Manistee County, Michigan

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Manistee County, Michigan
Map of Michigan highlighting Manistee County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1840, organized in 1855[1]
Seat Manistee
Largest city Manistee
Area
 • Total 1,280.77 sq mi (3,317 km2)
 • Land 543.61 sq mi (1,408 km2)
 • Water 737.16 sq mi (1,909 km2), 57.56%
Population
 • (2010) 24,733
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.manisteecounty.net

Manistee County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,733.[2] The county seat is Manistee.[3] The name "Manistee" is from an Ojibwe word first applied to the principal river of the county.[1] The derivation is not certain,[4] but it may be from ministigweyaa, "river with islands at its mouth".[1][5][6] See also, List of Michigan county name etymologies and Kaministiquia River.

History[edit]

The county was set off in 1840 and organized in 1855.[1]

Historical markers[edit]

There are thirteen recognized Michigan historical markers in the county:[7]

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.

Manistee County elected officials[edit]

(information as of February 2012)

Geography[edit]

  • According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,280.77 square miles (3,317.2 km2), of which 543.61 square miles (1,407.9 km2) (or 42.44%) is land and 737.16 square miles (1,909.2 km2) (or 57.56%) is water.[8]
  • Manistee County-Blacker Airport is approximately three miles (4.8 km) northeast of Manistee.
  • Manistee is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.

Highways[edit]

Cities, villages, and townships[edit]

Cities

Townships

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 975
1870 6,074 523.0%
1880 12,532 106.3%
1890 24,230 93.3%
1900 27,856 15.0%
1910 26,688 −4.2%
1920 20,899 −21.7%
1930 17,409 −16.7%
1940 18,450 6.0%
1950 18,524 0.4%
1960 19,042 2.8%
1970 20,094 5.5%
1980 23,019 14.6%
1990 21,265 −7.6%
2000 24,527 15.3%
2010 24,733 0.8%
Est. 2012 24,672 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2012 Estimate[11]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 24,527 people, 9,860 households, and 6,714 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 14,272 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.16% White, 1.63% Black or African American, 1.30% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.01% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. 2.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.5% were of German, 16.9% Polish, 8.8% English, 8.8% American and 7.1% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.2% spoke English and 2.3% Spanish as their first language.

There were 9,860 households out of which 27.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.90% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 18.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 103.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,208, and the median income for a family was $41,664. Males had a median income of $33,211 versus $20,851 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,204. About 6.90% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.50% of those under age 18 and 7.90% of those age 65 or over.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bibliography on Manistee County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. Retrieved January 20, 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. ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American Place Names of the United States. Norman: Oklahoma University Press, pg. 265
  5. ^ County place names
  6. ^ "Manistee County, Michigan". 50-State Learning Resource Guide. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  7. ^ Michigan Historical Markers
  8. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ M-55 end point photos
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading[edit]

Coordinates: 44°18′N 86°19′W / 44.30°N 86.31°W / 44.30; -86.31