Tawas City
Geographical information

Iosco County




United States

Land area

2.1 square miles

Water area

0.4 square mile


591 ft

Demographic information
Population (2000)


Population density

1174.4/sq. mile

Government structure
Community type




Elected officials

Ed Nagy (Mayor)

Other information
Time zone


ZIP Code(s)
  • 48763 (Tawas City)
  • 48764 (P.O. Box only)
Area code(s)


FIPS code


GNIS feature ID


Tawas City is a city in Iosco County, Michigan and serves as the county seat. Located on the northwest side of Tawas Bay, the community sits in the eastern portion of the county.[2] The community is located immediately southwest of East Tawas and about 55 miles south of Alpena.[3] The population was 2,005 during the 2000 census.[4] Additionally, the city is adjacent to Tawas Township, but politically and administratively independent.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, Tawas City has a total area of 2.1 square miles; 0.4 of which is water. The community uses the ZIP code 48763.[5][6] Tawas City has also been allotted 48764 for P.O. Box use only.[7] The city has been assigned the FIPS code 26-78140.[4]


The city of Tawas City sits on the western shore of Tawas Bay, an inlet of the larger Saginaw Bay. Together with East Tawas, the two communities are collectively known as the Tawases, and are connected to southern portions of Michigan by U.S. Highway 23 which parallels the northern Saginaw Bay and northwestern Lake Huron.[3] Due to the location on the eastern shore of lower Michigan, the area is also called the Sunrise Side.[8]


Tawas City is the home to three radio stations, WHST (106.1 FM), WIOS (1480 AM), WKJC (104.7 FM) and WQLB (103.3).

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External linksEdit

PureMichiganTawas City on Pure Michigan, Michigan's official travel site.

Iosco County
County seat: Tawas City — Founded: 1840 as Kanotin; Organized: 1857 — Population: 27,339 (2000)
East Tawas · Tawas City · Whittemore
Charter townships
Au Sable · Oscoda
Civil townships
Alabaster · Baldwin · Burleigh · Grant · Plainfield · Reno · Sherman · Tawas · Wilber
Census-designated places
Au Sable · Oscoda
Other communities
Alabaster · Hale · Long Lake · McIvor · National City · Sand Lake
Neighboring counties
Alcona County (north), Arenac County (southwest), Ogemaw County (west), Oscoda County (northwest)
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