Baraga, Michigan

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Baraga (pronounced /ˈbærəɡə/ BARR-ə-gə) is a village in Baraga County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,285 at the 2000 census. The village is named after Bishop Frederic Baraga.

The village is located in Baraga Township on the L'Anse Bay on Lake Superior at the junction of US 41 and M-38. The Baraga ZIP code 49908 also serves areas of northern and northwestern Baraga Township.[3] The post office opened with the name Bristol on June 29, 1869 and changed to Baraga on May 11, 1870.[4]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.32%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,285 people, 544 households, and 326 families residing in the village. The population density was 569.6 per square mile (219.5/km²). There were 605 housing units at an average density of 268.2/sq mi (103.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 68.79% White, 0.16% African American, 23.97% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 6.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.86% of the population. 25.5% were of Finnish, 9.9% French, 9.2% German and 6.3% French Canadian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 544 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.03.

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