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Midland County, Michigan
Seal of Midland County, Michigan
Map of Michigan highlighting Midland County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1831
Seat Midland
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

527.89 sq mi (1,367 km²)
521.19 sq mi (1,350 km²)
6.70 sq mi (17 km²), 1.27%
 - (2000)
 - Density

158/sq mi (61/km²)

Midland County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 82,874 with a projection of 82,548 in 2009. The county seat is Midland[1].


  • According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 527.89 square miles (1,367.2 km2), of which 521.19 square miles (1,349.9 km2) (or 98.73%) is land and 6.70 square miles (17.4 km2) (or 1.27%) is water.[2]
  • The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is the controlling regional body for the Catholic Church.[3]
  • Midland County is part of the Flint/Tri-Cities.


US Highways[]

  • US 10.svg US 10
  • Business plate.svg
    US 10.svg BUS US 10 a business loop serving the city of Midland.

Michigan State Highways[]

  • M-18.svg M-18
  • M-20.svg M-20
  • M-30.svg M-30


Scheduled airline service is available from MBS International Airport[4] near Freeland, Michigan and Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan.[5] Midland also has a general aviation airport, Jack Barstow Municipal Airport.[6]

Public Transportation[]

There is no regularly scheduled public transportation (bus service). Residents can call in advance to schedule pickup for transport within the county by two government sponsored agencies ("Dial-A-Ride" within the city of Midland and "County Connection" for those outside the city of Midland but still within Midland County) for a nominal fee.[7]

Adjacent counties[]


As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 82,874 people, 31,769 households, and 22,683 families residing in the county. The population density was 159 people per square mile (61/km²). There were 33,796 housing units at an average density of 65 per square mile (25/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.50% White, 1.05% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 1.49% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. 1.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.6% were of German, 11.5% English, 10.2% United States or American, 8.9% Irish and 6.1% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.7% spoke English and 1.6% Spanish as their first language.

There were 31,769 households out of which 34.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.10% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 12.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,674, and the median income for a family was $55,483. Males had a median income of $45,656 versus $27,470 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,383. About 5.70% of families and 8.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.50% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.


Midland County predominantly supports the Republican Party, in contrast to the neighboring counties of Saginaw and Bay, who mainly support the Democratic Party.

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican candidate John McCain received 22,263 votes (50.83% of the county's share) to Democrat Barack Obama's 20,701 (47.26%), even as Obama carried the state by a double-digit margin.[9]

In 2004, Republican president George W. Bush received 24,369 (56.31%) votes to Democrat John Kerry's 18,355 (42.41%).[10]

In 2000, Bush received 21,887 votes (56.28%) to Democrat Al Gore's 15,959 (41.04%).[11]


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.

Midland County elected officials[]

  • Prosecuting Attorney: Michael D. Carpenter
  • Sheriff: Jerry A. Nielsen
  • County Clerk: Ann Manary
  • County Treasurer: Richard A. Enszer
  • Register of Deeds: Julie Atkinson
  • Drain Commissioner: Douglas D. Enos

(information as of October 2010)

County Board of Commissioners[]

7 members, elected from districts (2 Democrats, 5 Republican)

District Commissioner Party Positions
1 Howard Schoenherr Democrat Chair of Administrations & Operations Committee
2 Mark Bone Republican Chair of Executive Committee
3 James Leigeb Republican Chair of Law Enforcement and Judiciary Committee
4 Richard Keenan Republican
5 Otis Wilson Republican Chair of Finance Committee
6 James Bradley Republican Chairman of the Board
7 Rose Marie McQuaid Democrat Chair of Human Services Committee

Cities, villages, and townships[]



  • Sanford, Village


  • Edenville Township
  • Geneva Township
  • Greendale Township
  • Homer Township
  • Hope Township
  • Ingersoll Township
  • Jasper Township
  • Jerome Township
  • Larkin Charter Township
  • Lee Township
  • Lincoln Township
  • Midland Charter Township
  • Mills Township
  • Mount Haley Township
  • Porter Township
  • Warren Township

Midland County, MI Township boundary map

See also[]

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


External links[]

Coordinates: 43°38′N 84°23′W / 43.64, -84.39

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