Shiawassee County, Michigan
Shiawassee // is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 70,648. The county seat is Corunna, 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.
Location within the U.S. state of Michigan
Michigan's location within the U.S.
|Founded||September 10, 1822 (created)|
|Named for||Shiawassee River|
|• Total||541 sq mi (1,400 km2)|
|• Land||531 sq mi (1,380 km2)|
|• Water||10 sq mi (30 km2) 1.9%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||130/sq mi (51/km2)|
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. 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.
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. 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.
- 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.
- Durand Union Station in Durand offers access to Amtrak's Blue Water route. The train runs from Port Huron to Chicago.
|US Decennial Census|
As of the 2010 United States Census, 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.
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 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.
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).
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.
- 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: Deana M. Finnegan (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; Ric Crawford; John Michalec
- Commissioner District 1: Marlene Webster (R)
- Commissioner District 2: John Horvath (D)
- Commissioner District 3: Gary Holzhausen (R)
- Commissioner District 4: Brandon Marks (R)
- Commissioner District 5: Jeremy R. Root (R)
- Commissioner District 6: Cindy Garber (R)
- Commissioner District 7: John Plowman (R)
(information as of January 2018)
Townships, villages and unincorporated communitiesEdit
The county's townships and the villages, census designated places and unincorporated communities within the townships.
|Township||type||Village(s)||Census designated place(s)||Unincorporated communities|
|Antrim||general law||Antrim Center|
|Burns||general law||Byron||Union Plains|
|Hazelton||general law||New Lothrop||Juddville|
|New Haven||general law|
|Perry||general law||Morrice||Forest Green Estates|
|Rush||general law||Henderson||Five Points North|
Wolf Crossing (part)
|Shiawassee Township||general law||Bancroft||Newburg|
|Venice Township||general law||Lennon (part)|
|Vernon Township||general law||Vernon|
|Woodhull Township||general law||Shaftsburg|
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