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Situated in central Sanilac County, Sandusky is in the Blue Water Area of the Thumb Region of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

Sanilac Road and Sandusky Road intersect near the center of the city. M-46 runs concurrently with Sanilac Road as it runs east-west through the city, while M-19 enters the city from the south along with Sandusky Road, then turns west to run concurrently with Sanilac Road, while Sandusky Road continues north.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Sandusky include Carsonville, Peck, Deckerville, Applegate, Port Sanilac, Kingston, Melvin, Marlette, Croswell, Yale, Brown City, Minden City, Clifford, and Ubly, while the unincorporated communities of Elmer, McGregor, Snover, and Juhl are situated within ten miles.

Although Sandusky is not a large city, its population has increased each census year, except for 2010, when there was a slight decrease. The city's population is under three thousand.

Arthur Carlson is acknowledged as the first European-American settler in Sandusky. Wildman Mills, a lumberman, came to the area in 1870 and became a large local landowner. He platted a village and named it for his hometown of Sandusky, Ohio. On January 25, 1879, a post office was established, with Oscar Mills as postmaster. That same year, the county seat was moved from Lexington to Sandusky.

Sandusky was incorporated as a village in 1885. On February 19, 1889, its name was changed to Sanilac Centre, for its location in the county, but it was renamed Sandusky on July 24, 1905, when it was incorporated as a city.

Due to its marshy landscape, Sandusky developed slowly. In 1911, the railroad came to Sandusky. At one time, the city was served by two railroads. The Pere Marquette Railroad operated a branch line from Poland, near Carsonville, while the Detroit, Bay City & Western Railroad's line between Bay City and Port Huron came through the city, as well. Rail had a short-lived success with passengers, however, as automobiles were gaining in popularity by that time. The railroad did serve to haul hay and sugar beets to market.

Given that there is no highway access to the interstate highway system, and no major port or airport nearby, attracting industry to Sandusky is difficult. Nevertheless, the city is home to several commercial businesses and medical facilities. Approximately thirty-five percent of the total land area in the city is zoned commercial, whereas only eight percent is industrial.

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