Ogemaw County, Michigan
|Largest city||Skidway Lake|
West Branch (incorporated)
|• Total||575 sq mi (1,490 km2)|
|• Land||563 sq mi (1,460 km2)|
|• Water||11 sq mi (30 km2) 2.0%%|
|• Density||39/sq mi (15/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
The county was originally created by the Michigan Legislature in 1840 from unorganized territory, but was absorbed into Iosco County in 1867. It was re-created in 1873 and finally organized in 1875. The county's name is an Anglicization of the Anishinaabemowin word ogimaa, meaning "chief".
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 563 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (2.0%) is water. Ogemaw County is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.
- I-75 – runs SE across the southwest part of the county. Passes south of West Branch.
- M-30 – enters from Gladwin County at 5.5 miles (8.8 km) east of the SW corner of Ogemaw County. Runs north and NE to intersection with M55 near West Branch.
- M-33 – runs north–south through the middle of county. Passes Rose City.
- M-55 – runs east–west across the lower part of county. enters from Iosco County at 6 miles (9.6 km) north of SE corner of Ogemaw County. Runs west to intersection with I-75, west of West Branch.
National protected area
- Huron National Forest (part)
State protected area
|US Decennial Census|
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 21,645 people, 8,842 households, and 6,189 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km2). There were 15,404 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (11/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.48% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 1.16% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.7% were of German, 12.3% American, 10.2% English, 9.2% Irish, 7.0% French and 6.7% Polish ancestry. 97.9% spoke only English at home.
There were 8,842 households, out of which 27.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.87.
The county population contained 23.50% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 27.00% from 45 to 64, and 18.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,474, and the median income for a family was $34,988. Males had a median income of $31,003 versus $20,544 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,768. About 11.00% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.50% of those under age 18 and 9.90% of those age 65 or over.
Ogemaw County has been reliably Republican. Since 1884, the Republican Party nominee has carried the county vote in 82% of the national presidential elections (28 of 35).
Ogemaw County operates the County jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, records deeds, mortgages, and vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget and has 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.
- Prosecuting Attorney – LaDonna A. Schultz
- Sheriff – Brian D. Gilbert
- County Clerk – Breck Gildner
- County Treasurer – Caren Piglowski
- Register of Deeds – Denise Simmons
- Drain Commissioner – Michael DeMatio
- Commissioner Dist. 1 – Craig Scott
- Commissioner Dist. 2 – Mark Surbrook
- Commissioner Dist. 3 – Ronald Vaughn
- Commissioner Dist. 4 – Brad Neubecker
- Commissioner Dist. 5 – Jenny David
(information as of February 2021)
Other unincorporated communities
- List of Michigan State Historic Sites in Ogemaw County, Michigan
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Ogemaw County, Michigan
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- "Ogemaw County Herald". Ogemaw County Herald. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
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- Ogemaw County MI Google Maps (accessed 15 September 2018)
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- US Election Atlas
- Ogemaw County website
- Ogemaw County Website
- Ogemaw County Herald - Newspaper
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