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Port Austin truly is a destination. Located at the tip of Michigan's Thumb, where the sun rises and sets over sandy beaches, endlessly blue waters, and vibrant rural landscapes, lies the picturesque town of Port Austin, Michigan. Here you will find unique rock formations among a wide array of other exciting attractions. Art continues to become a rising star in the community with boundless opportunities to buy, create, share, and enjoy.

Water sports, fishing, hiking, shopping and dining are popular activities shared amongst residents and visitors alike. Gift shops, a top rated farmer's market, and pop-up shops offer a shopping experience unlike any other. There are also a variety of parks, campgrounds, and accommodations available to visitors and affordable real estate opportunities for those who desire to stay a little a longer.

If you’re picking up what we’re laying down, keep reading. We have more for you to peruse at your leisure.


Population data


As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 664 people, 338 households, and 168 families residing in the village. The population density was 644.7 inhabitants per square mile (248.9/km2). There were 724 housing units at an average density of 702.9 per square mile (271.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.1% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.6% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 338 households of which 16.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.7% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.3% were non-families. 43.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.91 and the average family size was 2.59.

The median age in the village was 55.4 years. 14.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.1% were from 25 to 44; 34.8% were from 45 to 64; and 30.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.


Age of Residents

Gender Makeup


Beyond the population

Population growth in the spring, summer and fall seasons continues to see exponential growth. In the summer months the population has been known to triple overnight. Port Austin contains a number of state and county parks with sizable campgrounds, as well as a vast number of summer cottages and second homes. Campers, hikers, hunters, fishermen, bird-watchers, boaters, and water sports enthusiasts, frequent the Port Austin area throughout the seasons. And let’s not forget about the good-old-fashioned tourists! As the art scene continues to expand it also draws an ever-increasing number of new audiences and artists to the area.

On it’s own Port Austin has a very strong and vibrant population, but if that’s not enough to get your attention the city of Bad Axe, the largest city in the upper-Thumb, is only 17 miles south of Port Austin, further expanding your reach. Year round residents consist of a large number of families and retirees ready to test out your latest concoctions.

Properties Available


A quick snapshot of available downtown properties

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What makes Port Austin Special?

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Unique features of Port Austin

Travel West on M-25 and find the shoreline dotted with parks, beaches and recreational facilities. Turn East and visit historic areas such as Grindstone City and harbor, the restored lumber town museum of Huron City, and Lighthouse County Park featuring historic Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse. Regardless of which direction you turn you can find something fun and exciting to do or see.

Recently, the area’s Barn Art Projects have received regional attention with a feature in Under The Radar Michigan in episode number 912, “The Barn Project Port Austin.”Also featured was Grindestone General Store; only a stones throw away in a unique hamlet just east of Port Austin.

In addition to the spectacular displays of art in and around the community the area offers ample opportunities to experience live music. An annual free festival centered completely around music (Porch Fest in Port Austin) continues to thrive from year to year, drawing in large numbers of musicians and audiences from around the country. Local establishments line up artists to perform every weekend from May to October, and the Port Austin Farmers Market hosts a variety of artists at Live On Stage! Art… Music… Do we have your attention?

The Port Austin Farmers Market has been featured as one of the state’s top ten farmers markets and offers a vast array of vendors and events. The pop-up shops on the Village Green, can be found smack-dab in the middle of the farmers market on Saturday mornings and afternoons throughout the season, and being located in the heart of downtown Port Austin, doesn’t hurt either. This location offers budding entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to sell their wares in a space that won’t break the bank while providing droves of shoppers before, during, and after the popular farmers market. Quaint shops line the streets with a variety of both the fanciful and functional.

Dining here in the Port Austin Area has been known to get regional attention at places like The Bank 1884 and The Farm Restaurant, and offers a great number of opportunities for entrepreneurs and hungry/thirsty travelers alike. The area boasts a lively backyard beer garden called PAK’s Backyard which offers hungry/thirsty kayakers, music buffs, and beach-goers a waterfront haven to have a good time. Walk the sidewalks and you will find a number of other open doors to step into and forget about the real world for a little while.

We could go on and on, but really you ought to experience it for yourself. Port Austin, like many of the communities on the Forgotten Coast have a lot to offer a craft beverage maker like you. You’re important here!


What about water?

Learn more about Port Austin’s water availability and their waste water treatment process by clicking the button below.

Community Projects & Developments


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