Mason County, Michigan

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Mason County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,705.[1] The county seat is Ludington.[2]

Mason County comprises the Ludington, MI Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

A detail from A New Map of Michigan with its Canals, Roads & Distances (1842) by Henry Schenck Tanner, showing Mason County as "Notipeskago" (a misspelling of Notipekago, the county's name from 1840 to 1843.[3]) Several nearby counties are also shown with names that would later be changed.

The county is named for Stevens T. Mason, Governor of Michigan from 1835 to 1840.[4] It was created by the Michigan Legislature in 1840 as Notipekago County, then renamed Mason County in 1843. The county was administered by Ottawa County prior to the organization of county government in 1855.[3][5]

Geography

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of Template:Convert, of which Template:Convert is land and Template:Convert (60%) is water.[6]

Major highways

  • Template:Jct – runs east-west thru central part of county. Runs from Ludington through Amber, Scottville, Custer, and Branch.
  • Template:Jct – enters south line of county at 2 miles (3.2 km) east of SW corner; runs north to intersect US-10 near Ludington. Runs concurrent with US-10 east for 5 miles (8 km), then runs north. Exits county at 4 miles (6.4 km) east of NW corner of county.
  • Template:Jct – runs NW from Ludington along shoreline of Lake Michigan to Ludington State Park.[7]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

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As of the 2000 United States Census,[8] of 2000, there were 28,274 people, 11,406 households, and 7,881 families in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 16,063 housing units at an average density of 32 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.84% White, 0.73% Black or African American, 0.78% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.82% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. 3.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.5% were of German, 10.4% Polish, 8.8% English, 8.5% Irish, 7.7% American and 5.0% Swedish ancestry. 96.0% spoke English and 2.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 11,406 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.92.

The county population contained 24.20% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 25.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,704, and the median income for a family was $41,654. Males had a median income of $33,873 versus $22,616 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,713. About 8.20% of families and 11.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.50% of those under age 18 and 7.00% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Mason County has usually voted Republican in national elections. Since 1884, the county's voters have selected the Republican Party nominee in 82% (28 of 34) of the national elections through 2016. Template:Hidden begin

Presidential Elections Results[9]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|2016 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|57.5% 8,505 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|35.7% 5,281 6.8% 1,006
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|2012 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|51.7% 7,580 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|46.8% 6,856 1.6% 229
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|2008 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|46.9% 7,147 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|51.3% 7,817 1.8% 277
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|2004 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|55.6% 8,124 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|43.3% 6,333 1.1% 154
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|2000 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|54.3% 7,066 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|42.9% 5,579 2.9% 371
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|1996 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|41.4% 5,066 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|45.7% 5,597 13.0% 1,588
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1992 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|39.0% 5,102 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|36.9% 4,829 24.1% 3,151
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1988 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|59.6% 6,800 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|39.7% 4,531 0.7% 82
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1984 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|67.8% 8,202 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|31.5% 3,803 0.7% 87
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1980 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|58.1% 7,137 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|33.7% 4,134 8.2% 1,005
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1976 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|59.2% 6,812 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|39.4% 4,541 1.4% 163
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1972 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|63.6% 6,811 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|34.5% 3,697 1.9% 207
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1968 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|54.0% 5,311 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|37.2% 3,660 8.8% 860
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|1964 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|39.0% 3,842 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|60.9% 5,993 0.1% 11
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1960 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|58.2% 6,011 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|41.7% 4,305 0.1% 10
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1956 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|65.2% 6,142 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|34.7% 3,274 0.1% 12
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1952 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|64.7% 6,179 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|34.5% 3,298 0.9% 81
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1948 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|56.0% 4,147 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|40.3% 2,988 3.7% 272
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1944 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|58.3% 4,446 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|41.1% 3,137 0.6% 47
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1940 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|55.6% 4,874 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|43.8% 3,836 0.6% 53
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|1936 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|39.4% 3,224 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|56.1% 4,598 4.5% 368
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|1932 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|42.5% 3,098 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|52.9% 3,854 4.7% 340
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1928 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|72.7% 4,318 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|26.4% 1,567 0.9% 51
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1924 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|67.2% 3,567 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|15.4% 815 17.5% 928
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1920 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|69.4% 3,652 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|25.4% 1,338 5.2% 273
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1916 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|53.2% 2,198 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|40.9% 1,689 6.0% 247
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Progressive|1912 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|21.5% 844 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|27.3% 1,073 51.2% 2,007
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1908 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|65.7% 2,577 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|28.9% 1,132 5.4% 213
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1904 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|72.1% 2,394 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|23.0% 764 4.9% 161
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1900 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|61.3% 2,185 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|35.1% 1,251 3.6% 128
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1896 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|56.3% 2,177 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|40.8% 1,580 2.9% 112
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1892 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|45.9% 1,426 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|44.5% 1,383 9.7% 301
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1888 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|50.8% 1,697 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|47.1% 1,573 2.1% 71
style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|1884 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Republican|50.5% 1,299 style="text-align:center;" Template:Party shading/Democratic|47.3% 1,217 2.2% 57

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Mason County operates the County 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.

Elected officials

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Communities

File:Mason County, MI census map.png
U.S. Census data map showing local municipal boundaries within Mason County. Shaded areas represent incorporated cities.

Cities

Villages

Charter township

Civi townships

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Unincorporated communities

Indian reservation

2020 coronavirus pandemic in Mason County

The county confirmed its first case of coronavirus on April 7, 2020.[12]

See also

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References

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  12. Oceana County reports first coronavirus death, Mason County reports first case MLive.com, April 7, 2020