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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 (authorized)
1836 (organized)
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 193,866
 • Density 320/sq mi (120/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 8th

Livingston County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 193,866. It is part of the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county seat and most populous city is Howell. The county was platted in 1833, but for three years remained assigned to Shiawassee and Washtenaw counties for revenue, taxation and judicial matters. It was formally organized in 1836. As one of Michigan's "Cabinet counties", a group of ten counties whose names honor members of President Andrew Jackson's Cabinet, it is named after former US Secretary of State Edward Livingston. Livingston County's location in Southeast Michigan offers residents relatively convenient access to the metropolitan centers of Detroit, Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Flint. Livingston County residents regularly commute to those centers, 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 Tribar, PepsiCo, Citizens Insurance, and ThaiSummit. The Brighton Recreation Area is in the county.


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%
2020 193,866 7.1%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

As of the 2000 United States Census, of 2010, the county had 180,967 people, 55,384 households, and 43,531 families. 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, 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.

28.80% of the county's population was under age 18, 6.60% was from age 18 to 24, 31.70% was from age 25 to 44, 24.60% was from age 45 to 64, and 8.30% was age 65 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 the 88th highest-income county in the United States and has the second-highest median income in Michigan (after Oakland) in 2010. Males had a median income of $54,358 versus $32,073 for females. The county's per capita income 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 county's population resides 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.

The 2019 Population Estimates Table from the United States Census Bureau cited an estimate of 191,995 residents in Livingston County in 2019.




Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities



Major highways

  • I-96 – runs ESE and SE through central part of county, passing Fowlerville, Howell, Brighton.
  • BL I-96 – business loop through central Howell, parallel to and on the north side of I96. Length 7.6 miles (12 km).
  • US 23 – runs north–south through eastern part of county, passing Hartland, Brighton, Whitmore Lake.
  • M-36 - runs east and SE through lower part of county, passing Pinckney and Hamburg, to intersection with US23 north of Whitmore Lake.
  • M-59 – runs west from east county line to intersection with I96, 3.4 miles (5.4 km) WNW of Howell.
  • M-106 – enters west line of county near SW corner. Runs east and NE to intersection with M36, 3 miles (4.5 km) inside county border.
  • D-19 – runs south from Pinckney 2.3 miles (3.8 km) to intersection with N. Territorial Road.

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