Port Austin, Michigan

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Port Austin is a village in Huron County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 737 at the 2000 census. The village is within Port Austin Township.



  • According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all land.
  • It is located at the tip of the Thumb of Michigan, which in turn is a subregion of the Flint/Tri-Cities. Port Austin is home to beautiful rock formation along its shoreline, which also has sandy beaches. Nearby is Port Cresent State Park, which has one of Michigan's finest sand beaches.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 737 people, 370 households, and 206 families residing in the village. The population density was 733.7 per square mile (284.6/km²). There were 622 housing units at an average density of 619.2/sq mi (240.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.96% White, 0.27% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

There were 370 households out of which 16.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.3% were non-families. 41.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.94 and the average family size was 2.58.

In the village the population was spread out with 15.5% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 17.9% from 25 to 44, 31.6% from 45 to 64, and 30.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 79.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $29,643, and the median income for a family was $38,000. Males had a median income of $26,875 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,480. About 12.2% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.

The town is an acknowledged fine dining destination. Reputable restaurants include the Bank 1884, the Garfield Inn, and the Farm. The Bank 1884 is a registered Michigan and national historic site.


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