Branch County, Michigan


Branch County, Michigan
Branch County, Michigan
Seal of Branch County, Michigan
Seal
Map of Michigan highlighting Branch County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1829
Seat Coldwater
Largest city Coldwater
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

519.49 sq mi (1,345 km²)
507.41 sq mi (1,314 km²)
12.08 sq mi (31 km²), 2.33%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

45,248
91/sq mi (35/km²)
Website co.branch.mi.us

Branch County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 45,248. The county seat is Coldwater[1].

Contents

Geography

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 519.49 square miles (1,345.5 km2), of which 507.41 square miles (1,314.2 km2) (or 97.67%) is land and 12.08 square miles (31.3 km2) (or 2.33%) is water.[2]

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 27,811
1910 25,605 −7.9%
1920 23,997 −6.3%
1930 23,950 −0.2%
1940 25,845 7.9%
1950 30,202 16.9%
1960 34,903 15.6%
1970 37,906 8.6%
1980 40,188 6.0%
1990 41,502 3.3%
2000 45,787 10.3%
2010 45,248 −1.2%

As of the 2000 census,[3] there were 45,787 people, 16,349 households, and 11,575 families residing in the county. The population density was 90 people per square mile (35/km²). There were 19,822 housing units at an average density of 39 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.37% White, 2.63% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.39% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. 2.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.8% were of German, 14.3% American, 11.9% English, 8.1% Irish and 7.2% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 94.2% spoke English, 2.8% Spanish and 1.9% German as their first language.

There were 16,349 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.00% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% 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 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 102.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,760, and the median income for a family was $44,777. Males had a median income of $32,098 versus $22,579 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,552. About 6.00% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.70% of those under age 18 and 7.20% of those age 65 or over.

Government

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.

Branch County elected officials

(information as of September 2005)

Cities, villages, and townships

Unincorporated

  • Batavia Center
  • Canada Shores
  • Crystal Beach
  • East Gilead
  • Hodunk
  • Lockwood
  • Pearl Beach
  • Ray
  • Sans Souci Beach
  • South Butler
  • West Kinderhook

Townships

Transportation

Interstates

  • I-69.svg I-69
  • Business Loop 69.svg I-69 Business Loop routes through Coldwater.

US Highways

Michigan State Trunklines

See also

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ Statistical profile of Branch County, Michigan, United States Census Bureau, Census 2000

External links

Coordinates: 41°55′N 85°03′W / 41.92°N 85.05°W / 41.92; -85.05


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