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Ionia County, Michigan
IoniaCountyCouthouseIoniaMi.jpg
Ionia County Courthouse in Ionia
Seal of Ionia County, Michigan
Seal
Map of Michigan highlighting Ionia County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded March 2, 1831 (created)
1837 (organized)[1]
Named for Ionia
Seat Ionia
Largest city Ionia
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

580 sq mi (1,502 km²)
571 sq mi (1,479 km²)
8.7 sq mi (23 km²), 1.5%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

66,804
112/sq mi (43/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Ionia County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 66,804.[2] The county seat is Ionia.[3] The Ionia County Courthouse was designed by Claire Allen, a prominent southern Michigan architect.

Ionia County is part of the Grand Rapids-Kentwood, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[]

The county is named for Ionia, a historic area of Greece.[4] It was defined by act of the Territorial Legislature in 1831, and was organized in 1837.[1]

Geography[]

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 580 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 571 square miles (1,480 km2) is land and 8.7 square miles (23 km2) (1.5%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[]

Major highways[]

  • I-96
  • M-21
  • M-44
  • M-50
  • M-66
  • M-91

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,923
1850 7,597 295.1%
1860 16,682 119.6%
1870 27,681 65.9%
1880 33,872 22.4%
1890 32,801 −3.2%
1900 34,329 4.7%
1910 33,550 −2.3%
1920 33,087 −1.4%
1930 35,093 6.1%
1940 35,710 1.8%
1950 38,158 6.9%
1960 43,132 13.0%
1970 45,848 6.3%
1980 51,815 13.0%
1990 57,024 10.1%
2000 61,518 7.9%
2010 63,905 3.9%
US Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[2]

As of the 2000 census,[10] there were 61,518 people, 20,606 households, and 15,145 families residing in the county. The population density was 107 people per square mile (41/km2). There were 22,006 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.96% White, 4.56% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. 2.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.0% were of German, 14.7% American, 11.6% English, 8.9% Irish and 5.3% Dutch ancestry, 96.3% spoke English and 2.6% Spanish as their first language.

There were 20,606 households, out of which 38.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 21.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.15.

The county's population spread included 26.90% under the age of 18, 11.50% from 18 to 24, 31.00% from 25 to 44, 20.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 115.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,074, and the median income for a family was $49,797. Males had a median income of $36,995 versus $25,443 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,451. About 6.80% of families and 8.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.40% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

Government[]

Ionia County has been reliably Republican from the beginning. Since 1884, the Republican Party nominee has carried the county vote in 82% of the elections (29 of 35 elections).

United States presidential election results for Ionia County, Michigan[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 20,657 64.13% 10,901 33.84% 651 2.02%
2016 16,635 61.52% 8,352 30.89% 2,052 7.59%
2012 14,315 55.36% 11,018 42.61% 523 2.02%
2008 14,156 51.74% 12,565 45.93% 638 2.33%
2004 16,621 60.18% 10,647 38.55% 350 1.27%
2000 13,915 58.05% 9,481 39.55% 574 2.39%
1996 9,574 44.63% 9,261 43.17% 2,617 12.20%
1992 9,135 38.35% 8,370 35.14% 6,317 26.52%
1988 12,028 59.05% 8,160 40.06% 181 0.89%
1984 14,162 70.69% 5,735 28.62% 138 0.69%
1980 12,040 57.38% 7,039 33.55% 1,903 9.07%
1976 11,737 62.46% 6,820 36.29% 234 1.25%
1972 10,898 62.57% 6,240 35.83% 278 1.60%
1968 8,625 54.01% 6,055 37.92% 1,288 8.07%
1964 5,698 35.36% 10,362 64.31% 53 0.33%
1960 10,405 61.81% 6,377 37.88% 52 0.31%
1956 11,001 68.76% 4,952 30.95% 46 0.29%
1952 10,970 69.35% 4,722 29.85% 127 0.80%
1948 7,970 62.60% 4,450 34.95% 311 2.44%
1944 9,331 67.06% 4,437 31.89% 146 1.05%
1940 9,439 63.28% 5,399 36.20% 78 0.52%
1936 6,487 43.88% 7,140 48.30% 1,155 7.81%
1932 6,074 40.23% 8,695 57.58% 331 2.19%
1928 9,471 74.91% 3,089 24.43% 83 0.66%
1924 9,502 73.21% 2,821 21.74% 656 5.05%
1920 7,977 67.59% 3,395 28.77% 430 3.64%
1916 3,950 48.36% 3,911 47.88% 307 3.76%
1912 2,049 26.50% 2,757 35.66% 2,926 37.84%
1908 4,584 54.77% 3,232 38.61% 554 6.62%
1904 5,440 63.81% 2,729 32.01% 356 4.18%
1900 5,101 54.31% 4,055 43.18% 236 2.51%
1896 4,593 48.35% 4,757 50.08% 149 1.57%
1892 4,288 49.45% 3,779 43.58% 604 6.97%
1888 4,436 50.95% 3,779 43.41% 491 5.64%
1884 3,552 45.10% 3,814 48.43% 510 6.48%



The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, records deeds, mortgages, and vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget and has limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions—police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc.—are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

Elected officials[]

  • Prosecuting Attorney: Kyle B. Butler
  • Sheriff: Charlie D. Noll
  • County Clerk: Janae K. Cooper
  • County Treasurer: Judith Clark
  • Register of Deeds: Diane M. Adams
  • Drain Commissioner: Robert Rose
  • County Commissioner District 1: David Hodges
  • County Commissioner District 2: Larry Tiejema
  • County Commissioner District 3: James L. Banks
  • County Commissioner District 4: Chris Bredice
  • County Commissioner District 5: Scott Wirtz
  • County Commissioner District 6: Jack Shattuck
  • County Commissioner District 7: Georgia Sharp

(information as of May 2019)

Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Belding
  • Ionia (county seat)
  • Portland

Villages[]

  • Clarksville
  • Hubbardston (part)
  • Lake Odessa
  • Lyons
  • Muir
  • Palo
  • Pewamo
  • Saranac

Townships[]

  • Berlin Township
  • Boston Township
  • Campbell Township
  • Danby Township
  • Easton Township
  • Ionia Township
  • Keene Township
  • Lyons Township
  • North Plains Township
  • Odessa Township
  • Orange Township
  • Orleans Township
  • Otisco Township
  • Portland Township
  • Ronald Township
  • Sebewa Township

See also[]

  • List of Michigan State Historic Sites in Ionia County, Michigan
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Ionia County, Michigan

References[]

External links[]

Template:Ionia County, Michigan Template:West Michigan

Coordinates: 42°56′N 85°04′W / 42.94, -85.07

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