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Manistee County, Michigan
Map
Map of Michigan highlighting Manistee County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the USA highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1840, organized in 1855
Seat Manistee
Largest City Manistee
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,281 sq mi (3,318 km²)
542 sq mi (1,404 km²)
738 sq mi (1,911 km²), 58%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

24,733
46/sq mi (18/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.manisteecounty.net

Manistee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,733. The county seat is Manistee. The name "Manistee" is from an Ojibwe word first applied to the principal river of the county. The derivation is not certain, but it may be from ministigweyaa, "river with islands at its mouth". See also, List of Michigan county name etymologies and Kaministiquia River.

History

See also: History of Northern Michigan

The county was set off in 1840 and organized in 1855.

Historical markers

There are thirteen recognized Michigan historical markers in the county:

  • Harriet Quimby / Childhood Home
  • John J. Makinen Bottle House
  • First Congregational Church, Manistee
  • Great Fire of 1871
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Rectory
  • Kaleva, Michigan
  • Manistee City Library
  • Manistee Fire Hall
  • Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
  • Ramsdell Theatre
  • Trinity Lutheran Church [Arcadia]
  • William Douglas House

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,281 square miles (3,320 km2), of which 542 square miles (1,400 km2) is land and 738 square miles (1,910 km2) (58%) is water. Manistee County is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Manistee National Forest (part)

Transportation

Airport

Manistee County-Blacker Airport is approximately three miles (4.8 km) northeast of Manistee.

Major highways

  • US 31
  • M-22
  • M-55 starts two miles north of Manistee, and proceeds 155 miles across the Lower Peninsula to Tawas.
  • M-115

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 975
1870 6,074 523.0%
1880 12,532 106.3%
1890 24,230 93.3%
1900 27,856 15.0%
1910 26,688 −4.2%
1920 20,899 −21.7%
1930 17,409 −16.7%
1940 18,450 6.0%
1950 18,524 0.4%
1960 19,042 2.8%
1970 20,094 5.5%
1980 23,019 14.6%
1990 21,265 −7.6%
2000 24,527 15.3%
2010 24,733 0.8%
Est. 2015 24,461 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 24,527 people, 9,860 households, and 6,714 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 14,272 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.16% White, 1.63% Black or African American, 1.30% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.01% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. 2.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.5% were of German, 16.9% Polish, 8.8% English, 8.8% American and 7.1% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.2% spoke English and 2.3% Spanish as their first language.

There were 9,860 households out of which 27.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.90% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 18.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 103.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,208, and the median income for a family was $41,664. Males had a median income of $33,211 versus $20,851 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,204. About 6.90% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.50% of those under age 18 and 7.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Villages

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Townships


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