- Lake County, Michigan
Infobox U.S. County
county = Lake County
state = Michigan
map size = 200
seat = Baldwin | area_total_sq_mi =575
area percentage = 1.25%
census yr = 2000
pop = 11333
Lake County is a county in the
U.S. stateof Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 11,333. The county seatis BaldwinGR|6.
Manistee National Forest(part)
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 11,333 people, 4,704 households, and 3,052 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 13,498 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.66% White, 11.17% Black or African American, 1.01% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 2.40% from two or more races. 1.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.0% were of German, 12.6% American, 8.4% Irish, 8.2% English and 6.1% Dutch ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.5% spoke English and 1.3% Spanish as their first language.
There were 4,704 households out of which 23.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.10% were non-families. 29.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.79.
In the county the population was spread out with 21.90% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 22.70% from 25 to 44, 27.60% from 45 to 64, and 19.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 109.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $26,622, and the median income for a family was $32,086. Males had a median income of $30,124 versus $21,886 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $14,457. About 14.70% of families and 19.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.30% of those under age 18 and 12.00% 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 healthregulations, 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.
Lake County elected officials
Chief Trial Court Judge: Mark S. Wickens
* Prosecuting Attorney: Michael Riley
Sheriff: Robert Hilts
County Clerk/ Register of Deeds: Shelly Meyers
* County Treasurer: Brenda Kutchinski
County Surveyor: Robert Wetherell
(information as of September 2005)
Cities, villages, and townships
*Cherry Valley Township
*Pleasant Plains Township
Bibliography and further reading
* [http://www.clarke.cmich.edu/localhistory/Lake.htm Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Bibliography on Lake County]
* [http://www.lcrc-roads.com Lake County Road Commission Website]
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