Northport, Michigan

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Northport is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 648 at the 2000 census. When Leelanau County was formed in 1863, Northport served as the first county seat from 1863 to 1883.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.3 km²), all land.

Notable residents

Northport has gained fame for being an area where the rich and famous can live quietly and anonymously. In addition to the residents of the exclusive, gated Northport Point, chef Mario Batali lives north of town at Cathead point, and comedian and actor Tim Allen routinely spent summers in Northport until he and his wife divorced.

The second commander of the American Legion, war hero and businessman Frederic W. Galbraith, maintained a summer home in Northport during the 1910s and early 1920s. Future Pulitzer prize winning author Marquis James was among the many prominent guests at his Northport home. (The History of the American Legion" by Marquis James. Pg 192. 1923.)

Places of interest

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Amy Alpaugh House located in Northport in 1947.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 648 people, 272 households, and 174 families residing in the village. The population density was 389.7 per square mile (150.7/km²). There were 391 housing units at an average density of 235.1/sq mi (90.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.14% White, 0.31% African American, 2.16% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.55% of the population.

There were 272 households out of which 21.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.69.

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