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Missaukee County, Michigan
Map of Michigan highlighting Missaukee County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1871
Seat Lake City
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

574 sq mi (1,487 km²)

7 sq mi (18 km²), 1.23%
 - (2000)
 - Density

26/sq mi (10/km²)

Missaukee County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 14,478. The county seat is Lake City6.


Missaukee County was organized in 1871, and is named after a prominent American Indian chief, Nesaukee, whose name means Large mouth of the river.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,486 km² (574 sq mi). 1,468 km² (567 sq mi) of it is land and 18 km² (7 sq mi) of it (1.23%) is water.

Major highways[]

Adjacent counties[]


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 14,478 people, 5,450 households, and 4,043 families residing in the county. The population density was 10/km² (26/sq mi). There were 8,621 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (15/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.50% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 1.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 97.9% spoke English and 1.1% Spanish as their first language.

There were 5,450 households out of which 34.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.80% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.80% were non-families. 21.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,224, and the median income for a family was $39,057. Males had a median income of $30,565 versus $20,905 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,072. About 8.20% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.20% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics[]

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.

Missaukee County elected officials[]

(information as of September 2005)

Election history[]

Missaukee County is one of Michigan's most strongly Republican counties. In 2004, Republican George W. Bush received 68.1% in Missaukee County, his second highest percentage among Michigan's 83 counties. In 2002, Republican gubernatorial nominee Dick Posthumus received 66.1% in Missaukee, which also ranked it as the #2 most Republican county in the state.

Cities and Townships[]



External links[]

Coordinates: 44°20′N 85°06′W / 44.34, -85.10

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