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Ontonagon is a quiet little town, and it’s getting quieter.
There are three funerals for every birth in this Lake Superior shore village of about 1,500 and the surrounding county of the same name. The number of children birth through age 9 in the western Upper Peninsula county plummeted 32 percent just since 2010.
“We’re Mayberry,” said Jan Tucker, referring to the quintessential television small town. “But we’re Mayberry without children.”
Ontonagon may be Ground Zero for Michigan’s baby bust, but it’s far from alone.