Harbor Beach is the largest city on the Thumb’s sunrise side and the second largest city in Huron County. This lakeside community is often recognized for its large harbor, lighthouse, and industry, but there are many other elements that makes Harbor Beach the unique hub it is.


Population data


As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,703 people, 774 households, and 454 families residing in the city. The population density was 973.1 inhabitants per square mile (375.7/km2). There were 975 housing units at an average density of 557.1 per square mile (215.1/km2). 

There were 774 households of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.3% were non-families. 37.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.2% 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 2.80.


Age of Residents

Gender Makeup


Beyond the population

Harbor Beach is home to several major employers with many employees who commute to the city each day for work. They don't show in the statistics, but they are in the city often and are part of the market. The city also has done vast work on their beach and trail system, creating a new draw for tourists in the area. While Harbor Beach is more of an "all the time" place, they do get a good amount of tourism as well. 

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What makes Harbor Beach Special?

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Unique features of Harbor Beach


What about water?

Learn more about the city of Harbor Beach’s water availability and their waste water treatment plant by clicking the button below.

Community Projects & Developments

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Pier & Park Revitalization

The Waterfront Enhancement Project is currently underway and it's making some exciting changes to the city's bottomlands which once housed a United States Coast Guard Station.

The project will create vehicle access and parking to a newly constructed 540' pier jetting out into Lake Huron. Another project is set to restore two old Coast Guard structures, one being a garage and the other a cupola off the top of the old Coast Guard Station. The garage will serve as a museum, class room, and meeting place. The projects will open an entire new area for recreational activity and natural resource access such as lake access below the surface, bird watching, fishing, kayak and boating, and scuba diving in the harbor and further out in the lake. 

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Trail System Expansion

Harbor Beach has a number of bike-pedestrian paths, with more set to be built in the coming months and years. Harbor View Trail, pictured above, is a two-mile long trail connecting the campground, marina, beach, and the community's business district, and is set to encompass even more of the area's harbor, including the new Waterfront Enhancement Project, in the city's next phase of trail expansions.


Shoreline Revitalization

The city of Harbor Beach has been committed to rehabilitating the shoreline and its adjacent properties to better suit the community and its visitors. In addition the Waterfront Enhancement Project and trail expansion, the city is invested in cleaning up wooded lots, trimming trees and improving the overall appearance of the shoreline. 


Coal Plant Decommission

The Detroit Edison coal plant was shuttered in favor of renewable energy sources in the area. The process of demolition and cleanup has begun and will be completed in the coming years, freeing up a large section of lakefront property for new uses.


New Structures & Placemaking Efforts

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Bathrooms at Lincoln Park

Year round event pavillion at North Park Campground

Pavillion at Water Works Park

Harbor View Cottages at Water Works Park

Gazebo on the Backus Nature Trail