Eaton County, Michigan

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Eaton County, Michigan
Eaton County Courthouse.jpg
Eaton County Courthouse
Seal of Eaton County, Michigan
Seal
Map of Michigan highlighting Eaton County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1837[1]
Named for John Eaton
Seat Charlotte
Largest city Charlotte
Area
 • Total 579.02 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 • Land 576.41 sq mi (1,493 km2)
 • Water 2.61 sq mi (7 km2), 0.45%
Population
 • (2010) 107,759
 • Density 179/sq mi (69/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.eatoncounty.org

Eaton County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 107,759.[2] The county seat is Charlotte.[3] The county was organized in 1837 and named for John Eaton, who was Secretary of War under U.S. President Andrew Jackson, making it one of Michigan's Cabinet counties..[1]

Eaton County is included in the Lansing-East Lansing, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 579.02 square miles (1,499.7 km2), of which 576.41 square miles (1,492.9 km2) (or 99.55%) is land and 2.61 square miles (6.8 km2) (or 0.45%) is water.[4]

Geographic features[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Highways[edit]

Airports[edit]

History[edit]

Eaton County was formed in 1837 from open territory. It was named after John H. Eaton, an American Secretary of War.[5] The county is one of the so-called Cabinet counties because it was named after a member of the cabinet of US President Andrew Jackson.[6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,379
1850 7,058 196.7%
1860 16,476 133.4%
1870 25,171 52.8%
1880 31,225 24.1%
1890 32,094 2.8%
1900 31,668 −1.3%
1910 30,499 −3.7%
1920 29,377 −3.7%
1930 31,728 8.0%
1940 34,124 7.6%
1950 40,023 17.3%
1960 49,684 24.1%
1970 68,892 38.7%
1980 88,337 28.2%
1990 92,879 5.1%
2000 103,655 11.6%
2010 107,759 4.0%
Est. 2013 108,348 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[8]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 107,759 people residing in the county. 87.8% were White, 6.3% Black or African American, 1.7% Asian, 0.4% Native American, 1.2% of some other race and 2.6% of two or more races. 4.7% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 22.9% were of German, 12.8% English, 9.3% Irish and 6.8% American ancestry.[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 103,655 people, 40,167 households, and 28,237 families residing in the county. The population density was 180 people per square mile (69/km²). There were 42,118 housing units at an average density of 73 per square mile (28/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.25% White, 5.29% Black or African American, 0.44% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.17% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. 3.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.1% were of German, 13.0% English, 11.2% American and 8.7% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.6% spoke only English, while 2.0% spoke Spanish.

There were 40,167 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.30% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $49,588, and the median income for a family was $57,898. Males had a median income of $41,978 versus $29,638 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,411. About 4.10% of families and 5.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.80% of those under age 18 and 5.90% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

Eaton County elected officials[edit]

(information as of May 2010)

Cities, villages, and townships[edit]

Townships

School districts[edit]

School districts located in Eaton County:


NOTE

  • Village of Dimondale (Holt Public Schools, Holt, Ingham County)
  • Village of Sunfield (Lakewood Public Schools, Lake Odessa, Ionia County)
  • A small portion of northeast Delta Township (Lansing Public Schools, Lansing, Ingham County)
  • Ingham Intermediate School District (Waverly Community Schools, Village of Dimondale, portion of Delta Township)
  • Ionia Intermediate School District (Village of Sunfield)
  • Calhoun Intermediate School District ( Bellevue Community Schools, Olivet Community Schools)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bibliography on Eaton County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 113. 
  6. ^ http://www.eatoncounty.org/About_Us.htm
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder"
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 42°35′N 84°51′W / 42.59°N 84.85°W / 42.59; -84.85