, but is administratively autonomous.
The area is noted for its vast forest land, scenic lakes, and winter sports.
There are 876 households out of which 23.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% are married couples living together, 11.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 44.4% are non-families. 40.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 23.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.09 and the average family size is 2.80.
In the city the population is spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 20.8% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 30.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 47 years. For every 100 females there are 81.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 80.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $23,438, and the median income for a family is $33,942. Males have a median income of $28,083 versus $20,714 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,728. 11.9% of the population and 6.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 12.5% of those under the age of 18 and 10.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
| ||US 2 courses west to Ironwood and southeast to Crystal Falls and Iron Mountain.|
| ||M-73 travels southwest to Wisconsin.|
| ||M-189 connects with nearby Caspian before continuing on to Wisconsin.|