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Marquette County

Marquette County

Marquette County is the largest county by population in the Upper Peninsula, and borders Alger, Baraga, Iron, Menominee, Dickinson and Delta Counties. Home to Northern Michigan University, it has a population of 66,999, as of 2023. Spanning over 1,800 square miles, it also consists of 55 miles of shoreline on Lake Superior.

The county has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. Named after the French Jesuit missionary and explorer, Jacques Marquette, the county was officially established in 1843. The discovery of iron ore in the region during the 1840s sparked significant development, leading to the growth of the city of Marquette as a major port for shipping iron ore. Throughout the 19th century, Marquette County thrived as a center for mining and lumbering. The construction of railroads further boosted its economic growth, facilitating the transportation of natural resources. Over the years, Marquette County has evolved from its industrial roots into a hub for education, healthcare, and tourism, while still preserving its historical heritage.

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Marquette County has a landscape that features a bit of everything: forests, mountains, rivers, downtown city life, as well as over 100 inland lakes! The county is home to parts of the Huron Mountains, one of the oldest mountain ranges in North America, providing rugged terrain that attracts hikers and outdoor enthusiasts year-round, both local and not. Several notable rivers, such as the Dead River and the Carp River, traverse the county, offering excellent opportunities for fishing and kayaking. Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, forms the northern boundary of the county, featuring stunning cliffs, sandy beaches, and crystal-clear waters. The region's rich biodiversity includes wildlife such as black bears, white-tailed deer, moose, and various bird species, making it a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife observers.

Marquette County's economy has diversified significantly from its historical reliance on mining and timber. Today, the county's major industries include healthcare, education, tourism, and retail. Northern Michigan University is a key educational institution that contributes to the local economy and culture, attracting students and faculty from all over the world. The healthcare sector is robust, with facilities like UP Health System - Marquette providing comprehensive medical services. Tourism also plays a vital role, driven by the county's natural beauty, outdoor recreation opportunities, and cultural events. Living in Marquette County offers a blend of small-town charm and modern amenities, with a strong sense of community and access to a wide range of indoor, outdoor and cultural activities. Residents enjoy a high quality and colorful way of life. With a mix of demographics and cultures, as well as incredible real estate, Marquette County is truly a fantastic place to live.

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View our current listings in Marquette County

There are a number of companies that provide utilities throughout Marquette County and below is a list to reference.

City of Marquette Water:

Marquette Board of Light & Power:

Semco Energy Gas Company:

Upper Peninsula Power Company:

We Energies:

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