Iosco County, Michigan facts for kids
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Location within the U.S. state of Michigan
Michigan's location within the U.S.
|Founded||1840, organized in 1857|
|Largest city||East Tawas|
|• Total||1,890 sq mi (4,900 km2)|
|• Land||549 sq mi (1,420 km2)|
|• Water||1,341 sq mi (3,470 km2) 71%%|
|• Density||47/sq mi (18/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Etymoloogy of Iosco
Iosco is traditionally said to be a Native American word meaning "water of light," though it is actually a pseudo-Native American name coined by Henry Schoolcraft, a Michigan geographer and ethnologist.
- See also: History of Northern Michigan
The county was created by the Michigan Legislature in 1840 as Kanotin County, and renamed Iosco County in 1843. It was administered by a succession of other Michigan counties prior to the organization of county government in 1857.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,890 square miles (4,900 km2), of which 549 square miles (1,420 km2) is land and 1,341 square miles (3,470 km2) (71%) is water. The county is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.
- Tawas Bay
- Pine River, rises in Alcona County and flows into Iosco County, where it empties into Van Etten Lake at [show location on an interactive map] 44°29′38″N, 83°23′16″W northwest of Oscoda
- Au Sable River
- Van Etten Lake
- Tawas Lake
- Foote Dam Pond
- The county is part of the Au Sable State Forest, specifically the
- Grayling FMU (Alcona, Crawford, Oscoda, and northern Iosco counties).
- US 23 is known as the Sunrise Side Coastal Highway.
- M-55 is one of only three state highways that extend across the U.S. state of Michigan's Lower Peninsula from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. Its east end terminates in Tawas City at the junction with US 23.
- River Road National Scenic Byway starts at M-65 and runs parallel with the Au Sable River for 23 miles (37 km) eastward to end at US 23 in Oscoda, Michigan. It is a designated National Scenic Byway. The road passes by the Lumberman's Monument.
National protected area
- Huron National Forest (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 27,339 people, 11,727 households, and 7,857 families residing in the county. The population density was 50 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 20,432 housing units at an average density of 37 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.92% White, 0.41% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. 0.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.2% were of German, 12.3% English, 10.6% Irish, 9.9% American, 8.3% Polish and 7.1% French ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.4% spoke English and 1.0% Spanish as their first language.
There were 11,727 households out of which 24.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.00% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.79.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.40% under the age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 23.40% from 25 to 44, 27.30% from 45 to 64, and 21.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,321, and the median income for a family was $37,452. Males had a median income of $30,338 versus $21,149 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,115. About 9.50% of families and 12.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.50% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.
Other unincorporated communities
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