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|Founded||April 29, 1829 (founded)
|Named for||William Taylor Barry|
|• Total||577 sq mi (1,490 km2)|
|• Land||553 sq mi (1,430 km2)|
|• Water||24 sq mi (60 km2) 4.2%%|
|• Density||107/sq mi (41/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Barry County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 59,173. The county seat is Hastings. The county was formed by an act of the legislature of the Michigan Territory on April 29, 1829 and organized in 1839. It was named for William Taylor Barry, United States Postmaster General under President Andrew Jackson, making it one of Michigan's "cabinet counties". There was once several railroads that went through the county. The main schools are Hastings elementary, middle and high schools; Delton with its elementary, middle and high schools; and Middleville with its elementary, middle and high schools.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 577 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 553 square miles (1,430 km2) is land and 24 square miles (62 km2) (4.2%) is water.
- Ionia County (northeast)
- Eaton County (east)
- Calhoun County (southeast)
- Kalamazoo County (southwest)
- Allegan County (west)
- Kent County (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 59,173 people residing in the county. 96.9% were White, 0.5% Native American, 0.4% Black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.6% of some other race and 1.3% of two or more races. 2.3% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 19.8% were of German, 13.5% American, 12.1% English, 11.2% Dutch and 8.1% Irish ancestry.
As of the 2000 census, there were 56,755 people, 21,035 households, and 15,986 families residing in the county. The population density was 102 people per square mile (39/km²). There were 23,876 housing units at an average density of 43 per square mile (17/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.39% White, 0.24% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. 1.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.8% were of German, 13.6% English, 12.5% Dutch, 12.4% American and 9.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 98.2% spoke only English at home.
There were 21,035 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.10% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.00% were non-families. 19.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the county, the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $46,820, and the median income for a family was $51,794. Males had a median income of $38,991 versus $26,387 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,636. About 3.90% of families and 5.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.90% of those under age 18 and 5.90% of those age 65 or over.
- Hastings (county seat)
- Assyria Township
- Baltimore Township
- Barry Township
- Carlton Township
- Castleton Township
- Hastings Charter Township
- Hope Township
- Irving Township
- Johnstown Township
- Maple Grove Township
- Orangeville Township
- Prairieville Township
- Rutland Charter Township
- Thornapple Township
- Woodland Township
- Yankee Springs Township
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