Oscoda County, Michigan

Oscoda County, Michigan
Oscoda County, Michigan
Map of Michigan highlighting Oscoda County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1840
Seat Mio
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

571.57 sq mi (1,480 km²)
565.00 sq mi (1,463 km²)
6.57 sq mi (17 km²), 1.15%
 - (2000)
 - Density

16/sq mi (6/km²)
Website www.OscodaCountyMi.Com

Oscoda County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 9,418. The county seat is Mio[1].


Community activities and attractions

  • See Mio.
  • The Michigan Au Sable Valley Railroad is located in Fairview. It is 1/4 scale 16 gauge railroad, that offers rides on a passenger train through the scenic Northern Michigan landscape. It operates in jack pine country during the summer months. Riders travel through parts of the Huron National Forest and overlook the beautiful Comins Creek Valley.[2]


This Henry Schoolcraft neologism is thought to be a combination of two Ojibwa words, "ossin" (stone) and "muskoda" (prairie) -- hence 'pebbly prairie.'[3] See also, [4] See, List of Michigan county name etymologies


  • According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 571.57 square miles (1,480.4 km2), of which 565.00 square miles (1,463.3 km2) (or 98.85%) is land and 6.57 square miles (17.0 km2) (or 1.15%) is water.[5]
  • Oscoda County is part of Northern Michigan.


Michigan State Trunklines

  • M-33.svg M-33 runs from Alger in Arenac County north to Cheboygan at the tip of the "mitten".
  • M-72.svg M-72 passes through Mio and the middle of the county. It is the 133 mile road that runs across the lower peninsula from Empire to Harrisville. It is one of three true cross peninsular highways.[6]

Oscoda County Intercounty Highways

  • Michigan F-32 Oscoda County.svg F-32

Geographic features

  • Mio is situated in the Au Sable River Valley.
  • The County is surrounded by the Huron National Forest and the Rifle River State Recreation Area.
  • The County is part of the Au Sable State Forest, specifically the
    • Grayling FMU (Alcona, Crawford, Oscoda, and northern Iosco counties).
  • Much of the area sits on the "Grayling outwash plain", a unique habitat.[7]
  • The Oscoda County Park offers a good vantage point.[8]

Glaciers shaped the area, creating a unique regional ecosystem. A large portion of the area is the so-called Grayling outwash plain, which consists of broad outwash plain including sandy ice-disintegration ridges; jack pine barrens, some white pine-red pine forest, and northern hardwood forest. Large lakes were created by glacial action.[9]

Adjacent counties

See also: List of counties bordering eight counties

National protected area

  • Huron National Forest (part)


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 9,418 people, 3,921 households, and 2,717 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 8,690 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.82% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. 0.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.2% were of German, 12.8% American, 9.6% English, 8.1% Polish, 6.8% French and 6.7% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 94.1% spoke English, 2.8% German and 1.5% Pennsylvania Dutch as their first language.

There were 3,921 households out of which 25.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.70% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 18, 5.60% from 18 to 24, 22.80% from 25 to 44, 28.00% from 45 to 64, and 20.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,228, and the median income for a family was $32,225. Males had a median income of $30,013 versus $20,202 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,697. About 10.30% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.


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.

Oscoda County elected officials

  • Prosecuting Attorney: Kathleen Solomon
  • Sheriff: Kevin R. Grace
  • County Clerk/Register of Deeds: Jeri Winton
  • County Treasurer: William Kendall
  • County Commissioners:
  • Chairman - Joseph L. Stone District #3
  • Commissioner - Tom Trimmer District #1
  • Commissioner - Michael Hunt District #2
  • Commissioner - Richard Monk District #4
  • Commissioner - Roger Marsh District #5

Townships and Census-designated Place

See also


External links

Coordinates: 44°41′N 84°08′W / 44.68°N 84.13°W / 44.68; -84.13

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