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Ogemaw County, Michigan
Map

Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the USA highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1875
Seat West Branch
Largest City West Branch
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

575 sq mi (1,489 km²)
563 sq mi (1,458 km²)
11 sq mi (28 km²), 2.0%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

21,699
39/sq mi (15/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.ocmi.us

Ogemaw County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,699. The county seat is West Branch.

The county newspaper of record is the Ogemaw Herald.

History

See also: History of Northern Michigan

The county was originally created in 1840, but was absorbed into Iosco County in 1867. It was later recreated in 1873 and finally organized in 1875. The county's name is an Anglicization of the Anishinaabemowin word ogimaa, meaning "chief".

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 563 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (2.0%) is water. Ogemaw County is considered to be part of Northern Michigan

Highways

  • I-75
  • BL I-75
  • M-30
  • M-33
  • M-55
  • [[Template:Infobox road/MI/link CDH|Template:Infobox road/MI/abbrev CDH]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/MI/link CDH|Template:Infobox road/MI/abbrev CDH]]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Huron National Forest (part)

State protected area

  • Au Sable State Forest (part)
  • Rifle River State Recreation Area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 12
1880 1,914 15,850.0%
1890 5,583 191.7%
1900 7,765 39.1%
1910 8,907 14.7%
1920 7,786 −12.6%
1930 6,595 −15.3%
1940 8,720 32.2%
1950 9,345 7.2%
1960 9,680 3.6%
1970 11,903 23.0%
1980 16,436 38.1%
1990 18,681 13.7%
2000 21,645 15.9%
2010 21,699 0.2%
Est. 2015 20,937 −3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 21,645 people, 8,842 households, and 6,189 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 15,404 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.48% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 1.16% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.7% were of German, 12.3% American, 10.2% English, 9.2% Irish, 7.0% French and 6.7% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.9% spoke only English at home.

There were 8,842 households out of which 27.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 27.00% from 45 to 64, and 18.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,474, and the median income for a family was $34,988. Males had a median income of $31,003 versus $20,544 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,768. About 11.00% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.50% of those under age 18 and 9.90% of those age 65 or over.

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