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Lenawee County
Lenawee County Courthouse in Adrian
Map of Michigan highlighting Lenawee County
Location within the U.S. state of Michigan
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Michigan's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  Michigan
Founded 1822 (created)
September 10, 1826 (organized)
Seat Adrian
Largest city Adrian
Area
 • Total 761 sq mi (1,970 km2)
 • Land 750 sq mi (1,900 km2)
 • Water 12 sq mi (30 km2)  1.6%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 99,423
 • Density 130/sq mi (51/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 7th

Lenawee County ("LENN-a-way") is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 99,423. The county seat is Adrian. The county was created in 1822, from territory partitioned out of Monroe County. Its governing structure was organized in 1826.

Lenawee County comprises the Adrian, MI Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor, MI Combined Statistical Area. It is served by the Toledo Media market.

History

See also: National Register of Historic Places listings in Lenawee County, Michigan
Irish Hills Towers
Towers of the Irish Hills near Hayes State Park

The county was created in 1826. It was split off from Monroe County, Michigan. This Henry Schoolcraft neologism is thought to be derived from a Native American word meaning "man"—from the Delaware "leno or lenno" or the Shawnee "lenawai."

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 761 square miles (1,970 km2), of which 750 square miles (1,900 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (1.6%) is water. Lenawee County is considered to be part of Southeastern Michigan.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-73 (future)
  • US 12
  • US 127
  • US 223
  • M-34
  • M-50
  • M-52
  • M-124
  • M-156

Within Lenawee County's townships, north-south roads are referred to as "highways", while east-west roads are referred to as "roads".

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 1,491
1840 17,889 1,099.8%
1850 26,372 47.4%
1860 38,112 44.5%
1870 45,595 19.6%
1880 48,343 6.0%
1890 48,448 0.2%
1900 48,406 −0.1%
1910 47,907 −1.0%
1920 47,767 −0.3%
1930 49,849 4.4%
1940 53,110 6.5%
1950 64,629 21.7%
1960 77,789 20.4%
1970 81,609 4.9%
1980 89,948 10.2%
1990 91,476 1.7%
2000 98,890 8.1%
2010 99,892 1.0%
2020 99,423 −0.5%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2018

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 98,890 people, 35,930 households, and 26,049 families in the county. The population density was 132 people per square mile (51/km2). There were 39,769 housing units at an average density of 53 per square mile (20/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.51% White, 2.12% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.01% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. 6.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.4% were of German, 11.6% English, 10.2% American and 9.9% Irish ancestry, 94.7% spoke English and 4.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 35,930 households, out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.07.

The county population contained 25.90% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,739, and the median income for a family was $53,661. Males had a median income of $38,458 versus $25,510 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,186. About 4.40% of families and 6.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.10% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities

Villages

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Townships

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