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Isabella County, Michigan
Seal of Isabella County, Michigan
Map
Map of Michigan highlighting Isabella County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the USA highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1859
Seat Mount Pleasant
Largest City Mount Pleasant
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

578 sq mi (1,497 km²)
573 sq mi (1,484 km²)
5.0 sq mi (13 km²), 0.9%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

70,311
123/sq mi (47/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.isabellacounty.org
Named for: Queen Isabella I of Castile

Isabella County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 70,311. Its county seat is Mt. Pleasant. The area was known as Ojibiway Besse, meaning "the place of the Chippewa". It was set off as a county in 1831, and county government organized in 1859. It was named after Queen Isabella I of Castile, based on a suggestion by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, US Indian Agent and ethnologist.

Isabella County comprises the Mount Pleasant, MI Micropolitan Statistical Area in Mid-Michigan, also known as Central Michigan. Within the county is located Isabella Indian Reservation, which has a total area of 217.67 square miles (563.8 km2). It is the major land base of the federally recognized Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation. Part of the county seat of Mount Pleasant is located within the reservation.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 578 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 573 square miles (1,480 km2) is land and 5.0 square miles (13 km2) (0.9%) is water.

Highways

  • I-73 (future)
  • US 10

  • BUS US 10
  • US 127

  • BUS US 127

  • BUS US 127
  • M-20

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,443
1870 4,113 185.0%
1880 12,159 195.6%
1890 18,784 54.5%
1900 22,784 21.3%
1910 23,029 1.1%
1920 22,610 −1.8%
1930 21,126 −6.6%
1940 25,982 23.0%
1950 28,964 11.5%
1960 35,348 22.0%
1970 44,594 26.2%
1980 54,110 21.3%
1990 54,624 0.9%
2000 63,351 16.0%
2010 70,311 11.0%
Est. 2015 70,698 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 63,351 people, 22,425 households, and 13,006 families residing in the county. The population density was 110 people per square mile (43/km²). There were 24,528 housing units at an average density of 43 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.51% White, 1.93% Black or African American, 2.75% Native American, 1.40% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. 2.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.0% were of German, 10.1% English, 10.0% Irish, 7.5% American and 6.0% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.9% spoke English and 1.6% Spanish as their first language.

There were 22,425 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.40% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.00% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out with 20.30% under the age of 18, 29.40% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 17.40% from 45 to 64, and 9.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 91.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,262, and the median income for a family was $45,953. Males had a median income of $32,270 versus $24,180 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,242. About 7.40% of families and 20.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.30% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.

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