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Ingham County, Michigan
Seal of Ingham County, Michigan
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Logo of Ingham County, Michigan
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Map of Michigan highlighting Ingham County
Location in the state of Michigan
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Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded October 29, 1829
Named for Samuel D. Ingham
Seat Mason
Largest city Lansing
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

560.94 sq mi (1,453 km²)
559.19 sq mi (1,448 km²)
1.75 sq mi (5 km²), 0.31%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

284,900
500/sq mi (193/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.ingham.org

Ingham County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. The 2010 census recorded its population at 284,900. The county seat is Mason[1]. Lansing, the state capital of Michigan, is located within the county, and is the only state capital in the nation that is not also a county seat. The county is home to Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and the Class A minor league baseball team, the Lansing Lugnuts.

Ingham County was established by an act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature on October 29, 1829, from portions of Shiawassee County, Washtenaw County and unorganized territory. It was attached for administrative purposes to Washtenaw County until 1838 when county government was established for Ingham.

The county is named for Samuel D. Ingham, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under President Andrew Jackson, making Ingham one of the so-called Cabinet counties.

Transportation[]

Air service[]

  • Ingham County is served by Lansing Capital Region International Airport and Mason Jewett Field.

Rail Service[]

  • Amtrak
  • Canadian National Railway
  • CSX Transportation
  • Norfolk Southern Railway

Bus Service[]

  • Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA)
  • Greyhound Lines

Highways[]

  • I-96.svg I-96
  • I-496.svg I-496
  • Business Loop 69.svg I-69 Business Loop serves the cities of Lansing and East Lansing.
  • Business Loop 96.svg I-96 Business Loop serves the city of Lansing.
  • US 127.svg US-127
  • CapitolLoop.svg Capitol Loop
  • M-36.svg M-36
  • M-43.svg M-43
  • M-52.svg M-52
  • M-99.svg M-99
  • M-106.svg M-106
  • M-143.svg M-143
  • M-188.svg M-188

Recreational[]

  • Lansing River Trail

Geography[]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 560.94 square miles (1,452.8 km2), of which 559.19 square miles (1,448.3 km2) (or 99.69%) is land and 1.75 square miles (4.5 km2) (or 0.31%) is water.[2]

The county consists of gently rolling hills with an elevation ranging between 800 to 1,000 feet above sea level. The highest point in the county is the top of Teaspoon Hill rising to a height of 1,056 feet above sea level 1.5 miles north of the city Leslie.[3]

The Grand River winds northward along the western boundary of the county and the Red Cedar River flows west across the northern section into the Grand River in Lansing. Most of the midsection of the county drains to the north into the Red Cedar River and the northern tier of townships drain to the south into the Cedar. The Sycamore Creek, flowing northwest into the Red Cedar in Lansing, drains much of the midsection of the county. Most of the southern portion of the county drains south or west into the Grand River. The southeastern corner drains to the southeast into the Huron River via the Portage Creek and Portage River and a series of small lakes.

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 39,818
1910 53,310 33.9%
1920 81,554 53.0%
1930 116,587 43.0%
1940 130,616 12.0%
1950 172,941 32.4%
1960 211,296 22.2%
1970 261,039 23.5%
1980 275,520 5.5%
1990 281,912 2.3%
2000 279,320 −0.9%
2010 280,895 0.6%

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 279,320 people, 108,593 households, and 63,744 families residing in the county. The population density was 500 people per square mile (193/km²). There were 115,056 housing units at an average density of 206 per square mile (79/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.46% White, 10.86% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 3.68% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.42% from other races, and 2.99% from two or more races. 5.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.7% were of German, 10.1% English, 8.4% Irish and 6.4% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 90.0% spoke English and 3.8% Spanish as their first language.

There were 108,593 households out of which 29.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.00% were married couples living together, 12.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.30% were non-families. 30.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 18.50% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 20.10% from 45 to 64, and 9.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 93.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,774, and the median income for a family was $53,063. Males had a median income of $40,335 versus $30,178 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,079. About 8.30% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.60% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of those age 65 or over.

Government[]

United States presidential election results for Ingham County, Michigan[5]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 47,639 32.96% 94,212 65.18% 2,699 1.87%
2016 43,868 33.20% 79,110 59.87% 9,157 6.93%
2012 45,306 35.31% 80,847 63.01% 2,157 1.68%
2008 46,483 32.50% 93,994 65.72% 2,549 1.78%
2004 54,734 41.14% 76,877 57.78% 1,442 1.08%
2000 47,314 39.23% 69,231 57.41% 4,050 3.36%
1996 43,096 36.89% 63,584 54.43% 10,135 8.68%
1992 43,926 32.83% 61,596 46.04% 28,270 21.13%
1988 58,363 50.56% 55,984 48.50% 1,088 0.94%
1984 68,753 59.23% 46,411 39.98% 919 0.79%
1980 56,777 45.19% 48,278 38.43% 20,576 16.38%
1976 66,729 55.92% 47,890 40.13% 4,708 3.95%
1972 63,376 53.60% 53,458 45.21% 1,409 1.19%
1968 46,805 51.46% 37,362 41.08% 6,786 7.46%
1964 32,965 37.97% 53,685 61.83% 179 0.21%
1960 54,655 62.89% 32,043 36.87% 209 0.24%
1956 55,211 66.80% 27,323 33.06% 120 0.15%
1952 51,503 67.62% 24,125 31.68% 533 0.70%
1948 31,868 60.61% 19,366 36.83% 1,341 2.55%
1944 34,255 58.74% 23,655 40.57% 403 0.69%
1940 32,565 56.75% 24,375 42.48% 442 0.77%
1936 19,434 40.23% 27,086 56.06% 1,793 3.71%
1932 21,044 47.24% 22,370 50.22% 1,131 2.54%
1928 29,383 78.90% 7,654 20.55% 206 0.55%
1924 28,005 81.16% 4,814 13.95% 1,686 4.89%
1920 18,437 69.63% 7,061 26.67% 982 3.71%
1916 7,846 47.76% 7,664 46.65% 917 5.58%
1912 3,515 26.71% 3,915 29.75% 5,729 43.54%
1908 6,723 53.69% 5,016 40.06% 782 6.25%
1904 6,817 60.55% 3,871 34.38% 571 5.07%
1900 5,350 49.60% 5,104 47.32% 333 3.09%
1896 4,958 45.43% 5,691 52.14% 265 2.43%
1892 4,341 44.08% 4,061 41.23% 1,447 14.69%
1888 4,547 45.71% 4,782 48.07% 619 6.22%
1884 3,709 42.36% 4,562 52.11% 484 5.53%



The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The 14-member county board of commissioners controls the budget, but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances due to Michigan's large devolution of local power to cities, villages, and townships. The county board of commissioners also hires a county administrator/controller who serves as the chief fiscal and administrative officer of the county.

Elected officials[]

  • Prosecuting Attorney: Carol Siemon (D)
  • Sheriff: Scott Wriggelsworth (D)
  • County Clerk: Barb Byrum (D)
  • Register of Deeds: Derrick Quinney (D)
  • County Treasurer: Eric Schertzing (D)
  • Drain Commissioner: Patrick Lindemann (D)

County Board of Commissioners[]

14 members, elected from districts (11 Democrats, 3 Republicans)

District Commissioner Party
1 Victor Celentino Dem
2 Ryan Sebolt Dem
3 Derrell Slaughter, Vice Chair Dem
4 Bryan Crenshaw, Chair Dem
5 Todd Tennis Dem
6 Randy Maiville, Vice Chair Pro Tem Rep
7 Chris Trubac Dem
8 Mark Grebner Dem
9 Erin Graham Dem
10 Robert Peña Dem
11 Emily Stivers Dem
12 Mark Polsdorfer Dem
13 Randy Schafer Rep
14 Robin Naeyaert Rep

30th Judicial Circuit Court[]

9 judges (non-partisan)

    • Judge Richard Garcia, Chief Circuit & Probate Court Judge
    • Judge Shauna Dunnings, Chief Circuit & Probate Judge Pro Tempore
    • Judge Lisa McCormick
    • Judge Carol Koenig
    • Judge Joyce Draganchuk, Presiding Judge - General Trial Division
    • Judge Rosemarie Aquilina
    • Judge Clinton Canady III
    • Judge James Jamo
    • Judge Wanda Stokes

Cities, villages, and townships[]

Cities

Villages

  • Dansville
  • Stockbridge
  • Webberville

Unincorporated

  • Edgemont Park
  • Fitchburg
  • Haslett
  • Holt
  • Okemos


Townships

  • Alaiedon Township
  • Aurelius Township
  • Bunker Hill Township
  • Delhi Charter Township
  • Ingham Township
  • Lansing Charter Township
  • Leroy Township
  • Leslie Township
  • Vevay Township
  • Wheatfield Township
  • White Oak Township
  • Williamstown Township


See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Ingham County, Michigan

References[]

External links[]

Coordinates: 42°36′N 84°22′W / 42.60, -84.37


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