Lenawee County, Michigan

Lenawee County, Michigan

Infobox U.S. County
county = Lenawee County
state = Michigan

map size = 200
founded = 1822
seat = Adrian | area_total_sq_mi =761
area_water_sq_mi =11
area percentage = 1.42%
census yr = 2000
pop = 98890
density_km2 =51
web = www.lenawee.mi.us

Lenawee County ("LENN-a-way") is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, it has a population of 98,890, with an estimated population of 101,243 as of the July 1, 2007 Census Bureau estimate. The county seat is AdrianGR|6.


*The County was organized in 1826. It was split off from Monroe County, Michigan.
*This Henry Schoolcraft neologism is thought to be derived from a Native American word meaning "man" -- from the Delaware "leno or lenno" or the Shawnee "lenawai." [ [http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-15481_20826_20829-54126--,00.html Michigan History, Arts and Libraries on sources of County names.] ] See also, [ [http://www.clarke.cmich.edu/localhistory/Lenawee.htm Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Bibliography on Lenawee County.] ] "See", List of Michigan county name etymologies


*According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 761 square miles (1,972 km²), of which, 750 square miles (1,944 km²) of it is land and 11 square miles (28 km²) of it (1.42%) is water.
*Lenawee County is considered to be part of Southeastern Michigan.

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Michigan State Trunklines


Adjacent counties

*Washtenaw County (northeast)
*Jackson County (northwest)
*Monroe County (east)
*Hillsdale County (west)
*Lucas County, Ohio (southeast)
*Fulton County, Ohio (southwest)


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 98,890 people, 35,930 households, and 26,049 families residing in the county. The population density was 132 people per square mile (51/km²). There were 39,769 housing units at an average density of 53 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.51% White, 2.12% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.01% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. 6.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.4% were of German, 11.6% English, 10.2% American and 9.9% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 94.7% spoke English and 4.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 35,930 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,739, and the median income for a family was $53,661. Males had a median income of $38,458 versus $25,510 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,186. About 4.40% of families and 6.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.10% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.


The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates themajor 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 andother social services. The county board of commissioners controls thebudget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most localgovernment functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, streetmaintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

Lenawee County elected officials

* Board of Commission Chairman: James E. Van Doren
* Probate Court Judge: The Honorable Margaret M.S. Noe
* Prosecuting Attorney: Jonathan Poer
* Of Council to the Board of Commissioners:Irving C. Shaw, Jr.
* Sheriff: Larry Richardson
* County Clerk: Roxann Hollaway
* County Treasurer: Marilyn Woods
* Register of Deeds: Victori J. Daniels
* Drain Commissioner: Stephen R. May
* County Surveyor: Glenn Richard
* Road Commissioners: Merrill Bales; Robert Emery; Stan Wilson, Orrin Gregg P.E., Susan Bower, CPS

(information as of November 2007)

Cities, villages, and townships

*Cement City (partially)
*Manitou Beach-Devils Lake, CDP
*Sand Creek

*Adrian Township
*Blissfield Township
*Cambridge Township
*Clinton Township
*Deerfield Township
*Dover Township
*Fairfield Township
*Franklin Township
*Hudson Township
*Macon Township
*Madison Charter Township
*Medina Township
*Ogden Township
*Palmyra Township
*Raisin Charter Township
*Ridgeway Township
*Riga Township
*Rollin Township
*Rome Township
*Seneca Township
*Tecumseh Township
*Woodstock Township


External links

* [http://www.visitlenawee.com Lenawee County Conference & Visitors Bureau]
* [http://www.lenaweedrain.com/ Lenawee County Drain Commissioner]
* [http://www.lenawee.mi.us/ Lenawee County Government Site]
* [http://www.lcrc.cc/ Lenawee County Road Commission]
* [http://www.lenaweehistory.com/ Complete text of "History of Lenawee County" published in 1909 by the Western Historical Society]

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