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Barry County, Michigan
Seal of Barry County, Michigan
Map
Map of Michigan highlighting Barry County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the USA highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded April 29, 1829 (founded)
1839 (organized)
Seat Hastings
Largest City Hastings
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

577 sq mi (1,494 km²)
553 sq mi (1,432 km²)
24 sq mi (62 km²), 4.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

59,173
107/sq mi (41/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.barrycounty.org
Named for: William Taylor Barry

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.

Barry County is part of the Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

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.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • M-37
  • M-43
  • M-50
  • M-66
  • M-78
  • M-79
  • M-89
  • M-179

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,078
1850 5,072 370.5%
1860 13,858 173.2%
1870 22,199 60.2%
1880 25,317 14.0%
1890 23,783 −6.1%
1900 22,514 −5.3%
1910 22,633 0.5%
1920 21,383 −5.5%
1930 20,928 −2.1%
1940 22,613 8.1%
1950 26,183 15.8%
1960 31,738 21.2%
1970 38,166 20.3%
1980 45,781 20.0%
1990 50,057 9.3%
2000 56,755 13.4%
2010 59,173 4.3%
Est. 2015 59,314 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

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.

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