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

1,242 sq mi (3,217 km²)
495 sq mi (1,282 km²)
747 sq mi (1,935 km²), 60%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

28,705
58/sq mi (22/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.MasonCounty.Net
Named for: Stevens T. Mason

Mason County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,705. The county seat is Ludington.

Mason County comprises the Ludington, MI Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

1842 Manistee Kawtawwabet Missaukee Mickenauk Ogemaw Kanotin Notipeskago Aishcum Unwattin Kaykakee Gladwin Arenac counties Michigan
A detail from A New Map of Michigan with its Canals, Roads & Distances (1842) by Henry Schenck Tanner, showing Mason County as "Notipeskago" (a misspelling of Notipekago, the county's name from 1840 to 1843.) Several nearby counties are also shown with names that would later be changed.

The county is named for Stevens T. Mason, Governor of Michigan. It was created by the Michigan Legislature in 1840 as Notipekago County, then renamed Mason County in 1843. The county was administered by Ottawa County prior to the organization of county government in 1855.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,242 square miles (3,220 km2), of which 495 square miles (1,280 km2) is land and 747 square miles (1,930 km2) (60%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 10
  • US 31

  • BUS US 31
  • M-116

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Manistee National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 93
1860 831 793.5%
1870 3,263 292.7%
1880 10,065 208.5%
1890 16,385 62.8%
1900 18,885 15.3%
1910 21,832 15.6%
1920 19,831 −9.2%
1930 18,756 −5.4%
1940 19,378 3.3%
1950 20,474 5.7%
1960 21,929 7.1%
1970 22,612 3.1%
1980 26,365 16.6%
1990 25,537 −3.1%
2000 28,274 10.7%
2010 28,705 1.5%
Est. 2015 28,783 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 28,274 people, 11,406 households, and 7,881 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 16,063 housing units at an average density of 32 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.84% White, 0.73% Black or African American, 0.78% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.82% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. 3.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.5% were of German, 10.4% Polish, 8.8% English, 8.5% Irish, 7.7% American and 5.0% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.0% spoke English and 2.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 11,406 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 25.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,704, and the median income for a family was $41,654. Males had a median income of $33,873 versus $22,616 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,713. About 8.20% of families and 11.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.50% of those under age 18 and 7.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Townships

  • Amber Township
  • Branch Township
  • Custer Township
  • Eden Township
  • Free Soil Township
  • Grant Township
  • Hamlin Township
  • Logan Township
  • Meade Township
  • Pere Marquette Charter Township
  • Riverton Township
  • Sheridan Township
  • Sherman Township
  • Summit Township
  • Victory Township

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