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.
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As of the census 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
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.