Ontonagon County, Michigan

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Ontonagon County, Michigan
OntonagonCourthouse.jpg
Map of Michigan highlighting Ontonagon County
Location in the U.S. state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded March 9, 1843
1848 organized[1] [2]
Seat Ontonagon
Largest village Ontonagon
Area
 • Total 3,741 sq mi (9,689 km2)
 • Land 1,311 sq mi (3,395 km2)
 • Water 2,430 sq mi (6,294 km2), 65%
Population
 • (2010) 6,780
 • Density 5.2/sq mi (2.0/km2)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC−5/−4
Website http://ontonagoncounty.org/
Native copper from Ontonagon County.

Ontonagon County (/ˌɒntəˈnɑːɡən/ ON-tə-NAH-gən) is a county in the Upper peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,780,[3] making it Michigan's third-least populous county. The county seat is Ontonagon.[1][4] The county was set off in 1843, and organized in 1848.[1] Its territory had been organized as part of Chippewa and Mackinac counties. With increasing population in the area, more counties were organized. After Ontonagon was organized, it was split to create Gogebic County.[1][5]

The county is named after the Ontonagon River. The name is said to be derived from an Ojibwe language word Nondon-organ, meaning "hunting river."[1] A French transliteration, Nantounagon, identified the river on a 1670 French map. Alternatively, it is said to be derived from the Ojibwa onagon, which means "dish" or "bowl."[6] See List of Michigan county name etymologies.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,741 square miles (9,690 km2), of which 1,311 square miles (3,400 km2) is land and 2,430 square miles (6,300 km2) (65%) is water.[7] It is the third-largest county in Michigan by area.

At a longitude of 89.5°W, it is the westernmost county in the United States contained entirely within the Eastern Time Zone.

Geographic features[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Airport[edit]

Ontonagon County Airport (KOGM) serves the county and surrounding communities.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850389
18604,5681,074.3%
18702,845−37.7%
18802,565−9.8%
18903,75646.4%
19006,19765.0%
19108,65039.6%
192012,42843.7%
193011,114−10.6%
194011,3592.2%
195010,282−9.5%
196010,5842.9%
197010,548−0.3%
19809,861−6.5%
19908,854−10.2%
20007,818−11.7%
20106,780−13.3%
Est. 20165,911[8]−12.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2013[3]

The 2010 United States Census[13] indicates Ontonagon County had a population of 6,780. This is a decrease of 1038 people from the 2000 United States Census. This is a -13.3% change in population. In 2010 there were 3,258 households and 1,954 families residing in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 5,672 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). 97.3% of the population were White, 1.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Black or African American, 0.1% of some other race and 1.3% of two or more races. 0.9% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

There were 3,258 households out of which 15.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.61.

In the county, the population was spread out with 15.8% under the age of 18, 4.1% from 18 to 24, 16.7% from 25 to 44, 37.0% from 45 to 64, and 26.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52.7 years. The population is 51.6% male and 48.4% female.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,786, and the median income for a family was $46,845. The per capita income for the county was $22,195. About 9.0% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.2% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 60.2% 2,066 34.3% 1,176 5.6% 191
2012 53.9% 1,906 44.8% 1,586 1.3% 47
2008 46.9% 1,823 50.6% 1,966 2.5% 96
2004 54.0% 2,262 44.4% 1,863 1.6% 67
2000 59.6% 2,472 36.5% 1,514 4.0% 165
1996 35.9% 1,523 49.0% 2,080 15.2% 644
1992 30.8% 1,463 51.7% 2,451 17.5% 831
1988 44.3% 2,023 55.2% 2,517 0.5% 22
1984 51.0% 2,464 48.6% 2,350 0.5% 22
1980 49.0% 2,569 45.3% 2,375 5.8% 304
1976 43.9% 2,462 55.4% 3,104 0.7% 41
1972 57.5% 3,040 40.5% 2,140 2.0% 106
1968 45.7% 2,290 49.2% 2,462 5.1% 257
1964 32.2% 1,658 67.7% 3,485 0.1% 7
1960 50.6% 2,620 49.3% 2,553 0.0% 2
1956 57.7% 2,976 42.2% 2,175 0.1% 4
1952 57.4% 2,961 41.4% 2,134 1.2% 64
1948 50.2% 2,561 42.4% 2,163 7.5% 380
1944 48.1% 2,433 51.6% 2,611 0.3% 17
1940 47.1% 2,880 50.7% 3,103 2.2% 133
1936 38.9% 2,162 58.1% 3,233 3.0% 168
1932 45.5% 2,287 46.5% 2,337 7.9% 399
1928 59.7% 2,394 33.7% 1,353 6.6% 266
1924 71.4% 2,249 13.2% 417 15.3% 483
1920 67.7% 1,977 22.5% 657 9.8% 286
1916 54.3% 1,235 39.0% 888 6.7% 152
1912 41.1% 719 20.5% 359 38.3% 670
1908 71.4% 1,249 24.3% 425 4.3% 76
1904 77.1% 1,345 20.3% 355 2.6% 45
1900 68.8% 982 30.1% 429 1.1% 16
1896 62.8% 757 34.5% 416 2.7% 33
1892 38.7% 678 59.4% 1,041 1.9% 34
1888 36.2% 308 63.6% 542 0.2% 2
1884 53.9% 301 41.8% 233 4.3% 24
1880 48.3% 228 46.2% 218 5.5% 26
1876 38.3% 201 61.1% 321 0.6% 3

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.

Elected officials[edit]

(information as of June 2013)[15]

Communities[edit]

Village[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Ghost town[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Bibliography on Ontonagon County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ History :: Houghton County, Michigan Archived January 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ My Michigan, Ontonagon genealogy. Archived June 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Michigan Counties" from the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries. Archived July 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Census 2010 American Fact Finder". Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  15. ^ Michigan Government Officials Ontonagon County

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Coordinates: 46°59′N 89°16′W / 46.98°N 89.27°W / 46.98; -89.27