is an unincorporated community
in the U.S. state
. It is the county seat
of Oscoda County
and is situated along the boundary between Mentor Township
on the east and Big Creek Township
on the west.
Mio is a Census-designated place (CDP) used for statistical purposes, but has no legal status as an incorporated municipality. As of the 2000 census, the CDP population was 2,016.
The name of the community is pronounced "MY-oh" (with a long "i" sound), not "ME-oh." The town was founded in 1881, and was originally called “Mioe”, in honor of the wife of town founder, Henry Deyarmond. Other founders are Colige Comins, Reirlo Fosdick, and John Randall.
On July 13
, the temperature in Mio climbed to 112°F (44°C), the highest temperature ever recorded in Michigan.
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the CDP has a total area of 8.1 square miles
), of which, 7.5 square miles (19.3 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.7 km²) of it (8.01%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,016 people, 826 households, and 537 families residing in the CDP. The population density
was 270.1 per square mile (104.3/km²). There were 1,191 housing units at an average density of 159.6/sq mi (61.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.83% White
, 0.15% African American
, 0.55% Native American
, 0.10% Asian
, 0.25% from other races
, and 2.13% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.44% of the population.
There were 826 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $26,831, and the median income for a family was $31,379. Males had a median income of $29,542 versus $20,927 for females. The per capita income for the community was $13,064. About 13.9% of families and 21.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.3% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.
Local attractions and activities
The community is centered in the Huron National Forest
along the Au Sable River
. Wildlife are nearby, including bear, deer, eagles, Kirtland's Warblers
, and turkeys. Local attractions and activities include:
- Amish Community with Stores and Bakeries
- Boating, Paddling (canoe and kayak)
- Fishing, particularly trout fishing.
- Kirtland Warbler Habitat and Festival The Kirtland's Warbler has its habitat in the area. There is a Kirtland's Warbler Festival, which is sponsored in part by Kirtland Community College.
- Mennonite Relief Expo & Fair
- Michigan Shore to Shore Riding & Hiking Trail passes through Mio. It runs from Empire to Oscoda, and points north and south. It is a 500 mile interconnected system of trails.
- Nordic skiing
- ORV, motor cycle and groomed snowmobile trails.
- Steiner's Museum of pioneer artifacts is in nearby Fairview
- The Michigan Au Sable Valley Railroad is located in Fairview. It is 1/4 scale 16 gauge railroad, that offers rides on a passenger train through the scenic Northern Michigan landscape. It operates in jack pine country during the summer months. Riders travel through parts of the Huron National Forest and overlook the beautiful Comins Creek Valley.
- Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Shrine
Local recurring events
There are many recurring local events.
- First Dam Canoe Race (MCRA - Canoe Race)
- Mennonite relief sale
- Michigan Magazine Craft Show
- Mio Mud Bogs & Drags
- Nor Easter Folk Music Festival
- Outdoor Sportsmens Expo
- Oscoda County Fair & Forestry Exposition
There are two historical markers in Mio.
- Mio Hydroelectric Plant was built in 1916 on the lower Au Sable River. William W. Tefft, a Consumers Power civil and hydraulic engineer invented and patented the so-called "conduit spillway", which channels excessive flow through channels built into the plant. This was the first plant to use it, and it is cheaper than other forms of spillways.
- Oscoda County Courthouse was built in 1888