City of Sault Ste. Marie

Chippewa County

City of Sault Ste Marie Portage Osborn West street view of shops along sidewalk

Sault Ste. Marie is known as the city where Michigan was born. Founded in 1668, the city has witnessed more than three centuries of progress from its location on the banks of the St. Marys River. This important waterway, which connects Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes, is a lens through which one can view the region. Since well before its establishment, the Sault Ste. Marie area was a well-frequented Native American encampment used to enjoy the abundance of fish found in the river. In later years, after the establishment of the first Lock in 1855, the river saw the transport of all manner of commodities in the cargo holds of lake freighters and ocean-going vessels. In recent years, the river has seen more than 7,000 annual passages of freighters and other vessels that share the waterway with kayakers, paddlers, and anglers searching for salmon, walleye, and other delicious fish.

City of Sault Ste. Marie Population Trends
Year Population
2021 13,523
2020 13,337
2018 13,552
2017 13,635
2016 13,694
2015 13,772
2014 13,887
2013 14,062
2012 14,187
2011 14,192
2010 14,160