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Montcalm County, Michigan
Map

Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the USA highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1738 (created)
1850 (organized)
Seat Stanton
Largest City Greenville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

721 sq mi (1,867 km²)
705 sq mi (1,826 km²)
15 sq mi (39 km²), 2.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

63,342
90/sq mi (35/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.montcalm.org
Named for: Louis-Joseph de Montcalm

Montcalm County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. The Southwestern Portion of the county ( referring mostly to Greenville) identifies strongly as " West Michigan", while the rest of the county classifies themselves as within the central portion of Lower Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,342. The county seat is Stanton. The county is named for General Marquis Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, French military commander of troops in Canada during the French and Indian War. The county was set off in 1831 and organized in 1850.

Montcalm County is part of the Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 721 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 705 square miles (1,830 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (2.1%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Manistee National Forest (part)

Major highways

  • US 131
  • M-46
  • M-57
  • M-66
  • M-82
  • M-91

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 891
1860 3,968 345.3%
1870 13,629 243.5%
1880 33,148 143.2%
1890 32,754 −1.2%
1900 32,754 0.0%
1910 32,069 −2.1%
1920 30,441 −5.1%
1930 27,471 −9.8%
1940 28,581 4.0%
1950 31,013 8.5%
1960 35,795 15.4%
1970 39,660 10.8%
1980 47,555 19.9%
1990 53,059 11.6%
2000 61,226 15.4%
2010 63,342 3.5%
Est. 2015 62,945 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 61,266 people, 22,079 households, and 16,183 families residing in the county. The population density was 86 people per square mile (33/km²). There were 25,900 housing units at an average density of 37 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.83% White, 2.17% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. 2.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.5% were of English ancestry, 22.5% were of German ancestry, 9.5% were of Irish ancestry, 6.0% were of Dutch ancestry and 5.7% were of Danish ancestry according to the 2010 American Community Survey estimate. 96.4% spoke only English at home, while 2.1% spoke Spanish.

There were 22,079 households out of which 35.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 21.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 30.20% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 105.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,218, and the median income for a family was $42,823. Males had a median income of $32,635 versus $23,645 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,183. About 7.40% of families and 10.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.00% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.

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