Missaukee County, Michigan facts for kids
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Location within the U.S. state of Michigan
Michigan's location within the U.S.
|Largest city||Lake City|
|• Total||574 sq mi (1,490 km2)|
|• Land||565 sq mi (1,460 km2)|
|• Water||9.1 sq mi (24 km2) 1.6%%|
|• Density||26/sq mi (10/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Etymology of the name Missaukee
The County may be named after a prominent Ottawa chief, Nesaukee, who signed the treaties of 1831 and 1833. However, it is also said that "Nesaukee" could be interpreted as 'large mouth of the river.'
- See also: History of Northern Michigan
Originally the county was part of Mackinac County, Michigan, but was split off. Missaukee County was organized in 1871,
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 574 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 565 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 9.1 square miles (24 km2) (1.6%) is water.
Lakes and rivers
There are 33 natural freshwater lakes in Missaukee County. The largest of these, Lake Missaukee, has a surface area of 1,800 acres (730 ha). The lakes and streams in much of the county drain into the Muskegon River, which flows generally north to south through its eastern tier of townships. The 51.1-mile-long (82.2 km) Clam River, a tributary of the Muskegon, flows generally west to east through the county.
Michigan State Highways
- Kalkaska County - north
- Crawford County - northeast
- Roscommon County - east
- Clare County - southeast
- Osceola County - southwest
- Wexford County - west
- Grand Traverse County - northwest
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,478 people, 5,450 households, and 4,043 families residing in the county. The population density was 26 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 8,621 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.50% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 1.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.6% were of Dutch, 18.3% German, 10.8% American, 10.0% English and 7.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.9% spoke English and 1.1% Spanish as their first language.
There were 5,450 households out of which 34.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.80% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.80% were non-families. 21.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the county, the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,224, and the median income for a family was $39,057. Males had a median income of $30,565 versus $20,905 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,072. About 8.20% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.20% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.
The Christian Reformed Church in North America is far the biggest denomination in the county with 2,010 members and 7 congregations, almost 50% of the counties population adhere to the CRCNA, followed by the Reformed Church in America with 3 congregations and 830 members, the third is the United Methodist Church with 3 churches and 500 members, the PC(USA) has 2 congregations and 200 members, but the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, the Lutherans (ELCA), baptists are also represented with 1 congregations each. Missaukee County is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord and has 1 congregations and 800 members. There is an Amish community in the county, founded in 2000, with two church districts in 2013.
Other unincorporated communities
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