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Livingston County
Livingston County Courthouse, Howell
Livingston County Courthouse, Howell
Map of Michigan highlighting Livingston County
Location within the U.S. state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Michigan
Founded 1833, organized in 1836
Named for Edward Livingston
Seat Howell
Largest city Howell
 • Total 585 sq mi (1,520 km2)
 • Land 565 sq mi (1,460 km2)
 • Water 20 sq mi (50 km2)  3.4%%
 • Total 180,967
 • Density 320/sq mi (120/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 8th

Livingston County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 180,967. The county seat and most populous city is Howell. The county was platted in 1833, but for three years remained a part of Shiawassee and Washtenaw counties. It was formally organized in 1836. As one of Michigan's "Cabinet counties", a group of counties whose names honor members of President Andrew Jackson's Cabinet, it is named after former U.S. Secretary of State Edward Livingston.

Livingston County is included in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Livingston County's location in south-central Michigan offers its residents relatively convenient access to the major metropolitan centers of Detroit, Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Flint. People from Livingston County commute to all four of these cities, using the three major expressways which pass through the county: I-96, US 23, and M-59. Although continuing to be composed largely of bedroom communities, the county is experiencing and maintaining significant growth in both the service and industrial economic sectors. Major employers include Pepsico, Citizens Insurance and Ogihara Industries.

Brighton Recreation Area is located in the county. Charles Howell Scout Reservation was located on the western edge of Brighton Lake and served the Detroit Area Council for many years.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 585 square miles (1,520 km2), of which 565 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (3.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-96
  • BL I-96
  • US 23
  • M-36
  • M-59
  • M-106
  • D-19
  • D-32


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 7,430
1850 13,485 81.5%
1860 16,851 25.0%
1870 19,336 14.7%
1880 22,251 15.1%
1890 20,858 −6.3%
1900 19,664 −5.7%
1910 17,736 −9.8%
1920 17,522 −1.2%
1930 19,274 10.0%
1940 20,863 8.2%
1950 26,725 28.1%
1960 38,233 43.1%
1970 58,967 54.2%
1980 100,289 70.1%
1990 115,645 15.3%
2000 156,951 35.7%
2010 180,967 15.3%
Est. 2015 187,316 3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2010, there were 180,967 people, 55,384 households, and 43,531 families residing in the county. The population density was 320 people per square mile (107/km²). There were 58,919 housing units at an average density of 104 per square mile (40/km²). 96.7% of the population were White, 0.8% Asian, 0.4% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% of some other race and 1.3% of two or more races. 1.9% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 20.8% were of German, 11.2% Irish, 10.6% English, 10.6% Polish, 6.5% American, 5.2% Italian and 5.1% French, French Canadian or Cajun ancestry. 95.9% spoke English and 1.7% Spanish as their first language.

There were 55,384 households out of which 39.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.50% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.40% were non-families. 17.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.80% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 31.70% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 8.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 102.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

With a median household income of $67,400 (2008 estimate - $72,700), and a median family income of $75,284, Livingston county is one of the Highest-income counties in the United States and the highest-income county in Michigan. Males had a median income of $54,358 versus $32,073 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,069. About 2.40% of families and 3.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.60% of those under age 18 and 4.50% of those age 65 or over.

More than 50% of the population of the county is located in the southeastern communities of Brighton Township, Genoa Township, Hamburg Township, Green Oak Township, the Village of Pinckney, Putnam Township and the city of Brighton.

The US Census Bureau in 2000 identified Brighton, Howell and the nearby city of South Lyon to be a contiguously-urbanized area, one of the newest such areas in the United States.




Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities


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