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Data below was compiled from the year 2010 and published in the September 2011 "Community and Economic Profiles for Michigan's Upper Peninsula"; with research provided by Northern Michigan University's Center for Rural Community and Economic Development.  Information in that directory is based on publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as data provided by the State of Michigan, Central Regional Planning Agencies, Chambers of Commerce, and Economic Development Organizations.

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Delta County is situated on the northern shore of Lake Michigan and includes 2 waterfront cities (Escanaba and Gladstone) and 14 unincorporated communities.   Delta County has a strong manufacturing base, averaging nearly 20%.  The county has 211 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 514 miles of rivers / streams, nearly 6,000 acres of inland lakes and ponds, and nearly 310,000 acres of public recreational land; and a land area of 1,170 square miles.   Other facts / features include:

  • Six -18 hole golf courses, 4 of which are ranked amongst top 15 in the Upper Peninsula, plus three-9 hole courses in the county. 
  • Major highways include US-2, US-41, M-35, M-69, and M-183
  • 3 deep-water ports (in Escanaba, Gladstone, and Wells, MI)
  • 2 lighthouses
  • 13 national forest campgrounds
  • 567 campsites
  • 4 bed & breakfast facilities
  • 1,350 hotel / motel rooms
  • 82 miles of hiking, skiing, bike trails
  • 53 miles of snowmobile trails
  • 21 miles of ORV trails
  • 81 miles of scenic highways
  • Upper Peninsula State Fair held each year in mid-August in Escanaba, and the fairground is also home to the Upper Peninsula International Raceway.   The fairgrounds also hosts several trade shows throughout the year.

    The Bays de Noc (Lake Michigan) are carefully managed and protected, and have emerged as one of the best fresh water fishing locations in the United States.  Professional fishing tournaments such as Cabela's Master Walleye Circuit, the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail, the FLW Walleye League Champioinships, the FLW Bass Series and B.A.S.S. Tournament have held professional competitions on the Bays. 

 

Population:

  • 36,559 in Delta County in 2014 
  • Total labor force of 18,392

 

Education:

  • K-12 Schools:   8 Public Districts (7,124 students) / 2 Private Schools (358 students)
  • Bay de Noc Community College (2,230 students) / with 4-year degree offering through Lake Superior State University and M-TEC at Bay College (offering customized business training across the Upper Peninsula

Medical:

  • OSF St. Francis Hospital, located in Escanaba; includes medical center, dialysis center, rehab center, ICU, home health, hospice, cardiac with ER, MRI center, and several rural centers
  • UP Health Systems Marquette, located 65 miles from Escanaba, has medical centers in Delta County - with new 2 story facility constructed in 2011
  • Bellin Health - Escanba clinic with family practioners

Public Safety & Fire Protection:

  • Escanaba Police force (35)
  • Gladstone Police force (11 + volunteers)
  • Delta County Sheriff - located in Escanaba (42)
  • Michigan State Police - located in Gladstone (12)
  • County wide ambulance service available

Major Employers:

Employers that export - (represent 21% employment base)

  • Verso (publishing paper industry) - [ 1,200 employees ]
  • Engineered Machine Products (EMP) - [ 400 ] 
  • Besse Forest Products Group - [ 180 ] 
  • Andex Industries - [ 140 ] 
  • VanAire - [ 75 ] 

Industrial Parks:  3 in Escanaba, 2 in Gladstone, 1 County . . . . . .all with class A roads, municipal water & sewer, natural gas, electric service, telephone, and high-speed cable internet

Other Employers

  • Escanaba / Gladstone schools - [ 690 employed ]
  • Island Resort & Casino - [ 550 ]
  • OSF St. Francis Hospital - [ 850 ]
  • WalMart Supercenter  -[ 375 ]
  • Bay de Noc College - [ 387 ]
  • Marquette Medical Clinic - [ 190 ]
  • City of Escanaba - [ 175 ]
  • Community Action Agency - [ 175 ]
  • Forest Products Industry - [ 326 ]
  • ShopKo (department store) - [ 175 ]

Other:

  • Telecommunications:     ATT / Charter Communications
  • Cable Internet:  Charter Communications
  • Wireless Broadband:  DSTECH
  • Air Service:   Delta County Airport (Escanaba)
  • Daily Air Service:  Fed Ex / UPS / USPS
  • Rail Carriers:  Escanaba & Lake Superior / Canadian National Railway
  • Electrical Utilities:  Escanaba and Gladstone municipal / Upper Peninsula Power Company / WE Energy / Alger-Delta Electric Cooperative 
  • Natural Gas:  DTE Energy
  • Water & Sewer:  Municipal in Escanaba and Gladstone / well & septic in outlying areas
  • Financial:  (6) Full service Banks / (7)  Credit Unions

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