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Sault Ste. Marie /ˌsuː seɪnt məˈriː/ is a city in, and the county seat of, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is situated on the northeastern end of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the Canada–US border, and separated from its twin city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, by the St. Marys River. The city is relatively isolated from other communities in Michigan and is 346 miles from Detroit. The population was 14,144 at the 2010 census, making it the second most populous city in the Upper Peninsula. By contrast, the Canadian Sault Ste. Marie is much larger, with more than 75,000 residents, based on more extensive industry developed in the 20th century and an economy with closer connections to other communities. Sault Ste. Marie had been settled by Native Americans more than 12,000 years ago and was a crossroads of fishing and trading of tribes around the Great Lakes. It developed as the first European settlement in the region that became the Midwestern United States, when, in 1668, Father Jacques Marquette, a French Jesuit, learned of the Native American village and traveled there to found a Catholic mission. French colonists later established a fur trading post, which attracted trappers and Native Americans on a seasonal basis. Both Métis men and women were active in the trade and among the elite in the community. A fur-trading settlement quickly grew at the crossroads that straddled the banks of the river. It was the center of a trading route of 3,000 miles (4,800 km) that extended from Montreal to the Sault, and from the Sault to the country north of Lake Superior. The settlement was a single community under French colonial and later British colonial rule until 1817. Following the War of 1812, a US–UK Joint Boundary Commission finally fixed the border between the Michigan Territory of the USA and the British Province of Upper Canada to follow the river in this area. Whereas traders had formerly moved through the whole area, the United States forbade Canadian traders from operating in the United States, which much reduced their trade and broke up the cohesion of the economy in the area. The American and Canadian communities of Sault Ste. Marie were each incorporated as independent municipalities toward the end of the nineteenth century. Sault Sainte-Marie in French means "the Rapids of Saint Mary". The Saint Mary's River runs from Lake Superior to Lake Huron; what are now the twin border cities are located on either side. No hyphens are used in the English spelling, which is otherwise identical to the French, but the pronunciations differ. Anglophones say /ˌsuː seɪnt məˈriː/ and Francophones say [so sɛ̃t maʁi]. In both languages, the name is often written Sault Ste. Marie. On both sides of the border, the towns and the general vicinity are called The Sault (usually pronounced /ˈsuː/) or The Soo. The two cities are joined by the International Bridge, which connects Interstate 75 (I-75) in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Huron Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Shipping traffic in the Great Lakes system bypasses the rapids via the American Soo Locks, the world's busiest canal in terms of tonnage passing through it. Smaller recreational and tour boats use the Canadian Sault Ste. Marie Canal. The city's downtown was developed on an island, with the locks to the north and the Sault Ste. Marie Power Canal to the south. People come from around the world to view shipping traffic pass through the locks. The largest ships are 1,000 feet (300 m) long by 105 feet (32 m) wide. These are domestic carriers (called lakers). Too large to transit the Welland Canal that bypasses Niagara Falls, they are land-locked. Foreign ships (termed salties) are smaller and can exit the Great Lakes to the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean. Sault Ste. Marie is the home of the International 500 Snowmobile Race (commonly called the I-500), which takes place annually and draws participants and spectators from all over the U.S. and Canada. The race, which was inspired by the Indianapolis 500, originated in 1969 and has been growing ever since.

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  • Pollution Statistics in Sault Ste. Marie

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    • Air Pollution 32.69 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 65.63 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 34.38 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 35.71 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 39.29 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 43.18 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 64.29 (High)
  • Sault Ste. Marie: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Sault Ste. Marie for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sault Ste. Marie.

    • Burglary and Theft 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 35.71 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 25 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 21.88 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 28.13 (Low)
    • Drug offense 57.14 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.25 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 40.63 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 46.43 (Moderate)
  • Living in Sault Ste. Marie - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 60.97 (High)
    • Climate Index 38.41 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 49.11 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 24.67 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 71.71 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 71.83 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 80.91 (Moderate)
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  • Cost for Essentials in Sault Ste. Marie

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Sault Ste. Marie

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.08 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.03 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 27.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.13 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 35 USD

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