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Shiawassee County, Michigan
Map
Map of Michigan highlighting Shiawassee County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the USA highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded September 10, 1822 (created)
1837 (organized)
Seat Corunna
Largest City Owosso
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

541 sq mi (1,401 km²)
531 sq mi (1,375 km²)
10 sq mi (26 km²), 1.9%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

70,648
132/sq mi (51/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.shiawassee.net
Named for: Shiawassee River

Shiawassee /ˌʃ.əˈwɒs/ is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 70,648. The county seat is Corunna. The county was founded in 1822 and organized in 1837. Shiawassee County is named for the Shiawassee River, and means 'river that twists about'.

In 2010, the center of population of Michigan was located in Shiawassee County, in the township of Bennington.

Shiawassee County comprises the Owosso, MI Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Lansing-East Lansing-Owosso, MI Combined Statistical Area.

The Shiawassee County Courthouse was designed by Claire Allen, a prominent southern Michigan architect.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 541 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 531 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (1.9%) is water. The Shiawassee River enters it from Genesee County in the southeast and flows through Corunna and Owosso in the center of the county, exiting to Saginaw County in the north. Shiawassee County is considered to be a part of Central Michigan.

Adjacent counties

Transportation

Highways

  • I-69 - runs east and west through the middle of the county
  • M-13 - runs north and south along the border with Genesee County, starting north of I-69 near Lennon
  • M-21 - runs east and west through the middle of the county, including Corunna and Owosso
  • M-52 - runs north and south through the middle of the county, including Owosso
  • M-71 - connects I-69 to Corunna and Owosso, starting at I-69 near Durand

Rail

  • Durand Union Station in Durand offers access to Amtrak's Blue Water route. The train runs from Port Huron to Chicago.

Airport

Owosso Community Airport near Owosso is a general use public airport, used by small private planes.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,103
1850 5,230 148.7%
1860 12,349 136.1%
1870 20,858 68.9%
1880 27,059 29.7%
1890 30,952 14.4%
1900 33,866 9.4%
1910 33,246 −1.8%
1920 35,924 8.1%
1930 39,517 10.0%
1940 41,207 4.3%
1950 45,967 11.6%
1960 53,446 16.3%
1970 63,075 18.0%
1980 71,140 12.8%
1990 69,770 −1.9%
2000 71,687 2.7%
2010 70,648 −1.4%
Est. 2016 68,554 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 census indicates Shiawassee County had a 2010 population of 70,648. This is a decrease of -1,039 people from the 2000 United States Census. Overall, the county had a -1.4% growth rate during this ten-year period. In 2010 there were 27,481 households and 19,397 families in the county. The population density was 133.1 per square mile (51.4 square kilometers). There were 30,319 housing units at an average density of 57.1 per square mile (22.0 square kilometers). 96.7% of the population were White, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.5% of some other race and 1.5% of two or more races. 2.4% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 22.2% were of German, 21.8% English, 9.5% Irish, 5.2% French, French Canadian or Cajun and 5.1% Polish ancestry according to 2010 American Community Survey.

There were 27,481 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were husband and wife families, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.4% were non-families, and 24.2% were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.1% under age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The 2010 American Community Survey 1-year estimate indicates the median income for a household in the county was $46,528 and the median income for a family was $52,614. Males had a median income of $32,155 versus $19,301 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,103. About 10.6% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under the age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Townships


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