Published September 1, 2002 | September 2002 issue
Overall, the population of the U.P.'s 15 counties grew a scant 1.2 percent. The U.P. bucked the common trend of seeing large counties grow and smaller counties decline. Marquette Countyeasily the UP's most populatedregistered the largest population decline at 9 percent, and the city of Marquette lost almost 11 percent. Meanwhile, six counties posted double-digit gains, only one of which had more than 12,000 people in 2000.
Part of Marquette's population decline was the result of the closure of Sawyer Air Force Basehome to several thousand military personnel and their familiesin 1995. The majority of the U.P.'s 11 cities with more than 5,000 people lost people in the last decade, while population gains were strongest in townships.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau