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Manistee County, Michigan
Manistee Courthouse Fountain.jpg
Manistee County Courthouse Fountain
Map of Michigan highlighting Manistee County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1840, organized in 1855[1]
Seat Manistee
Largest city Manistee
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,281 sq mi (3,318 km²)
542 sq mi (1,404 km²)
738 sq mi (1,911 km²), 58%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

25,032
46/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.manisteecountymi.gov

Manistee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 25,032.[2] The county seat is Manistee.[3] The name "Manistee" is from an Ojibwe word first applied to the principal river of the county.[1] The derivation is not certain,[4] but it may be from ministigweyaa, "river with islands at its mouth".[1][5][6] See also, List of Michigan county name etymologies and Kaministiquia River.

History[]

The county was set off in 1840 and organized in 1855.[1]

Historical markers[]

There are thirteen recognized Michigan historical markers in the county:[7]

  • Harriet Quimby / Childhood Home
  • John J. Makinen Bottle House
  • First Congregational Church, Manistee
  • Great Fire of 1871
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Rectory
  • Kaleva, Michigan
  • Manistee City Library
  • Manistee Fire Hall
  • Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
  • Ramsdell Theatre
  • Trinity Lutheran Church [Arcadia]
  • William Douglas House

Government[]

United States presidential election results for Manistee County, Michigan[8]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 8,321 56.69% 6,107 41.60% 251 1.71%
2016 6,915 54.62% 4,979 39.33% 766 6.05%
2012 5,737 46.26% 6,473 52.19% 192 1.55%
2008 5,510 42.36% 7,235 55.62% 264 2.03%
2004 6,295 49.41% 6,272 49.23% 173 1.36%
2000 5,401 47.26% 5,639 49.34% 388 3.40%
1996 3,807 36.12% 5,383 51.08% 1,349 12.80%
1992 3,491 29.96% 5,193 44.57% 2,967 25.47%
1988 5,368 52.58% 4,765 46.67% 77 0.75%
1984 6,328 61.45% 3,917 38.04% 53 0.51%
1980 5,662 52.91% 4,164 38.91% 876 8.19%
1976 5,532 54.59% 4,479 44.20% 123 1.21%
1972 5,070 57.20% 3,625 40.90% 168 1.90%
1968 4,007 48.24% 3,671 44.20% 628 7.56%
1964 2,918 34.56% 5,520 65.37% 6 0.07%
1960 4,867 54.08% 4,122 45.81% 10 0.11%
1956 5,313 63.74% 3,014 36.16% 9 0.11%
1952 5,235 62.50% 3,114 37.18% 27 0.32%
1948 3,913 52.89% 3,339 45.13% 147 1.99%
1944 4,095 54.38% 3,398 45.13% 37 0.49%
1940 4,630 52.07% 4,242 47.71% 20 0.22%
1936 3,509 42.02% 4,542 54.40% 299 3.58%
1932 3,256 40.12% 4,475 55.14% 384 4.73%
1928 4,129 60.73% 2,624 38.59% 46 0.68%
1924 3,701 58.09% 1,314 20.62% 1,356 21.28%
1920 2,179 47.68% 2,184 47.79% 207 4.53%
1916 2,360 50.17% 2,177 46.28% 167 3.55%
1912 1,240 26.27% 1,790 37.92% 1,691 35.82%
1908 2,706 56.79% 1,799 37.75% 260 5.46%
1904 3,155 67.43% 1,235 26.39% 289 6.18%
1900 3,152 56.33% 2,336 41.74% 108 1.93%
1896 2,697 50.65% 2,487 46.70% 141 2.65%
1892 1,481 35.42% 2,310 55.25% 390 9.33%
1888 1,668 39.23% 2,328 54.75% 256 6.02%
1884 1,305 38.46% 1,926 56.76% 162 4.77%



Alongside Polk County, North Carolina, Manistee County was the only county in the United States in which James M. Cox and Charles Evans Hughes both won, as the chart above shows.

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 county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only 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: Jason Haag
  • Sheriff: Brian Gutowski
  • County Clerk: Jill Nowak
  • County Treasurer: Rachel Nelson
  • Register of Deeds: Penny Pepera
  • Drain Commissioner: Ken Hilliard
  • County Surveyor: Patrick Bentley

(information as of February 2012)

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,281 square miles (3,320 km2), of which 542 square miles (1,400 km2) is land and 738 square miles (1,910 km2) (58%) is water.[9] Manistee County is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Manistee National Forest (part)
  • Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness

Transportation[]

Airport[]

Manistee County-Blacker Airport is approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) northeast of Manistee.

Major highways[]

  • US 31 runs through Manistee and Bear Lake
  • M-22 begins 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Manistee and goes through Onekama and Arcadia
  • M-55 begins 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Manistee and runs across the Lower Peninsula to Tawas City
  • M-115 comes from Wexford County
  • M-110 unsigned highway that connects US 31 in Manistee to Orchard Beach State Park

Bicycle routes[]

  • [[Template:Infobox road/MI/link USBR|Template:Infobox road/MI/abbrev USBR]] comes from Mason County and goes through Manistee, Onekama, and Arcadia to proceed north to Benzie County with M-22

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 975
1870 6,074 523.0%
1880 12,532 106.3%
1890 24,230 93.3%
1900 27,856 15.0%
1910 26,688 −4.2%
1920 20,899 −21.7%
1930 17,409 −16.7%
1940 18,450 6.0%
1950 18,524 0.4%
1960 19,042 2.8%
1970 20,094 5.5%
1980 23,019 14.6%
1990 21,265 −7.6%
2000 24,527 15.3%
2010 24,733 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2020[2]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 24,527 people, 9,860 households, and 6,714 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (17/km2). There were 14,272 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.16% White, 1.63% Black or African American, 1.30% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.01% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. 2.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.5% were of German, 16.9% Polish, 8.8% English, 8.8% American and 7.1% Irish ancestry. 96.2% spoke English and 2.3% Spanish as their first language.

There were 9,860 households, out of which 27.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.90% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 22.60% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 18.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 103.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,208, and the median income for a family was $41,664. Males had a median income of $33,211 versus $20,851 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,204. About 6.90% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.50% of those under age 18 and 7.90% of those age 65 or over.

Towns[]

City[]

  • Manistee (county seat)

Villages[]

  • Bear Lake
  • Copemish
  • Eastlake
  • Kaleva
  • Onekama

Census-designated places[]

  • Arcadia
  • Filer City
  • Oak Hill
  • Parkdale
  • Stronach
  • Wellston

Other unincorporated communities[]

  • Marilla
  • Norwalk
  • Pierport

Townships[]

  • Arcadia Township
  • Bear Lake Township
  • Brown Township
  • Cleon Township
  • Dickson Township
  • Filer Charter Township
  • Manistee Township
  • Maple Grove Township
  • Marilla Township
  • Norman Township
  • Onekama Township
  • Pleasanton Township
  • Springdale Township
  • Stronach Township

See also[]

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

References[]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bibliography on Manistee County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. http://clarke.cmich.edu/resource_tab/bibliographies_of_clarke_library_material/michigan_local_history/county_material/manistee.html. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/manisteecountymichigan/POP010220. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  4. ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American Place Names of the United States. Norman: Oklahoma University Press, pg. 265
  5. ^ County place names Script error: No such module "webarchive".
  6. ^ "Manistee County, Michigan". 50-State Learning Resource Guide. http://www.e-referencedesk.com/resources/counties/michigan/manistee.html. 
  7. ^ "Michigan Historical Markers". http://www.michmarkers.com/Frameset.htm. 
  8. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  9. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_26.txt. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/mi190090.txt. 
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  14. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 

Further reading[]

Template:Manistee County, Michigan Template:Northern Michigan

Coordinates: 44°18′N 86°19′W / 44.30, -86.31

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