Port Huron: Economy

In the early years it was the lumber industry that caused the growth of Port Huron. With access to plenty of forests and waterways, the town became the second largest immigration point, behind New York. (Port Huron web)  By 1867 Port Huron had seven lumber mills, and produced 29,706,000 feet of lumber. (A.T. Andreas p. 501) Combined with its fishing and shipbuilding industry Port Huron was able to expand greatly and became the St. Clair county seat. Today Port Huron’s economy is not as bright as it once was. Production in the paper and metal industry make up a large portion of its exports, and tourism from the border traffic is a key component of the services offered. The median per capita income is $18,018 from 2008-2012, which is below the $25,574 average for the state of Michigan. Furthermore, an abysmal 28.1% of people are below the poverty rate which is far below the state average of 16.3%. (U.S. Census 2008-2012)

Port Huron the new St. Clair county capital seat