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Charlevoix, Michigan is a dynamic area that has undergone significant change over the last several years. As the area continues to grow, it is necessary to understand these shifts and measure their impacts.

The City of Charlevoix, also known as Charlevoix the Beautiful, is located in Charlevoix County in beautiful northwest Michigan. The City borders picturesque Round Lake, Lake Michigan, and Lake Charlevoix. Charlevoix first became a village in 1871 and was later established as a city in 1905. Charlevoix has a year round population of roughly 2,500 people. The population increases dramatically in the summer months due to tourism and the high number of vacation/seasonal homes. 

Charlevoix County is located in the northern part of the lower peninsula, east of Lake Michigan and traversed by US-31 and US-131. In addition to the mainland, the county includes the Beaver Island group of islands some 25 miles offshore in Lake Michigan. The county is 421 square miles and is the state's third smallest. Lake Charlevoix, the third largest in the state with a surface area of over 17,200 acres, is in Charlevoix County. The county seat is Charlevoix.

The retail and service industries dominate this tourist economy, though there is some manufacturing of automotive stampings, wiring devices, and engineering and scientific instruments. Fisherman's Island State Park and the Mackinaw State Forest occupy much of the land. Skiing, hunting, fishing, and boating are all offered in abundance in the county.

The following links to the right provide complete demographic information, as it exists, for our community.

  Charlevoix County Economic Profile:
  Click here to view the following reports:

  • Charlevoix County Profile, 2014
  • Employment for Charlevoix County, 2015
  • Charlevoix County Census Profile, 2010-2014
  • Top 10 Charlevoix County Employers
  • Charlevoix County State of the Economy, 2015

  Other useful links:

  Regional Planning Organizations: