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City of Ludington

  •   State: 
    Mason County
      County FIPS: 
    43°57′25″N 86°26′40″W
      Area total: 
    3.61 sq mi (9.34 km²)
      Area land: 
    3.36 sq mi (8.70 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.25 sq mi (0.63 km²)
    591 ft (180 m)
    1847; Settled 1847; Incorporated 1873
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Ludington, MI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Ludington, Mason County, Michigan, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,278.27 residents per square mile of area (879.56/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Ludington is the largest city and county seat of Mason County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,076. In 2005, as ranked by AAA, Ludington was the fifth-most-popular tourist city in Michigan, behind Mackinaw City, Traverse City, Muskegon, and Sault Ste. Marie. The city hosts one of the largest Gus Macker basketball tournaments (with 35,500 spectators), the Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival (July 4), the Lakestride Half Marathon in June, and the West Shore Art League's Art Fair. Ludington is also the home port of the SS Badger, a vehicle and passenger ferry with daily service in the summer across Lake Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. In 1675, Father Jacques Marquette, French missionary and explorer, died and was laid to rest near the modern site of Ludington. In 1845, Burr Caswell moved to the area near the mouth of the Pere Marquette River as a location for trapping and fishing. In July 1847, when he brought his family to live there, they became the first permanent residents of European ancestry. The area boom in the late 19th century was due to these sawmills and also the discovery of salt deposits. By 1892, 162 million board feet (382,000 cubic metres) of lumber and 52 million wood shingles had been produced.


Ludington is a town in Mason County, Wisconsin. It was named after industrialist James Ludington, whose logging operations the village developed around. In 1875, the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad (F&PM) began cross-lake shipping operations with the sidewheel steamer SS John Sherman. By the mid-1950s, Ludington had become the largest car ferry port in the world. Currently only one carferry, the SS Badger, makes regular trips across the lake from Ludington. A team of the same name currently plays "old time base ball" in historical reenactments of the original version of the game. The Ludington Mariners minor league baseball team was founded in the late 1910s and early 1920s. The team is now based at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where they play in the Midwest Championship Series against the Wisconsin Dells and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlesnakes. They are currently playing their first game of the season against the Dells on Saturday, September 14. The game is scheduled to begin at 7pm.


The Ludington North Breakwall Light is at the end of the north pierhead on Lake Michigan. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.70 square miles (9.58 km²) The city is part of the Northern Michigan region of the United States. The city of Ludington is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan and the Upper peninsula of Michigan. It has a population of 3,788. The town is located at the intersection of the Michigan Turnpike and the Michigan State Highway System. It is the only city in Northern Michigan to have a post office. It also has a hospital, the Ludington Medical Center, which was built in the early 1900s. It was the first hospital in the state, opening in 1903. The hospital was built on the site of a former sawmill. It closed in the 1950s and was replaced by a new hospital, which opened in the 1960s. Ludington was also the first city in the area to have its own post office, opening on July 1, 1957. It now has a police station and a fire department. It had a population 1,856 in the 2010 Census. It's located on the banks of the Grand River, which flows into Lake Michigan, and has a pier on the north side of the lake. The lake has a surface of 4.3 square miles, of which 3.37 square miles is land.


Ludington has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) bordering on the hot-summer subtype Dfa seen further south in Michigan. Winters are cold and snowy, and summers too are moderated by Lake Michigan, with the record below 100 °F (38 °C). The town has a population of 2,000. The town is located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the Upper Great Lakes region of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located in the state's Upper Peninsula, near the city of Ludington, and the town's population is 1,200. The city's climate is very similar to the rest of Michigan, and is humid continental in climate. It also has a very cold winters, with a record low of -10°F (0°C) in the winter. It has a hot summer, with temperatures reaching up to 30 °C (91 °F) in July and August. The record high for July is 30  °C (86  °F), set in 2007, and set in 2008. The temperature record for August is 30 °C, set in 2009. The highest temperature for July was 30 C (88 °F) on July 31, 2007. The lowest temperature for August was 30 °F, set on July 30, 2007, in Ludington. The warmest month is July 28, 2008, when the temperature reached 30 F (8 C).


All four highways in Mason County go through, or near Ludington. US 10 / LMCT Spur enters the city from the east, connecting with Clare, Midland and Bay City. US 31 is a section of the former US 31 along Pere Marquette Highway east of the city. M-116 is a spur route providing access to Ludington State Park. USBR 20 / USBR 35 both run through Ludington; USBR20 ends at the SS Badger. The city is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, where the Badger provides carferry service to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. It is also on the shore of the Wisconsin River, which runs through the city and across the Wisconsin Dells. The town has a population of about 2,000 people, with the majority of its residents living in the town of Ludington and its surrounding areas. It has a post office with the ZIP code of 51501. It also has a hospital with the same name, which was built in the 19th century. It was the first hospital in the U.S. to be built in a major city, opening in 1875. The hospital was the last to be completed in 1883. It closed in the 1970s, when it was replaced by the University of Wisconsin-Ludington Medical Center. It reopened in the 1980s. It remains a major hospital today, with a new, more modern, hospital on the corner of the hospital's campus.


As of the 2010 census, there were 8,076 people, 3,549 households, and 2,004 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 92.2% White, 1.1% African American,1.4% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 2.0% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. There were 4,432 housing units at an average density of 1,315.1 per square mile (507.8/km²) The city's median income was $28,089, and the median income for a family was $36,333. About 12.9% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.7% of those under age 18 and 8.0%. The city has a population of 8,357, with 45% male and 54% female, according to the 2000 census. The city is located on the U.S. Census Bureau's Mid-Mississippi River Delta Statistical Area, which includes parts of Mississippi, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The U.N. World Health Organization estimates the city's population at 8,715, with 1.3 million people. The population of the U-S. State of Mississippi is 8,816, with 2,814 people. It is the largest state in the state, followed by Mississippi, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Mississippi.


Ludington is home to the Ludington Pumped Storage Power Plant. The Fitch Four Drive Tractor Company was founded in Ludington. Whitehall Industries, a division of the UACJ group, has three manufacturing facilities in town. FloraCraft, Great Lakes Castings, and Brill are also three big factories there. The town has a population of about 2,000 people, with most of its residents working in the manufacturing industry.


Ludington's teams are known as the "Orioles" Students attend Ludington Elementary School, O.J. DeJonge Middle School (grades 6-8), and Ludington High School (grades 9-12) Ludington is home to the U.S. Army National Guard, which is based in Ludington. Ludington has a population of about 2,000 people. The town is located on the shores of Lake Ludington, a lake that was formed in the early 1900s. The lake was named after Ludington's first postmaster, who died in the town's early 20th century. The Ludington area has a history of being rich in gold and silver, as well as silver and bronze. The city also has a rich history of mining, with the Ludington Gold Mining Company dating back to the early 1800s. It is the site of the first school in the area, which was built in 1805. The current Ludington Area School District was founded in 1855. The school district has three schools: Ludington elementary, middle, and high school. It also has an extension school, Ludington Middle School, which opened in the 1950s, and an extension high school in 1959. The high school was established in the 1970s, which now has a enrollment of about 1,000 students. The district has a tradition of sending its students to the local college, which began in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, the high school added a middle school and a high school to the district.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Ludington, Mason County, Michigan = 35.1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 47. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 30. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Ludington = 3.3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 7,655 individuals with a median age of 40.6 age the population dropped by -0.55% in Ludington, Mason County, Michigan population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,278.27 residents per square mile of area (879.56/km²). There are average 2.19 people per household in the 3,731 households with an average household income of $29,932 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 12.80% of the available work force and has dropped -4.63% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 17.94%. The number of physicians in Ludington per 100,000 population = 182.8.


The annual rainfall in Ludington = 32.6 inches and the annual snowfall = 84.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 111. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 166. 80 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 16.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 50, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Ludington, Mason County, Michigan which are owned by the occupant = 50.19%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 59 years with median home cost = $86,030 and home appreciation of -3.66%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $11.62 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $6,125 per student. There are 19.9 students for each teacher in the school. 6096.26% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 11.25% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.78% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Ludington's population in Mason County, Michigan of 7,166 residents in 1900 has increased 1,07-fold to 7,655 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 54.22% female residents and 45.78% male residents live in Ludington, Mason County, Michigan.

    As of 2020 in Ludington, Mason County, Michigan are married and the remaining 47.39% are single population.

  • 12.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Ludington require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    81.21% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 8.18% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.83% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.08% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Ludington, Mason County, Michigan, 50.19% are owner-occupied homes, another 36.47% are rented apartments, and the remaining 13.34% are vacant.

  • The 37.15% of the population in Ludington, Mason County, Michigan who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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