Marine City

Marine City, Michigan

Marine City is a city in St. Clair County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Located on the west bank of the St. Clair River, it is one of the cities in the River District. The population was 4,652 at the 2000 census with a projection of 4,446 in 2006. The city features auto ferry service to Ontario, Canada across the river.



The first American settlers arrived in the 1780s and obtained a deed from the Chippewa Indians. French Catholics already had bought land at Catholic Point, where the first Catholic Church was built. The Americans called the community "Yankee Point", because so many settlers came from the Northern Tier of states. They also called it "Belle River" (later the name of a neighborhood) before it was platted as the Village of Newport in 1835-37. Although it never incorporated, it was known as "Newport" for 31 years until the village of Marine City was incorporated in 1865. The village re-incorporated as a city in June 1887.

The second half of the 19th century was the period of great growth in the village, with many workers employed in the lumber and shipping industries. Rafts of lumber would fill the St. Clair River to be worked at Marine City or Detroit. Shipyards built some of the many ships that crossed the Great Lakes. Lake steamers linked passengers with small towns around the lakes. Their decks were full and their flags were flying. Marine City had a park by the river and a gazebo where bands would play in the summer.

As the lumber business ran down, the area became linked to other resource extraction. Ships carried iron from the Mesabi Range to Ashtabula, Ohio for steel. Marine City was where the captains of lake ships lived. Many worked for Pittsburgh Steamship Company, piloting iron ore ships from Duluth, Minnesota, to Ashtabula, Ohio, for instance.


As of the census of 2000, there were 4,652 people, 1,860 households, and 1,212 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,120.8 per square mile (820.2/km²). There were 2,006 housing units at an average density of 914.5/sq mi (353.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.29% White, 0.09% African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.86% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.38% of the population.

There were 1,860 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,146, and the median income for a family was $47,308. Males had a median income of $39,228 versus $23,677 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,722. About 7.6% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and 16.1% of those age 65 or over.


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