Lake County, Michigan

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Lake County, Michigan
Map of Michigan highlighting Lake County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1830, organized 1871.[1]
Seat Baldwin
Largest village Baldwin
Area
 • Total 574.60 sq mi (1,488 km2)
 • Land 567.44 sq mi (1,470 km2)
 • Water 7.17 sq mi (19 km2), 1.25%
Population
 • (2010) 11,539
 • Density 21/sq mi (8/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Lake County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,539.[2] The county seat is Baldwin.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 574.60 square miles (1,488.2 km2), of which 567.44 square miles (1,469.7 km2) (or 98.75%) is land and 7.17 square miles (18.6 km2) (or 1.25%) is water.[4]

  • The county was set off as Aishcum County in 1830. In 1843 it was renamed Lake, for its many lakes. It was organized in 1871 [1]

Adjacent Counties[edit]

Highways[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 548
1880 3,233 490.0%
1890 6,505 101.2%
1900 4,957 −23.8%
1910 4,939 −0.4%
1920 4,437 −10.2%
1930 4,066 −8.4%
1940 4,798 18.0%
1950 5,257 9.6%
1960 5,338 1.5%
1970 5,661 6.1%
1980 7,711 36.2%
1990 8,583 11.3%
2000 11,333 32.0%
2010 11,539 1.8%
Est. 2012 11,498 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 11,333 people, 4,704 households, and 3,052 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 13,498 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.66% White, 11.17% Black or African American, 1.01% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 2.40% from two or more races. 1.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.0% were of German, 12.6% American, 8.4% Irish, 8.2% English and 6.1% Dutch ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.5% spoke English and 1.3% Spanish as their first language.

There were 4,704 households out of which 23.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.10% were non-families. 29.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the county the population was spread out with 21.90% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 22.70% from 25 to 44, 27.60% from 45 to 64, and 19.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 109.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,622, and the median income for a family was $32,086. Males had a median income of $30,124 versus $21,886 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,457. About 14.70% of families and 19.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.30% of those under age 18 and 12.00% 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.

Lake County elected officials[edit]

(information as of September 2005)

Cities, villages, and townships[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bibliography on Lake County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 43°59′N 85°49′W / 43.99°N 85.81°W / 43.99; -85.81