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Bear Lake is a township in Kalkaska County, in the Traverse City metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Bear Lake. For links to other places called Bear Lake, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Bear Lake is 44.673N. The longitude is -84.908W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,217 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 746.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Bear Lake demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Kalkaska County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 49646 ZIP code.
20% of Bear Lake residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bear Lake ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bear Lake was $17,570, compared with $21,587 nationally.
7% of Bear Lake residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Bear Lake, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $406. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $689.
Kalkaska County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bear Lake political report.
The average commute time for Bear Lake workers is 28 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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