For a Better Upper Peninsula


Northern Michigan University has created the Center for Rural Community and Economic Development as a way to bring public, private and non-profit together for a better U.P.  Learn more


News and Highlights
Call for Project Proposal 
The Center for Rural Community and Economic Development  call for research project proposals for the 2012-2013 academic year has closed. Thank you to the participating applicants.  Program details.
Exporting the UP
NMU's Media Meet podcast features Michele Dugree, an NMU 2006 alum of Art and Design and owner of Revisions Design, Chris Bosio, International Trade Manager of the MEDC Export Office, and Tawni Ferrarini, Sam M. Cohodas Professor. Media Meet podcast


Contact Us

Center for Rural Community and Economic Development
204 Jacobetti Center
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855

Quick Upper Peninsula Facts
Kayakers on SuperiorThe following are quick facts about the people of the Upper Peninsula.
  • Counties: 15
  • Cities: 26 (information obtained from county)
  • Townships: 149
  • Total population: 309,737 (2007 census estimate)
  • Average age of resident: 40.7 (2005 census)
  • Average household income: $34,834 (2005 census)

County-by-county data

NMU's Impact on the U.P. Economy

Students walking on a downtown streetNMU has a rich history with the Upper Peninsula. Its economic impact has been seen directly and indirectly. The 2012 Economic Impact Report is available to view in full or to view the summary.