- Lenawee County, Michigan
Infobox U.S. County
county = Lenawee County
state = Michigan
map size = 200
founded = 1822
seat = Adrian | area_total_sq_mi =761
area percentage = 1.42%
census yr = 2000
pop = 98890
web = www.lenawee.mi.us
Lenawee County ("LENN-a-way") is a county in the
U.S. stateof Michigan. As of the 2000 census, it has a population of 98,890, with an estimated population of 101,243 as of the July 1, 2007Census Bureau estimate. The county seatis AdrianGR|6.
*The County was organized in 1826. It was split off from
Monroe County, Michigan.
Henry Schoolcraft neologismis thought to be derived from a Native American word meaning "man" -- from the Delaware "leno or lenno" or the Shawnee "lenawai." [ [http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-15481_20826_20829-54126--,00.html Michigan History, Arts and Libraries on sources of County names.] ] See also, [ [http://www.clarke.cmich.edu/localhistory/Lenawee.htm Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Bibliography on Lenawee County.] ] "See", List of Michigan county name etymologies
*According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 761 square miles (1,972 km²), of which, 750 square miles (1,944 km²) of it is land and 11 square miles (28 km²) of it (1.42%) is water.
*Lenawee County is considered to be part of
Michigan State Trunklines
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 98,890 people, 35,930 households, and 26,049 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 132 people per square mile (51/km²). There were 39,769 housing units at an average density of 53 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.51% White, 2.12% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.01% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. 6.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.4% were of German, 11.6% English, 10.2% American and 9.9% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 94.7% spoke English and 4.2% Spanish as their first language.
There were 35,930 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $45,739, and the median income for a family was $53,661. Males had a median income of $38,458 versus $25,510 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $20,186. About 4.40% of families and 6.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.10% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.
The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates themajor local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains
vital records, administers public healthregulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare andother social services. The county board of commissioners controls thebudget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most localgovernment functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, streetmaintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.
Lenawee County elected officials
Board of Commission Chairman: James E. Van Doren
Probate Court Judge: The Honorable Margaret M.S. Noe
* Prosecuting Attorney: Jonathan Poer
Of Council to the Board of Commissioners:Irving C. Shaw, Jr.
Sheriff: Larry Richardson
County Clerk: Roxann Hollaway
* County Treasurer: Marilyn Woods
Register of Deeds: Victori J. Daniels
Drain Commissioner: Stephen R. May
County Surveyor: Glenn Richard
* Road Commissioners: Merrill Bales; Robert Emery; Stan Wilson, Orrin Gregg P.E., Susan Bower, CPS
(information as of November 2007)
Cities, villages, and townships
*Madison Charter Township
*Raisin Charter Township
* [http://www.visitlenawee.com Lenawee County Conference & Visitors Bureau]
* [http://www.lenaweedrain.com/ Lenawee County Drain Commissioner]
* [http://www.lenawee.mi.us/ Lenawee County Government Site]
* [http://www.lcrc.cc/ Lenawee County Road Commission]
* [http://www.lenaweehistory.com/ Complete text of "History of Lenawee County" published in 1909 by the Western Historical Society]
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