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Kingsford is a city in Dickinson Countymarker in the U.S. state of Michiganmarker. The population was 5,549 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Iron Mountainmarker, MI–WImarker Micropolitan Statistical Area.

M-95 connects with US 2 and US 141 just a mile or so north in Iron Mountainmarker. The road crosses the Menominee River into Wisconsinmarker where it continues as County Road N in Florence Countymarker.

Geography

Kingsford is located at

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.5 square miles (11.7 km²), of which, 4.3 square miles (11.2 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (4.64%) is water.

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Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,549 people, 2,352 households, and 1,498 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,286.2 per square mile (497.1/km²). There were 2,477 housing units at an average density of 574.1/sq mi (221.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.84% White, 0.22% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.02% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population. 18.6% were of German, 15.9% Italian, 12.7% Swedish, 8.2% English, 7.8% French and 5.8% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,352 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,165, and the median income for a family was $41,283. Males had a median income of $34,280 versus $22,455 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,615. About 9.2% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Some of Kingsford's main sources of work are Grede Foundries and a nearby paper mill, which is located between Kingsford and Norwaymarker.

Neighboring city, Iron Mountainmarker, is home to Pine Mountain Ski Resort, home of one of the largest ski jumps in the world. This site used to host The International Ski Jump Championship, but currently holds The National Ski Jump Championship every February.

Kingsford is also famous for being the home of the first Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant. The towers stood until a few years ago, when they were demolished due to safety issues. The waste from running the plant eventually became America's favorite charcoal, Kingsford Charcoal.

Recreation

There is a lot to do for the residents of Kingsford in the nearby towns of Iron Mountain, Michiganmarker and Aurora, Wisconsin. Activities include camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and a number of different water activities.

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