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This article is about the town; for the type of rock, see Petoskey Stone.
Petoskey and the surrounding area are notable for being the setting of several of the Nick Adams stories by Ernest Hemingway, who spent his childhood summers on nearby Walloon Lake , as well as for a high concentration of Petoskey stones, the state stone of Michigan. Petoskey is also the birthplace of Information Theorist Claude Shannon and Civil War Historian Bruce Catton.
U.S. Highway 31 connects with Michigan State Highway 66 in Charlevoix, 16 miles to the west. Interstate 75 is 23 miles to the east, via Michigan State Highway 68 off US 31. Mackinaw City and the Mackinac Bridge are 37 miles north via US 31. Michigan State Highway 119 , accessible off US 31 four miles east at Bay View, continues around the north side of Little Traverse Bay and then on Lake Michigan to Cross Village. United States Highway 131 has its northern terminus in the city.
Petoskey is on the southeast shore of the Little Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Bear River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.5 km² (5.2 mi²). 13.0 km² (5.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 4.02% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 6,080 people, 2,700 households, and 1,447 families residing in the city. The population density is 467.6/km² (1,210.9/mi²). There are 3,342 housing units at an average density of 257.0/km² (665.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 94.18% White, 0.33% African American, 3.17% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. 1.17% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 2,700 households out of which 27.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% are married couples living together, 11.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 46.4% are non-families. 39.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.14 and the average family size is 2.89.
In the city the population is spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 85.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 81.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $33,657, and the median income for a family is $48,168. Males have a median income of $35,875 versus $25,114 for females. The per capita income for the city is $20,259. 12.0% of the population and 6.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 8.6% of those under the age of 18 and 8.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Emphasys Software is a local company located in Petoskey that provides software for Public Housing Authorities.
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