- Petoskey, Michigan
official_name = Petoskey, Michigan
website = http://www.ci.petoskey.mi.us/
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location in the state of
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Emmet
leader_name = Dale E. Meyer
area_total_km2 = 13.5
area_land_km2 = 13.0
area_water_km2 = 0.5
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 6080
population_density_km2 = 467.6
timezone = EST
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_ft = 666
latd = 45 |latm = 22 |lats = 24 |latNS = N
longd = 84 |longm = 57 |longs = 19 |longEW = W
area_total_sq_mi = 5.2
area_land_sq_mi = 5.0
area_water_sq_mi = 0.2
elevation_m = 202
postal_code = 49770
area_code = 231
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 26-63820GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0634731GR|3
Petoskey is a city in the
U.S. stateof Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 6,080. It is the county seatof Emmet CountyGR|6.
Petoskey and the surrounding area are notable for being the setting of several of the Nick Adams stories by
Ernest Hemingway, who spent his childhood summers on nearby Walloon Lake, as well as being the place where for Calliope the protagonist of Jeffrey Eugenides' "Middlesex" life takes a severe and lasting turn.
Petoskey is also famous for a high concentration of
Petoskey stones, the state stone of Michigan. Petoskey is the birthplace of Information Theorist Claude Shannonand Civil War Historian Bruce Cattonand is the boyhood home of singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens.
The name "Petoskey" is said to mean "where the light shines through the clouds" in the language of the Odawa Indians (Little Traverse Bay Band), who are the original inhabitants. But what is verifiable is that the Petoskey stone and the city were named after Chief Ignatius Petosega (1787-1885), who founded the community. Petoskey's father was a French fur trader and his mother was an Odawa (Ottawa) Indian.
This city was the northern terminus of the
Chicago and West Michigan Railway.
Northern Michigan, Petoskey is on the southeast shore of the Little Traverse Bayof Lake Michiganat the mouth of the Bear River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.5 km²), of which, 5.0 square miles (13.0 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (4.02%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 6,080 people, 2,700 households, and 1,447 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,210.9 per square mile (467.6/km²). There were 3,342 housing units at an average density of 665.6/sq mi (257.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.18% White, 0.33% African American, 3.17% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.
There were 2,700 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.4% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 85.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,657, and the median income for a family was $48,168. Males had a median income of $35,875 versus $25,114 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $20,259. About 6.6% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.
* The nearest airports with scheduled passenger service are in
Pellston Regional Airport[ [http://www.pellstonairport.com/ Pellston Regional Airport] ] and Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport.
* Freight rail service to Petoskey is limited and provided by the
Tuscola and Saginaw Bay Railway(TSBY); however, the tracks are owned by the state of Michigan in order to preserve rail service in northern Michigan. Freight traffic includes plastic pellets delivered to a rail/truck transloadfacility for Petoskey Plastics. Occasional passenger excursion trains to Petoskey are operated by Lake Central Rail Tours. Historically, the Northern Arrowand other rail lines provided passenger traffic to Petoskey and Bay View, Michiganfrom as far as Chicagoand Saint Louis, but these were discontinued in the late 20th century.
* The [http://www.ci.petoskey.mi.us City of Petoskey Department of Parks and Recreation] operates a 100-slip marina located in Bayfront Park. The marina offers seasonal and transient slips, gasoline, diesel fuel, boat launch, wireless internet, 30/50 AMP power, water, pump-out, restroom/showers, playground and adjacent park grounds. The Gaslight District is connected to Bayfront Park via a pedestrian tunnel. The marina received designation of a [http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/cmp/index.html "Michigan Clean Marina"] in May of 2007. Reservations may be made via the [http://www.midnrreservations.com State of Michigan DNR Reservation System] .
North Central Michigan College Hope College MIT off-campus study
Petoskey News-Review" http://www.petoskeynews.com/
;Local AM radio:
WLDR(750) - country; simulcast of WLDR-FM Traverse City
WJML(1110) - talk
WMKT(1270) - news/talk (licensed to Charlevoix, studios in Petoskey)
WMBN(1340) - adult standards
;Local FM radio:
WTLI(89.3) - contemporary Christian"Smile FM"
WTCK(90.9) - Catholic religious ( Charlevoix)
WJOG(91.3) - contemporary Christian"Smile FM"
* WTCM (93.5) - country; simulcast of WTCM-FM Traverse City
* W237DA (95.3) - translator of
WFDX-FM Atlanta ( classic hits)
WLXT(96.3) - adult contemporary
* WKLZ (98.9) - classic rock; simulcast of WKLT-FM Kalkaska
* W259AH (99.7) - translator of
WPHN-FM Gaylord (religious)
* WICV (100.9) - classical (
East Jordan); simulcast of WIAA-FM Interlochen
* WCMW (103.9) - CMU
Public Radio( Harbor Springs)
WKHQ(105.9) - CHR/top 40 (licensed to Charlevoix, studios in Petoskey)
WCZW(107.9) - oldies( Charlevoix); simulcast of WCCW-FM Traverse City
* [http://clarke.cmich.edu/localhistory/Emmet.htm Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Bibliography on Emmet County.]
* [http://www.ci.petoskey.mi.us/ City of Petoskey Web Site - information, news, and events]
* [http://www.petoskey.com Petoskey Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.boynecountry.com Boyne & Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau]
* [http://www.petoskeymuseum.org/ Little Traverse History Museum]
* [http://www.petoskeyfestival.com/ Festival on the Bay]
* [http://www.petoskeylibrary.org/ Petoskey Public Library]
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=Petoskey,+MI Google Map of Petoskey, Michigan]
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