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Chippewa County Courthouse, Sault Ste. Marie
Location within the U.S. state of Michigan
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|Founded||December 22, 1826|
|Named for||Ojibwe people|
|Seat||Sault Ste. Marie|
|Largest city||Sault Ste. Marie|
|• Total||2,698 sq mi (6,990 km2)|
|• Land||1,558 sq mi (4,040 km2)|
|• Water||1,140 sq mi (3,000 km2) 42%%|
|• Density||25/sq mi (10/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Chippewa County is a county in the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 38,520. The county seat is Sault Ste. Marie. The county is named for the Chippewa tribe, and was set off and organized in 1826.
Chippewa County comprises the Sault Ste. Marie, MI micropolitan statistical area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,698 square miles (6,990 km2), of which 1,558 square miles (4,040 km2) is land and 1,140 square miles (3,000 km2) (42%) is water. It is the second-largest county in Michigan by land area and fifth-largest by total area.
The Michigan Meridian runs through the eastern portion of the county. South of Nine Mile Road, M-129 (Meridian Road) overlays the meridian. In Sault Ste. Marie, Meridian Street north of 12th Avenue overlays the meridian.
- Algoma District, Ontario, Canada (northeast)
- Manitoulin District, Ontario, Canada (east)
- Presque Isle County (southeast)
- Mackinac County (south)
- Luce County (west)
National protected areas
- Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge
- Hiawatha National Forest (part)
- Whitefish Point Unit of the Seney National Wildlife Refuge
The Munuscong Bay is open for recreation uses, such as hunting, boating and bird watching. The area is known for its duck hunting, including mallards, divers and green-winged teal ducks. The Bay is most known for its icefishing and duck hunting. During opening weekend of duck season (late September), hundreds of hunters come from all over the state to begin their season on the Bay. This area has many types of waterfowl pass through it each year on their southern and northern migrations.
All Interstate and US Highways in Michigan, like all state-maintained highways, are part of the Michigan State Trunkline Highway System.
- I-73 (future)
- I-75 ends at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge at the Canada border.
- BS I-75 travels from I-75 into downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
The following highways are maintained by the Chippewa County Road Commission as part of the county road system. They are assigned numbers by the Michigan Department of Transportation as part of the County-Designated Highway System.
- H-63 runs via Mackinac Trail, the former route of US 2 before it was replaced by I-75 in 1962.
In addition, the county road commission jointly maintains Whitefish Bay National Forest Scenic Byway, a National Forest Scenic Byway with the US Forest Service.
Chippewa County International Airport (CIU) serves Chippewa county and the surrounding communities.
Drummond Island Airport (DRM) enhances county service.
|U.S. Decennial Census
The 2010 United States Census indicates Chippewa County had a population of 38,520. This is a decrease of 23 people from the 2000 United States Census. This is a -0.1% change in population. In 2010 there were 14,329 households and 9,106 families in the county. The population density was 24.7 per square mile (9.5 square kilometers). There were 21,253 housing units at an average density of 13.6 per square mile (5.3 square kilometers). 72.3% of the population were White, 15.8% Native American, 6.5% Black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% of some other race and 4.6% of two or more races. 1.2% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 17.0% were of German, 11.8% English, 12.2% Irish, 8.8% French, 6.4% Polish ancestry.
There were 14,329 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were husband and wife families, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.5% were non-families, and 29.5% were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the county, the population was spread out with 20.1% under age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. The population was 55.1% male and 44.9% female.
The 2010 American Community Survey 3-year estimate indicates the median income for a household in the county was $39,351 and the median income for a family was $54,625. Males had a median income of $25,760 versus $16,782 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,334. About 2.3% of families and 18.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.0% of those under the age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.
- Sault Ste. Marie (county seat)
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