Munising, Michigan

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Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 2,539. It is the county seat of Alger County[3]. The city is at the northwest corner of Munising Township, but is administratively autonomous.

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Geography

Munising is located on the southern edge of Munising Bay at 46°24′40″N 86°38′52″W / 46.41111°N 86.64778°W / 46.41111; -86.64778, also known as the South Bay of Grand Island Harbor, across from Grand Island around the mouth of the Anna River. It is the primary embarkation point for cruises to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Grand Island National Recreation Area.

The name Munising is derived from the Ojibway language. 'Munissi' means island. 'Munising' means near the island. Grand Island is located one half mile north in Munising Bay.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.1 square miles (23.6 km²), of which, 5.4 square miles (13.9 km²) of it is land and 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²) of it (41.40%) is water.

Munising has many waterfalls including Alger Falls, Munising Falls, Miners Falls

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,539 people, 1,115 households, and 654 families residing in the city. The population density was 474.0 per square mile (182.9/km²). There were 1,249 housing units at an average density of 233.2/sq mi (90.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.74% White, 0.16% African American, 3.51% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population. 13.3% were of French, 12.4% German, 11.0% Finnish, 9.9% Polish, 8.8% Swedish, 7.3% French Canadian and 6.8% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.8% spoke English and 1.6% Spanish as their first language.

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