- Arenac County, Michigan
Infobox U.S. County
county = Arenac County
state = Michigan
map size = 200
founded = 1883
seat = Standish | area_total_sq_mi =681
area percentage = 46.12%
census yr = 2000
pop = 17269
web = www.arenaccountygov.com
Arenac County is a county in the
U.S. stateof Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 17,269. The county seatis StandishGR|6.
*According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 681 square miles (1,763 km²), of which, 367 square miles (950 km²) of it is land and 314 square miles (813 km²) of it (46.12%) is water.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginawis the controlling regional body for the Catholic Church. [ [http://www.saginaw.org/ Saginaw County Diocese home page] ]
Saginaw Bayon Lake Huron
Au Gres River
Pine River (Arenac County)
Michigan State Trunklines
Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge(part)
As of the 2000 census, [ [http://censtats.census.gov/data/MI/05026011.pdf Statistical profile of Arenac County, Michigan] , United States Census Bureau, Census 2000] there were 17,269 people, 6,710 households, and 4,717 families residing in the county. The
population densitywas 47 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 9,563 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.38% White, 1.82% Black or African American, 0.95% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.0% were of German, 14.1% Polish, 11.6% French, 10.6% American, 7.9% English, 6.8% Irish and 5.3% French Canadianancestry according to Census 2000. 96.9% spoke English and 1.3% Spanish as their first language.
There were 6,710 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the county the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 25.50% from 45 to 64, and 16.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 105.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,805, and the median income for a family was $39,033. Males had a median income of $31,205 versus $20,363 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $16,300. About 11.30% of families and 13.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.70% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.
In early 2007, plans were confirmed for a
casinolocated outside of the city of Standish with a scheduled opening by the end of the year; operated by the Saginaw ChippewaIndian Tribe. [ [http://www.mlive.com/news/bctimes/index.ssf?/base/news-9/117792816259000.xml&coll=4 Casino will change face of Standish, Northeast Michigan, residents say] ] The Saganing Eagles Landing Casinogrand opening was held Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 2690 Worth Road. [ [http://www.saganing-eagleslanding.com/ribboncutting08.pdf Saganing Eagles Landing grand opening.] ]
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 healthregulations, andparticipates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The countyboard of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. InMichigan, most local government functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, streetmaintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.
Arenac County elected officials
* Prosecuting Attorney: Curtis Broughton
Sheriff: Ronald Bouldin
County Clerk: Ricky R. Rockwell
* County Treasurer: Dennis Stawowy
Register of Deeds: Rose Smith
Drain Commissioner: Don Prueter
* Road Commissioners: Lewis Ostrander; Kenneth Stawowy; Ray Gulvas
(information as of September 2005)
Cities, villages, and townships
*Au Gres Township
*Deep River Township
* Sunrise Side Heritage Bike Ride, first weekend in September. Ride Along
Lake HuronShoreline (US 23) from the Arenac County fairgrounds to Mackinac Bridgethen South to West Branch on M-33 and M-55 . This is a 400 mile long organized ride. [ [http://misunriseside.com/bikerally.pdf Sunrise side bike ride.] ]
Bibliography and further reading
* [http://www.clarke.cmich.edu/localhistory/Arenac.htm Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Bibliography on Arenac County]
* [http://www.arenaccountygov.com Arenac County government]
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