Ossineke is an unincorporated community in Sanborn Township, Alpena County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a census-designated place (CDP) used for statistical purposes. The population was 938 at the 2010 census. The community is located several miles south of Alpena on U.S. Highway 23. The name is derived from the Anishinaabe word (either the Ojibwa or the Ottawa)
zhingaabewasiniigigaabawaad, meaning “Where the image stones stood”, though the modern Anishinaabe name for the place is asiniike, meaning “to quarry”.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.5 km), of which 0.012 square miles (0.03 km), or 0.30%, is water. Ossineke is part of Northern Michigan.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,059 people, 416 households, and 306 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 287.8 per square mile (111.1/km²). There were 516 housing units at an average density of 140.2 per square mile (54.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.49% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.19% of the population.
There were 416 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,667, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $19,464 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,519. About 12.1% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under age 18 and 15.0% of those age 65 or over.