Dickinson County


Dickinson County is located in the south-central Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and is considered one of the industrial hubs of northern Michigan. Its strong industrial base is further complemented by recreational opportunities that supply a steady stream of tourism to the area.


Census 2010 2015 % Change
Population  26,268 26,097 -0.27%


Labor Force



Total Labor Force 12,082 12,531
Employed 12,114 11,940
Unemployment 5.40% 4.7%



Major Employers That Export
(# Employed)



Northern Star Industries 474 513
Verso 483 500
Grede Foundries 383 363
Champion, Inc 212 294
MU Electric 277 295
LP Corporation 152 146



Other Employers
(# Employed)



Dickinson Health Care System 912 861
Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital 686 585
Breitung Township Schools 177 172
Iron Mountain Schools 186 262
US Special Delivery 87 88
Coleman Engineering 62 100
Great American Disposal/Loadmaster 62 175
CCI Systems, Inc. 306 306
Kiser Hydro 33 10
Kubick Aviation Services, Inc. & U.P. North Airways 12 12


Education & Training


4 Public Schools (Enrollment)

Iron Mountain Public Schools 863
Breitung Township Schools 1,805
Norway Vulcan Area Schools 714
North Dickinson School 276
Public Total 3,662

3 Private Schools

Pine Mountain Christian School 14
Holy Spirit Central School 79
Bishop Baraga Catholic Schools 131
Private Total 224

Colleges & Universities (Enrollment)

Bay de Noc Community College (Iron Mountain) 710
Provides customized training for UP businesses in addition to 2 and 4- year degrees in partnership with other universities


Northern Michigan University (Located in Marquette)
Michigan Technological University (Located in Houghton)


Workforce Development Agencies

Michigan Works! The Job Force Board


Healthcare & Emergency Services

Dickinson Healthcare Systems, Veterans Administration Hospital, Bellin Health Clinic, Michigan-Wisconsin Physicians, U.P. Health Clinic

Public Safety and Fire Personnel: Fire Departments, Ambulance, Beacon Ambulance Service,
Faithorn Rescue Squad


Climate (Average Temperatures)

High (ºF)

Low (ºF)

Summer 78 53
Winter 27 5
Snowfall 129 inches annually



Dickinson County Government Directory, Public Records


Financial Services

First National Bank of Iron Mountain/Kingsford, First National Bank of Norway, Iron Mountain Kingsford Credit Union, M Bank, North Country Bank, Norway Community Credit Union, Republic Bank, Wells Fargo of Michigan Revolving Loan Funds, Revolving loan fund available in Kingsford, U.S. Rural Development


Industrial and Commercial
(# of Establishments)



Retail Trade 125 123
Construction 91 85
Healthcare and social assistance 104 110
Other services, except public administration 77 77
Accommodation and food services 75 72
Professional and technical services 58 55
Manufacturing 43 44
Wholesale trade 49 49
Transportation and warehousing 34 45
Finance and insurance 36 40
Administrative and waste services 27 24
Real estate and rental and leasing 26 28
Arts, entertainment, and recreation 13 15
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 20 23
Information 10 11
Educational services 10 19
Utilities 4 4
Management of companies and enterprises 1 1


Industrial Parks

Bretung Charter Township (added in 2011), Iron Mountain, Kingsford (added in 2011), Norway, Norway-Vulcan Class A Roads, Municipal Water and Sewer, Natural Gas, Electric, Telephone, High Speed Cable Internet available at all parks. Rail lines to some.



Air Service: (United Express), Northwestern Charter Services by Superior Aviatior, Skywest Airlines (added in 2011), Superior Aviation (added in 2011)
Railroads: Escanaba and Lake Superior, Canadian National Railway
Ports: Escanaba (Lake Michigan), Marquette (Lake Superior)


Main Highways

US-2, US-8, US-141, M-69, M-95


Nearest Central Cities (Miles)

Green Bay, WI 129 Madison, WI 263
Chicago, IL 310



Local: AT&T, Niagara Telephone
Cellular: AT&T, CenturyLink, Niagara Telephone (added in 2011)
Cable Internet: Charter Communications, U.P. Logon.com
Internet: U.P. Net



Newspapers: The Daily News, The Advertiser, The Norway Current
Television: TV6 News (Iron Mountain Bureau)
Radio Stations: Northern Star Broadcasting, 93.1 and 94.3 WJNR 101.5, WOBE 100.7, WMIQ 107



Electricity: City of Norway, We Energies
Natural Gas: DTE Energy
Waste Disposal: Great American Disposal and Recycling
Water and Sewer: Municipal – Iron Mountain and Norway, well and septic


Cultural & Recreational Opportunities

Pine Mountain Music Festival
Pine Mountain Music Jam
Dickinson County Council for the Arts
Community Performing Arts
Norway-Vulcan Fine Arts
Pine Mountain Ski Jumping
Camping, Hiking, Biking, Snowmobiling, Skiing, ORV trails, Bed and Breakfasts,
Hotel/Motel rooms, Fishing, and miles of lakes and scenic highways

Complete listing of events, statistics, maps, locations, and facilities can be
found at www.dickinsoncountymi.gov.