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Shiawassee County, Michigan
Shiawassee County Courthouse 2.jpg
Shiawassee County Courthouse in Corunna
Map of Michigan highlighting Shiawassee County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded September 10, 1822 (created)
1837 (organized)[1]
Named for Shiawassee River
Seat Corunna
Largest city Owosso
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

541 sq mi (1,401 km²)
531 sq mi (1,375 km²)
10 sq mi (26 km²), 1.9%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

68,094
132/sq mi (51/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Shiawassee /ˌʃ.əˈwɒs/ is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 68,094. The county seat is Corunna,[2] and the largest city in the county is Owosso. In 2010, the center of population of Michigan was located in Shiawassee County, in Bennington Township.[3]

Shiawassee County is included in the Lansing-East Lansing, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[]

In 1822, the Michigan Territorial legislature defined a new county, Shiawassee (named for the river), taken from portions of existing Oakland and St. Clair counties. However, for purposes of representation, revenue, and judicial matters, the area was temporarily assigned to adjoining county governments.[1] In early 1837, the Michigan Territory was admitted into the Union as the State of Michigan, and that same year the new Michigan State government authorized the organization of a county government in Shiawassee.[1]

Geography[]

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 541 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 531 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (1.9%) is water.[4] The Shiawassee River enters it from Genesee County in the southeast and flows through Corunna and Owosso in the center of the county, exiting to Saginaw County in the north. Shiawassee County is considered to be a part of Central Michigan.

Adjacent counties[]

Transportation[]

Highways[]

  • I-69 - enters near SW corner of county. Runs ENE past Shaftsburg, Perry, Morrice, Bancroft, Durand. Exits running east into Genesee County.
  • M-13 - runs along the east line of county, from NE corner to intersection with I69 one mile (1.6 km) south of Lennon.
  • M-21 - runs east-west through upper middle of county, passing Corunna and Owosso.
  • M-52 - enters north line of county at Oakley. Runs south to Owosso, then SW and south to Perry. Exits running south into Ingham County.
  • M-71 - begins at Owosso. Runs ESE to intersection with I69, one mile (1.6 km) NW of Durand.

Rail[]

  • Durand Union Station in Durand offers access to Amtrak's Blue Water route. The train runs from Port Huron to Chicago.

Airport[]

Owosso Community Airport – 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Owosso. Public airport for general aviation, primarily smaller aircraft.

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,103
1850 5,230 148.7%
1860 12,349 136.1%
1870 20,858 68.9%
1880 27,059 29.7%
1890 30,952 14.4%
1900 33,866 9.4%
1910 33,246 −1.8%
1920 35,924 8.1%
1930 39,517 10.0%
1940 41,207 4.3%
1950 45,967 11.6%
1960 53,446 16.3%
1970 63,075 18.0%
1980 71,140 12.8%
1990 69,770 −1.9%
2000 71,687 2.7%
2010 70,648 −1.4%
US Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020

As of the 2010 United States Census,[9] Shiawassee County had a 2010 population of 70,648. This decrease of -1,039 people from the 2000 United States Census represents a decrease of 1.4% during that ten-year period. In 2010 there were 27,481 households and 19,397 families in the county. The population density was 133.1 per square mile (51.4 square kilometers). There were 30,319 housing units at an average density of 57.1 per square mile (22.0 per km2). 96.7% of the population were White, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.5% of some other race and 1.5% of two or more races. 2.4% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 22.2% were of German, 21.8% English, 9.5% Irish, 5.2% French, French Canadian or Cajun and 5.1% Polish ancestry according to 2010 American Community Survey.[10]

There were 27,481 households, out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were husband and wife families, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.4% were non-families, and 24.2% were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.99.

The county population contained 24.1% under age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The 2010 American Community Survey 1-year estimate[9] indicates the median income for a household in the county was $46,528 and the median income for a family was $52,614. Males had a median income of $32,155 versus $19,301 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,103. About 10.6% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under the age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Government[]

Shiawassee County has tended to vote Republican since the beginning. Since 1884, the Republican Party nominee has carried 74% of the elections (25 of 34).

United States presidential election results for Shiawassee County, Michigan[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 23,149 58.90% 15,347 39.05% 805 2.05%
2016 19,230 56.37% 12,546 36.78% 2,335 6.85%
2012 15,962 47.39% 17,197 51.06% 520 1.54%
2008 16,268 44.67% 19,397 53.27% 750 2.06%
2004 19,407 52.95% 16,881 46.06% 363 0.99%
2000 15,816 49.09% 15,520 48.17% 882 2.74%
1996 11,714 38.56% 14,662 48.27% 3,999 13.17%
1992 10,930 33.78% 12,629 39.03% 8,801 27.20%
1988 15,506 53.94% 13,056 45.42% 186 0.65%
1984 18,756 65.97% 9,514 33.46% 161 0.57%
1980 15,756 51.71% 11,985 39.33% 2,729 8.96%
1976 15,113 54.52% 12,202 44.02% 406 1.46%
1972 15,489 61.62% 8,932 35.53% 715 2.84%
1968 11,465 50.88% 8,619 38.25% 2,448 10.86%
1964 7,786 36.21% 13,676 63.60% 41 0.19%
1960 13,757 60.86% 8,773 38.81% 74 0.33%
1956 14,600 67.75% 6,873 31.89% 78 0.36%
1952 13,562 68.41% 6,056 30.55% 206 1.04%
1948 10,377 66.97% 4,852 31.31% 267 1.72%
1944 11,601 68.41% 5,292 31.21% 64 0.38%
1940 9,995 63.24% 5,727 36.24% 82 0.52%
1936 6,017 43.36% 6,666 48.03% 1,195 8.61%
1932 6,600 44.19% 8,002 53.58% 334 2.24%
1928 9,851 79.40% 2,496 20.12% 60 0.48%
1924 8,987 72.99% 1,738 14.12% 1,588 12.90%
1920 7,194 69.93% 2,595 25.23% 498 4.84%
1916 3,926 51.29% 3,308 43.22% 420 5.49%
1912 2,309 30.05% 1,957 25.47% 3,417 44.47%
1908 4,199 57.96% 2,339 32.28% 707 9.76%
1904 5,553 66.19% 2,241 26.71% 596 7.10%
1900 5,051 56.69% 3,441 38.62% 418 4.69%
1896 4,654 50.50% 4,303 46.69% 259 2.81%
1892 3,619 47.17% 2,994 39.02% 1,060 13.81%
1888 4,007 51.91% 3,187 41.29% 525 6.80%
1884 2,705 41.71% 3,141 48.43% 640 9.87%



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.

COVID-19 hazard pay scandal[]

On July 25, 2021, it was revealed that the county's board of commissioners paid themselves a total of $65,000 out of a $557,000 federal relief funds earmarked for county employee hazard pay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees typically received $1,000 to $2,000. The seven member board of commissioners (all of whom were Republicans) voted themselves $5,000 for four members, $10,000 for two, and the chairman of the county commissioners $25,000. Following days of criticism, a Shiawassee prosecutor declared the bonuses illegal; commissioners responded that they would return the money.[12]

Elected officials[]

  • Governor: Gretchen Whitmer (D)
  • Lt. Governor: Garlin Gilchrist (D)
  • Attorney General: Dana Nessel (D)
  • Secretary of State: Jocelyn Benson (D)
  • State Senator 24th District: Tom Barrett (R)
  • State Rep. 85th District: Ben Frederick (R)
  • U.S.Rep 4th District: John Moolenaar (R)
  • Prosecutor: Scott Koerner (R)
  • Sheriff: Brian BeGole (R)
  • County Clerk: Caroline Wilson (R)
  • County Treasurer: Thomas W. Dwyer (R)
  • Register of Deeds: Lori Kimble (R)
  • Drain Commissioner: Tony Newman (D)
  • County Surveyor: William Wascher (R)
  • Road Commissioners: Mike Constine (R); Ric Crawford (R); John Michalec (D)
  • Commissioner District 1: Marlene Webster (R)
  • Commissioner District 2: Greg Brodeur (R)
  • Commissioner District 3: Gary Holzhausen (R)
  • Commissioner District 4: Brandon Marks (R)
  • Commissioner District 5: Brad Howard (R)
  • Commissioner District 6: Cindy Garber (R)
  • Commissioner District 7: John Plowman (R)

(information as of March 2022)

Communities[]

U.S. Census data map showing local municipal boundaries within Shiawassee County. Shaded areas represent incorporated cities.

Cities[]

  • Corunna (county seat)
  • Durand
  • Laingsburg
  • Ovid (partial)
  • Owosso
  • Perry

Villages[]

  • Bancroft
  • Byron
  • Lennon
  • Morrice
  • New Lothrop
  • Vernon

Charter townships[]

  • Caledonia Charter Township
  • Owosso Charter Township

Civil townships[]

  • Antrim Township
  • Bennington Township
  • Burns Township
  • Fairfield Township
  • Hazelton Township
  • Middlebury Township
  • New Haven Township
  • Perry Township
  • Rush Township
  • Sciota Township
  • Shiawassee Township
  • Venice Township
  • Vernon Township
  • Woodhull Township

Census-designated places[]

  • Henderson
  • Middletown

Other unincorporated communities[]

  • Antrim Center
  • Bennington
  • Burton
  • Carland
  • Easton
  • Five Points
  • Five Points North
  • Forest Green Estates
  • Hoovers Corners
  • Juddville
  • Kerby
  • Newburg
  • New Haven
  • Nicholson
  • Olney Corners
  • Pittsburg
  • Shaftsburg
  • Shiawasseetown
  • Smith Crossing
  • Union Plains
  • Wolf Crossing

See also[]

  • List of Michigan State Historic Sites in Shiawassee County, Michigan
  • McArthur Mining Company – Michigan's first coal mine.
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Shiawassee County, Michigan

References[]

  1. ^ a b c "Bibliography on Shiawassee County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. https://www.cmich.edu/library/clarke/AccessMaterials/Bibliographies/MichiganLocalHistory/Pages/shiawassee.aspx. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. https://ce.naco.org/. 
  3. ^ "Centers of Population by State: 2010". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/geo/reference/docs/cenpop2010/CenPop2010_Mean_ST.txt. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_26.txt. 
  5. ^ "US Decennial Census". US 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". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/mi190090.txt. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  9. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  10. ^ "2010 Data Release – Data & Documentation – American Community Survey – US Census Bureau". census.gov. https://www.census.gov/acs/www/data_documentation/2010_release/. 
  11. ^ US Election Atlas
  12. ^ "Michigan Republicans will return Covid relief funds used to pay own bonuses". July 25, 2021. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/25/michigan-republicans-covid-relief-funds-bonuses. 

External links[]

Template:Central Michigan

Coordinates: 42°57′N 84°08′W / 42.95, -84.14


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