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Coordinates: 43°28′N 83°27′W / 43.467°N 83.45°W / 43.467; -83.45

Tuscola County, Michigan
Map
Map of Michigan highlighting Tuscola County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the USA highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded April 1, 1840
organized March 2, 1850
Seat Caro
Largest City Caro
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

914 sq mi (2,367 km²)
803 sq mi (2,080 km²)
111 sq mi (287 km²), 12
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

55,729
69/sq mi (27/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.tuscolacounty.org

Tuscola County is a county located in the Thumb region of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,729. The county seat is Caro. The county was created by Michigan Law on April 1, 1840, from land in Sanilac County and attached to Saginaw County for administrative purposes. The Michigan Legislature passed an act on March 2, 1850, that empowered the county residents to organize governmental functions.

Tuscola County is one of five counties that are in the Thumb area. Like the rest of the thumb, Tuscola County enjoys seasonal tourism from larger cities like Flint, Detroit and Saginaw.

History

The name Tuscola was a Neologism created by Henry Schoolcraft. One scholar believes it to be a combination of "dusinagon" (level) and "cola" (lands).

The Chippewa/Ottawa word "dusinagon", or "tessi-nagan", actually, means flat dish or plate. The early Chippewa/Ottawa often used a shell or bark from a tree for a dish or plate. Shell in their language was "essi", which may be the root of Tuscola.

Ottusson was also the name of the village of the Ojibwe near the start of the Cass River. It along with a large amount of surrounding land was reserved to the Ojibwe in the 1819 Treaty of Detroit but was sold off in the 1837 treaty.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 914 square miles (2,370 km2), of which 803 square miles (2,080 km2) is land and 111 square miles (290 km2) (12%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • M-15, runs north and south
  • M-24, runs north and south
  • M-25, runs north and south
  • M-46, runs east and west
  • M-81, runs east and west
  • M-138, runs east and west

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 291
1860 4,886 1,579.0%
1870 13,714 180.7%
1880 25,738 87.7%
1890 32,508 26.3%
1900 25,890 −20.4%
1910 34,913 34.9%
1920 33,320 −4.6%
1930 32,934 −1.2%
1940 35,694 8.4%
1950 38,258 7.2%
1960 43,305 13.2%
1970 48,603 12.2%
1980 56,961 17.2%
1990 55,498 −2.6%
2000 58,266 5.0%
2010 55,729 −4.4%
Est. 2015 53,777 −3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

The 2010 United States Census indicates Tuscola County had a 2010 population of 55,729. This is a decrease of -2,537 people from the 2000 United States Census. Overall, the county had a -4.4% growth rate during this ten-year period. In 2010 there were 21,590 households and 15,423 families in the county. The population density was 69.4 per square mile (26.8 square kilometers). There were 24,451 housing units at an average density of 30.4 per square mile (11.7 square kilometers). 96.1% of the population were White, 1.1% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.7% of some other race and 1.2% of two or more races. 2.8% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 32.3% were of German, 9.0% English, 8.4% Polish, 8.0% Irish, 7.8% American and 6.2% French, French Canadian or Cajun ancestry.

There were 21,590 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were husband and wife families, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.6% were non-families, and 24.0% were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.5% under age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.6 males.

The 2010 American Community Survey 3-year estimate indicates the median income for a household in the county was $40,839 and the median income for a family was $49,274. Males had a median income of $28,288 versus $15,314 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,470. About 1.7% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.0% of those under the age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.

Religion

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is the controlling regional body for the Catholic Church.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Charter township

  • Almer Charter Township

General law townships

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