South Range, Michigan

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South Range is a village in Adams Township, Houghton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is about five miles southwest of Houghton on M-26. The population was 727 at the 2000 census. The ZIP code for South Range is 49963.

It is a "cooperating community of the Keweenaw National Historical Park."[1]



South Range was platted in 1902 by the Wheal Kate Mining Company, which operated an unsuccessful copper mine nearby. In 1906 the community tried to incorporate as the town of Stanton, but there was already a Stanton, Michigan, so they incorporated as South Range, because it was at the south end of the Michigan copper range. Italians were the dominant ethnic group in early years.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 727 people, 347 households, and 191 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,821.1 per square mile (701.7/km²). There were 378 housing units at an average density of 946.9/sq mi (364.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.84% White, 2.20% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.14% of the population. 46.4% were of Finnish, 13.8% Italian, 6.2% German and 5.2% French ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 347 households out of which 21.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.7% were non-families. 38.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.78.

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