Shiawassee County, Michigan

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Shiawassee County, Michigan
Shiawassee County Courthouse 2.jpg
Map of Michigan highlighting Shiawassee County
Location in the U.S. state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded10 September 1822 (created)
1837 (organized)[1]
Named forShiawassee River
SeatCorunna
Largest cityOwosso
Area
 • Total541 sq mi (1,401 km2)
 • Land531 sq mi (1,375 km2)
 • Water10 sq mi (26 km2), 1.9%
Population
 • (2010)70,648
 • Density130/sq mi (51/km2)
Congressional district4th
Time zoneEastern

Shiawassee /ˌʃ.əˈwɒs/ is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 70,648.[2] The county seat is Corunna.[3], and the largest city in the county is Owosso.

In 1822, the Michigan Territorial legislature defined a new county, Shiawassee (named for the river), taken from portions of existing Oakland and St. Clair counties. However, for purposes of representation, revenue, and judicial matters, the area was temporarily assigned to adjoining county governments.[1]

In early 1837, the Michigan Territory was admitted into the Union as the State of Michigan, and that same year the new Michigan State government authorized the organization of a county government in Shiawassee.[1]

In 2010, the center of population of Michigan was located in Shiawassee County, in Bennington Township.[4]

Shiawassee County comprises the Owosso, MI Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Lansing-East Lansing-Owosso, MI Combined Statistical Area.

The Shiawassee County Courthouse was designed by Claire Allen, a prominent southern Michigan architect.

Geography[edit]

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 541 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 531 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (1.9%) is water.[5] The Shiawassee River enters it from Genesee County in the southeast and flows through Corunna and Owosso in the center of the county, exiting to Saginaw County in the north. Shiawassee County is considered to be a part of Central Michigan.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Highways[edit]

  • I-69 - enters near SW corner of county. Runs ENE past Shaftsburg, Perry, Morrice, Bancroft, Durand. Exits running east into Genesee County.
  • M-13 - runs along the east line of county, from NE corner to intersection with I69 one mile (1.6 km) south of Lennon.
  • M-21 - runs east-west through upper middle of county, passing Corunna and Owosso.
  • M-52 - enters north line of county at Oakley. Runs south to Owosso, then SW and south to Perry. Exits running south into Ingham County.
  • M-71 - begins at Owosso. Runs ESE to intersection with I69, one mile (1.6 km) NW of Durand.

Rail[edit]

Airport[edit]

Owosso Community Airport – 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Owosso. Public airport for general aviation, primarily smaller aircraft.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18402,103
18505,230148.7%
186012,349136.1%
187020,85868.9%
188027,05929.7%
189030,95214.4%
190033,8669.4%
191033,246−1.8%
192035,9248.1%
193039,51710.0%
194041,2074.3%
195045,96711.6%
196053,44616.3%
197063,07518.0%
198071,14012.8%
199069,770−1.9%
200071,6872.7%
201070,648−1.4%
Est. 201768,446[6]−3.1%
US Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[2]

As of the 2010 United States Census,[11] Shiawassee County had a 2010 population of 70,648. This decrease of -1,039 people from the 2000 United States Census represents a decrease of 1.4% during that ten-year period. In 2010 there were 27,481 households and 19,397 families in the county. The population density was 133.1 per square mile (51.4 square kilometers). There were 30,319 housing units at an average density of 57.1 per square mile (22.0 per km²). 96.7% of the population were White, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.5% of some other race and 1.5% of two or more races. 2.4% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 22.2% were of German, 21.8% English, 9.5% Irish, 5.2% French, French Canadian or Cajun and 5.1% Polish ancestry according to 2010 American Community Survey.[12]

There were 27,481 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were husband and wife families, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.4% were non-families, and 24.2% were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.99.

The county population contained 24.1% under age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The 2010 American Community Survey 1-year estimate[11] indicates the median income for a household in the county was $46,528 and the median income for a family was $52,614. Males had a median income of $32,155 versus $19,301 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,103. About 10.6% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under the age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Shiawassee County has tended to vote Republican since the beginning. Since 1884, the Republican Party nominee has carried 74% of the elections (25 of 34).

Presidential Election Results
Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 56.4% 19,230 36.8% 12,546 6.9% 2,335
2012 47.4% 15,962 51.1% 17,197 1.5% 520
2008 44.7% 16,268 53.3% 19,397 2.1% 750
2004 53.0% 19,407 46.1% 16,881 1.0% 363
2000 49.1% 15,816 48.2% 15,520 2.7% 882
1996 38.6% 11,714 48.3% 14,662 13.2% 3,999
1992 33.8% 10,930 39.0% 12,629 27.2% 8,801
1988 53.9% 15,506 45.4% 13,056 0.7% 186
1984 66.0% 18,756 33.5% 9,514 0.6% 161
1980 51.7% 15,756 39.3% 11,985 9.0% 2,729
1976 54.5% 15,113 44.0% 12,202 1.5% 406
1972 61.6% 15,489 35.5% 8,932 2.8% 715
1968 50.9% 11,465 38.3% 8,619 10.9% 2,448
1964 36.2% 7,786 63.6% 13,676 0.2% 41
1960 60.9% 13,757 38.8% 8,773 0.3% 74
1956 67.8% 14,600 31.9% 6,873 0.4% 78
1952 68.4% 13,562 30.6% 6,056 1.0% 206
1948 67.0% 10,377 31.3% 4,852 1.7% 267
1944 68.4% 11,601 31.2% 5,292 0.4% 64
1940 63.2% 9,995 36.2% 5,727 0.5% 82
1936 43.4% 6,017 48.0% 6,666 8.6% 1,195
1932 44.2% 6,600 53.6% 8,002 2.2% 334
1928 79.4% 9,851 20.1% 2,496 0.5% 60
1924 73.0% 8,987 14.1% 1,738 12.9% 1,588
1920 69.9% 7,194 25.2% 2,595 4.8% 498
1916 51.3% 3,926 43.2% 3,308 5.5% 420
1912 30.1% 2,309 25.5% 1,957 44.5% 3,417
1908 58.0% 4,199 32.3% 2,339 9.8% 707
1904 66.2% 5,553 26.7% 2,241 7.1% 596
1900 56.7% 5,051 38.6% 3,441 4.7% 418
1896 50.5% 4,654 46.7% 4,303 2.8% 259
1892 47.2% 3,619 39.0% 2,994 13.8% 1,060
1888 51.9% 4,007 41.3% 3,187 6.8% 525
1884 41.7% 2,705 48.4% 3,141 9.9% 640

The county government operates the 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.

Elected officials[edit]

  • Governor: Rick Snyder (R)
  • Lt. Governor: Brian Calley (R)
  • Attorney General: Bill Schuette (R)
  • Secretary of State: Ruth Johnson (R)
  • State Senator 24th District: Rick Jones (R)
  • State Rep. 85th District: Ben Frederick (R)
  • U.S.Rep 4th District: John Moolenaar (R)
  • Prosecutor: Deana M. Finnegan (R)
  • Sheriff: Brian BeGole (R)
  • County Clerk: Caroline Wilson (R)
  • County Treasurer: Thomas W. Dwyer (R)
  • Register of Deeds: Lori Kimble (R)
  • Drain Commissioner: Tony Newman(D)
  • County Surveyor: William Wascher (R)
  • Road Commissioners: Mike Constine; Stephen A. Zemcik; John Michalec
  • Commissioner District 1: Mike Bruff (R)
  • Commissioner District 2: Dan McMaster (R)
  • Commissioner District 3: Gary Holzhausen (R)
  • Commissioner District 4: Brandon Marks (R)
  • Commissioner District 5: Jeremy R. Root (R)
  • Commissioner District 6: Jeff Bartz (D)
  • Commissioner District 7: Mark Coscarelli (R)

(information as of January 2017)

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bibliography on Shiawassee County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Centers of Population by State: 2010". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. 22 August 2012. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017". Retrieved 29 Oct 2018.
  7. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  11. ^ a b "American Factfinder". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  12. ^ "2010 Data Release – Data & Documentation – American Community Survey – US Census Bureau". census.gov. Archived from the original on 27 October 2015.
  13. ^ US Election Atlas

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°57′N 84°08′W / 42.95°N 84.14°W / 42.95; -84.14