Iron County


Iron County is located in the west central region of the Upper Peninsula and borders Wisconsin to the south. Geographically,it is the fourth largest in the state by square miles. Primary sectors of the economy include forestry, tourism and long-time key manufacturers all centered around the bountiful resources within the county. These resources include northern hardwood and pine forests, numerous lakes, rivers, and streams and a dedicated workforce. The county boasts an economic development-friendly environment with a variety of incentives to businesses for creating new jobs in safe clean communities.


Census 2010 2015 % Change
Population  11,817 11,348 -3.97%


Labor Force



Total Labor Force 5,265 5,319
Employed 4,911 5,022
Unemployment 6.70% 5.6%


Major Manufacturers
(# Employed)



Lake Shore Systems, Inc. (Previously Oldenburg Group) 129 125
Krist Oil Co. 73 137
Connor-AGA Sports Flooring 129 125
Lester Detterbeck Enterprises 22 22
Magiglide Inc 18 21
Dina Mia Kitchens Inc 14 14
Northeastern Products Corp 16 25
John’s Industries, Inc 20 20


Other Major Employers
(# Employed)



Iron County Medical Facility 344 368
NORTHSTAR Health System 271 279
Ski Brule 150 150
West Iron County Public Schools 100 96
Angeli Foods Co 102 103
Aramark 103 103
Forest Park School District 53 52
Iron River Care Center 71 71
Global Response North Corp. 44 44
Riverside Bar & Pizzeria 14 14


Education & Training

K-12 Schools (Enrollment)



Forest Park District 435 438
West Iron District 850 856
Total 1,285 1,294

Colleges & Universities

Bay de Noc (Located in Iron Mountain)
Gogebic Community College (Located in Ironwood)



Amasa Community, Crystal Falls Community, West Iron District, Porter School Library and Resource Center


Work Force Development Agencies

UPWARD Talent Council Michigan Works!


Healthcare & Emergency Services

Aspirus Iron River, Dickinson-Iron District Health Department, Iron County Medical Care Facility, Iron River Care Center, Marquette Medical Clinic, Northpoint Behavioral Health Care, Victorian Heights Assisted Living



Marquette Medical Clinic, Iron County Internal Medicine, Northpointe Behavioral Health Care


Basic Nursing Facilities

Iron River Care Center, Iron County Medical Care Facility


Assisted Living

Victorian Heights Assisted Living



Greater Iron County EMS/Marquette GHS, NORTHSTAR Health System


Law Enforcement

Sheriff Department, Michigan State Police, Department of Natural Resources, City of Caspian Police,
City of Crystal Falls Police, Iron River Police, UPSET


Climate (Average Temperatures)

High (ºF)

Low (ºF)

Summer 79 52
Winter 22 1
Snowfall 85 inches annually

Average Precipitation (inches)

Annual 2010

Snow 78
Rain 32
Growing Season 84



Iron County Government Directory, Public Records, Iron County Chamber of Commerce


Tax-free Sites

The Crystal Falls Industrial Park is designated as a Renaissance Zone
Tax Abatements & Incentives available in Iron River and Caspian as Core
Communities & under Brownfield laws. Other communities by project.


Financial Services

First National Bank of Crystal Falls, Wells Fargo, Citizens Bank, Miners State Bank – Iron River, CoVantage Credit Union, Iron County Revolving Loan Fund,Superior Iron Range Community Federal CU


Industrial and Commercial
(# of Establishments)



Construction 51 49
Retail Trade 50 52
Professional and technical services 31 33
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 16 18
Healthcare and social assistance 22 22
Manufacturing 13 12
Finance and insurance 13 13
Transportation and warehousing 20 21
Real estate and rental and leasing 15 13
Wholesale trade 11 11
Administrative and waste services 12 11
Information 8 2
Arts, entertainment and recreation 6 7
Utilities 4 5
Management of companies and enterprises 2 2


Industrial Parks

Crystal Falls, Caspian, Iron River, Amasa Industrial Development District



Motor Carrier:UP Special Delivery
Air Service: Commercial Carriers through the Ford Airport in Iron Mountain
Airlines: United Airlines, Skywest Airlines
Bus Lines: Indian Trails (Iron River/Crystal Falls only)


Main Highways

US-2, US-141, M-69, M-73, M-189, Forest Route 16



Local: AT&T
Cellular: AT&T, Verizon
Communications: WIKB Radio 99.1 FM, 1230 AM, Iron County Reporter Iron Mountain Daily News
ISPs:,,, Iron River Co-op T.V., Fast Air Internet



Electricity: U.P. Power Company, We Energies, City of Crystal Falls
Natural Gas: DTE EnergyWater
Water: Municipal, Private Wells
Waste Disposal: Waste Management



Iron County Chamber of Commerce
Groomed Snowmobile Trails 250 Miles
Blue Ribbon Trout Streams 4
Lakes 150+


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