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The 2000 Census showed that Ontonagon County had a population of 7,818 people. This represented 0.08% of the total population of Michigan, making it the state's 81st most populous county (out of 83 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Ontonagon had a population of 6,569 people. This is a decrease of 15.98% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
20106,780-13.28%+3.21% since 2009
20096,569-15.98%-2.32% since 2008
20086,725-13.98%-3.2% since 2007
20076,947-11.14%-1.71% since 2006
20067,068-9.59%-2.19% since 2005
20057,226-7.57%-2.01% since 2004
20047,374-5.68%-1.67% since 2003
20037,499-4.08%-1.73% since 2002
20027,631-2.39%-1.01% since 2001
20017,709-1.39%-1.39% since 2000
20007,818The Last Census

Ontonagon County had 5,404 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Ontonagon County has a total area<3> of 3,741 square miles [9,690 km²]. Of this total, 1,311 square miles [3,396 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (64.9%) being water (2,429 square miles [6,293 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Ontonagon County had a population density of 5.96 people per square mile [2.3 people/km²], making it the state's 82nd most densely populated county (out of 83 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Ontonagon County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Ontonagon and the state of Michigan.

Click here for the Ontonagon County QuickFact (QF-26131).

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Ontonagon County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
GogebicQF-26053   SW15,93617,370-8.26%
HoughtonQF-26061   NE35,33336,016-1.9%
IronQF-26071   SE11,63313,138-11.46%
Cook (MN)QF-27031   NW5,4725,1685.88%
Ashland (WI)QF-55003   W16,18116,866-4.06%

Lake Superior lies to the north.

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Ontonagon. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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