Mason County, Michigan

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Mason County, Michigan
Mason County courthouse clock tower.jpg
Mason County Courthouse
Map of Michigan highlighting Mason County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1840, organized 1855[1]
Named for Stevens T. Mason
Seat Ludington
Largest city Ludington
Area
 • Total 1,241.86 sq mi (3,216 km2)
 • Land 495.17 sq mi (1,282 km2)
 • Water 746.70 sq mi (1,934 km2), 60.13%
Population
 • (2010) 28,705
 • Density 57/sq mi (22/km²)
Congressional districts 1st, 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.masoncounty.net

Mason County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,705.[2] The county seat is Ludington.[3]

Mason County comprises the Ludington, MI Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The county is named for Stevens T. Mason, Governor of Michigan. It was set off in 1840 as Notipekago, but its name was changed in 1843. The county was organized in 1855.[1]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,241.86 square miles (3,216.4 km2), of which 495.17 square miles (1,282.5 km2) (or 39.87%) is land and 746.70 square miles (1,933.9 km2) (or 60.13%) is water.[4]

Highways[edit]

  • US 10
  • US 31

  • BUS US 31 is a spur route running along Pere Marquette Highway east of Ludington.
  • M‑116 serves as access to Ludington State Park

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 93
1860 831 793.5%
1870 3,263 292.7%
1880 10,065 208.5%
1890 16,385 62.8%
1900 18,885 15.3%
1910 21,832 15.6%
1920 19,831 −9.2%
1930 18,756 −5.4%
1940 19,378 3.3%
1950 20,474 5.7%
1960 21,929 7.1%
1970 22,612 3.1%
1980 26,365 16.6%
1990 25,537 −3.1%
2000 28,274 10.7%
2010 28,705 1.5%
Est. 2012 28,680 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 28,274 people, 11,406 households, and 7,881 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 16,063 housing units at an average density of 32 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.84% White, 0.73% Black or African American, 0.78% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.82% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. 3.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.5% were of German, 10.4% Polish, 8.8% English, 8.5% Irish, 7.7% American and 5.0% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.0% spoke English and 2.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 11,406 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 25.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,704, and the median income for a family was $41,654. Males had a median income of $33,873 versus $22,616 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,713. About 8.20% of families and 11.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.50% of those under age 18 and 7.00% 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.

Mason County elected officials[edit]

(information as of Jan 2013)

Cities, villages, and townships[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Townships[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bibliography on Mason 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. ^ "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. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°01′N 86°30′W / 44.02°N 86.50°W / 44.02; -86.50