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Montcalm County, Michigan
Giles Gilbert House.jpg
Giles Gilbert House
Map of Michigan highlighting Montcalm County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1738 (created)
1850 (organized)[1]
Named for Louis-Joseph de Montcalm
Seat Stanton
Largest city Greenville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

721 sq mi (1,867 km²)
705 sq mi (1,826 km²)
15 sq mi (39 km²), 2.1%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

66,614
90/sq mi (35/km²)
Congressional districts 3rd, 4th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.montcalm.org

Montcalm County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 66,614.[2] The county is geographically located in the West Michigan region of the Lower Peninsula. The county seat is Stanton, and the largest city is Greenville.[3] The county is named for General Marquis Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, military commander of French troops during the French and Indian War. The county was set off in 1831 and organized in 1850.[1]

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

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 721 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 705 square miles (1,830 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (2.1%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Manistee National Forest (part)

Major highways[]

  • US 131
  • M-46
  • M-57
  • M-66
  • M-82
  • M-91

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 891
1860 3,968 345.3%
1870 13,629 243.5%
1880 33,148 143.2%
1890 32,754 −1.2%
1900 32,754 0%
1910 32,069 −2.1%
1920 30,441 −5.1%
1930 27,471 −9.8%
1940 28,581 4.0%
1950 31,013 8.5%
1960 35,795 15.4%
1970 39,660 10.8%
1980 47,555 19.9%
1990 53,059 11.6%
2000 61,226 15.4%
2010 63,342 3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020[2]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 61,266 people, 22,079 households, and 16,183 families residing in the county. The population density was 86 people per square mile (33/km2). There were 25,900 housing units at an average density of 37 per square mile (14/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.83% White, 2.17% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. 2.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.5% were of English ancestry, 22.5% were of German ancestry, 9.5% were of Irish ancestry, 6.0% were of Dutch ancestry and 5.7% were of Danish ancestry according to the 2010 American Community Survey estimate.[10] 96.4% spoke only English at home, while 2.1% spoke Spanish.

There were 22,079 households, out of which 35.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 21.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 27.10% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 30.20% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 105.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,218, and the median income for a family was $42,823. Males had a median income of $32,635 versus $23,645 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,183. About 7.40% of families and 10.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.00% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.

Government[]

United States presidential election results for Montcalm County, Michigan[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 21,815 67.88% 9,703 30.19% 620 1.93%
2016 16,907 63.18% 7,874 29.42% 1,979 7.40%
2012 13,621 53.32% 11,430 44.74% 497 1.95%
2008 13,291 49.05% 13,208 48.75% 597 2.20%
2004 14,968 55.99% 11,471 42.91% 295 1.10%
2000 12,696 55.43% 9,627 42.03% 581 2.54%
1996 8,679 40.47% 10,053 46.88% 2,714 12.66%
1992 8,420 36.96% 8,730 38.32% 5,630 24.71%
1988 10,963 58.46% 7,664 40.87% 127 0.68%
1984 13,109 70.14% 5,491 29.38% 89 0.48%
1980 10,822 56.51% 6,706 35.02% 1,622 8.47%
1976 10,439 60.36% 6,684 38.65% 171 0.99%
1972 9,591 61.97% 5,602 36.19% 285 1.84%
1968 8,329 55.89% 5,303 35.59% 1,270 8.52%
1964 5,181 36.55% 8,970 63.27% 26 0.18%
1960 10,085 67.72% 4,767 32.01% 40 0.27%
1956 9,759 69.80% 4,189 29.96% 33 0.24%
1952 9,946 71.42% 3,844 27.60% 136 0.98%
1948 6,081 65.14% 2,999 32.13% 255 2.73%
1944 7,525 69.74% 3,168 29.36% 97 0.90%
1940 7,633 64.39% 4,119 34.74% 103 0.87%
1936 5,031 46.05% 4,950 45.31% 944 8.64%
1932 5,166 45.30% 5,704 50.02% 533 4.67%
1928 7,691 82.54% 1,572 16.87% 55 0.59%
1924 6,942 78.97% 1,396 15.88% 453 5.15%
1920 6,644 77.27% 1,695 19.71% 259 3.01%
1916 3,894 56.00% 2,801 40.28% 258 3.71%
1912 1,874 28.80% 1,373 21.10% 3,261 50.11%
1908 4,558 69.05% 1,715 25.98% 328 4.97%
1904 5,314 76.73% 1,372 19.81% 240 3.47%
1900 4,826 63.15% 2,636 34.49% 180 2.36%
1896 4,523 54.23% 3,651 43.78% 166 1.99%
1892 3,623 53.31% 2,205 32.45% 968 14.24%
1888 4,480 53.38% 3,495 41.64% 418 4.98%
1884 3,857 49.32% 3,788 48.43% 176 2.25%



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: Andrea Krause
  • Sheriff: Michael J. Williams
  • County Clerk: Kristen Millard
  • County Treasurer: JoAnne Vukin
  • Register of Deeds: Lori A. Wilson
  • Drain Commissioner: Todd Sattler
  • County Commission:Chris Johnston; Jeremy Miller; Adam Petersen; Patrick Q. Carr; Ron Baker; Scott Painter; Phil Kohn; Michael Beach; Kathy Bresnahan
  • Road Commissioners: Dale J. Linton; Bob Brundage; S. Michael Scott

(information as of August 2019)

Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Carson City
  • Greenville
  • Stanton (county seat)

Villages[]

  • Edmore
  • Howard City
  • Lakeview
  • McBride
  • Pierson
  • Sheridan

Census-designated places[]

  • Crystal
  • Trufant

Other unincorporated communities[]

  • Coral
  • Gowen
  • Vestaburg

Townships[]

  • Belvidere Township
  • Bloomer Township
  • Bushnell Township
  • Cato Township
  • Crystal Township
  • Day Township
  • Douglass Township
  • Eureka Township
  • Evergreen Township
  • Fairplain Township
  • Ferris Township
  • Home Township
  • Maple Valley Township
  • Montcalm Township
  • Pierson Township
  • Pine Township
  • Reynolds Township
  • Richland Township
  • Sidney Township
  • Winfield Township

Education[]

The county has nine libraries, including the Montcalm Community College Library, Carson City Public Library, Crystal Community Library, Flat River Community Library, Home Township Library, Reynolds Township Library, Richland Township Library, Tamarack District Library, and White Pine Library.[12]

See also[]

  • Cowden Lake
  • List of Michigan State Historic Sites in Montcalm County, Michigan
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Montcalm County, Michigan

References[]

  1. ^ a b "Bibliography on Montcalm County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. https://www.cmich.edu/library/clarke/AccessMaterials/Bibliographies/MichiganLocalHistory/Pages/montcalm.aspx. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/montcalmcountymichigan/POP010220. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/mi190090.txt. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". https://www.census.gov/acs/www/data_documentation/2010_release/. 
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  12. ^ "Community A - L: Libraries." Montcalm County. Retrieved on October 21, 2017.

External links[]

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