Northport, Michigan

Northport, Michigan
Northport, Michigan
—  Village  —
Location of Northport, Michigan
Coordinates: 45°7′51″N 85°37′0″W / 45.13083°N 85.616667°W / 45.13083; -85.616667
Country United States
State Michigan
County Leelanau
 – Total 1.7 sq mi (4.3 km2)
 – Land 1.7 sq mi (4.3 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 607 ft (185 m)
Population (2000)
 – Total 648
 – Density 389.7/sq mi (150.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49670
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-58740[1]
GNIS feature ID 0633697[2]

Northport is a village in Leelanau Township, Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 648 at the 2000 census. When Leelanau County was formed in 1863, Northport served as the first county seat from 1863 to 1883.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), all land.

Notable residents

Northport has gained fame for being an area where the rich and famous can live quietly and anonymously. According to the Leelanau Visitors Guide: "Chef Mario Batali lives north of town at Cathead point, and comedian and actor Tim Allen routinely spent summers in Northport until his divorce. If investing is your pleasure, you may have heard of Mark Spitznagel, who manages a multi-billion dollar hedge fund. He summers in Northport Pointe, a posh community just outside the village."[3] (Batali's and Spitznagel's Northport home and farm, respectively, both were featured in The New York Times.[4][5])

Speedskater and 2010 Olympic silver medalist Jonathan Kuck regularly vacations with his family at their summer home just outside of Northport. Notable astronaut and NFL star Adam Alington claims Northport as his hometown.

The second commander of the American Legion, war hero and businessman Frederic W. Galbraith, maintained a summer home in Northport during the 1910s and early 1920s. Future Pulitzer prize winning author Marquis James was among the many prominent guests at his Northport home. (The History of the American Legion" by Marquis James. Pg 192. 1923.)

Places of interest

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Amy Alpaugh House located in Northport in 1947.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 648 people, 272 households, and 174 families residing in the village. The population density was 389.7 per square mile (150.7/km²). There were 391 housing units at an average density of 235.1 per square mile (90.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.14% White, 0.31% African American, 2.16% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.55% of the population.

There were 272 households out of which 21.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.69.

In the village the population was spread out with 18.4% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 17.4% from 25 to 44, 28.7% from 45 to 64, and 31.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $40,368, and the median income for a family was $48,750. Males had a median income of $31,042 versus $26,786 for females. The per capita income for the village was $23,786. About 6.7% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Leelanau Visitors Guide 2011.
  4. ^ Conlin, Jennifer. "For Mario Batali, It’s Molto Michigan". The New York Times. August 17, 2007.
  5. ^ Ahmed, Azam. "New Investment Strategy: Preparing for End Times". The New York Times. June 29, 2011.

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Coordinates: 45°07′53″N 85°37′00″W / 45.13139°N 85.6166667°W / 45.13139; -85.6166667

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