- Missaukee County, Michigan
Missaukee County, Michigan
Location in the state of Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1871 Seat Lake City Area
573.82 sq mi (1,486 km²)
566.75 sq mi (1,468 km²)
7.08 sq mi (18 km²), 1.23%
26/sq mi (10/km²)
Missaukee County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Cadillac, Michigan, Micropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the population was 14,478. The county seat is Lake City.
- Originally the county was part of Mackinac County, Michigan, but was split off. See, List of counties in Michigan
- Missaukee County was organized in 1871, and is named after a prominent Ottawa chief, Nesaukee, who signed the treaties of 1831 and 1833. See also,  See, List of Michigan county name etymologies However, it is said that "Nesaukee" could be interpreted as 'large mouth of the river.' 
- Missaukee County is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord.
- According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 573.82 square miles (1,486.2 km2), of which 566.75 square miles (1,467.9 km2) (or 98.77%) is land and 7.08 square miles (18.3 km2) (or 1.23%) is water.
- The county is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.
Michigan State Highways
- Kalkaska County - north
- Crawford County - northeast
- Roscommon County - east
- Clare County - southeast
- Osceola County - southwest
- Wexford County - west
- Grand Traverse County - northwest
Grand Traverse County Kalkaska County Crawford County Wexford County Roscommon County Missaukee County, Michigan Osceola County Clare County
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,478 people, 5,450 households, and 4,043 families residing in the county. The population density was 26 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 8,621 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.50% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 1.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.6% were of Dutch, 18.3% German, 10.8% American, 10.0% English and 7.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.9% spoke English and 1.1% Spanish as their first language.
There were 5,450 households out of which 34.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.80% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.80% were non-families. 21.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the county the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,224, and the median income for a family was $39,057. Males had a median income of $30,565 versus $20,905 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,072. About 8.20% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.20% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.
Government and politics
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.
Missaukee County elected officials
- Prosecuting Attorney: William J. Donnelly, Jr.
- Sheriff: James Bosscher
- County Clerk/Register of Deeds: Carolyn Flore
- County Treasurer: Barbara Hancock
- Road Commissioners: Jack McGee; Larry Norman; Lonny Lutke
(information as of September 2005)
Missaukee County is one of Michigan's most strongly Republican counties. In 2004, Republican George W. Bush received 68.1% in Missaukee County, his second highest percentage among Michigan's 83 counties. In 2002, Republican gubernatorial nominee Dick Posthumus received 66.1% in Missaukee, which also ranked it as the #2 most Republican county in the state.
Cities and Townships
- ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- ^ Michigan History, Arts and Libraries on sources of County names.
- ^ Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Bibliography on Missaukee County.
- ^ Michigan info -- Missauskee County
- ^ a b Diocese of Gaylord.
- ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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