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Muskegon is a city in Muskegon County.

It is the county seat.

The community name derives from Algonquian for "swamp"
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Muskegon. For links to other places called Muskegon, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Muskegon is 43.234N. The longitude is -86.248W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 617 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 39,825.


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Median household income
Local
$27,929
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Muskegon demographic reports
Muskegon is on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Muskegon River
Developed as a lumber center after the opening of the first sawmill in 1837
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 332. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 8.4 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Jim Bakker, televangelist
· David C. Leestma, astronaut
· Harry Morgan, actor
· Bennie Oosterbaan, football coach
· Earl Morrall, football player
Local festivals include:
  • Summer Celebration - June 28-July 8, 2007
  • Unity Christian Music Festival - Aug. 9-11, 2007
  • Irish Music Festival - Sept. 14-16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Muskegon web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: West Shore Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Pere Marquette Park, Pioneer Park, Mona Lake Park
Muskegon attractions: Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park
Sports teams: Muskegon Fury (United Hockey League)
Historic sites and museums: Fire Barn Museum, Muskegon County Museum, Muskegon Museum of Art, U.S.S. Silversides and Maritime Museum
Colleges and universities: Baker College of Muskegon, Muskegon Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 96

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Muskegon residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Muskegon ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Muskegon was $14,283, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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9% of Muskegon residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Muskegon, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $361.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $637.


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Libraries in Muskegon include Egelston Branch Library, Hackley Public Library, Norton Shores Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Muskegon include Muskegon Chronicle

TV stations in Muskegon include WTLJ.

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Muskegon County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Muskegon political report.

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The average commute time for Muskegon workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Muskegon between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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