About Otsego County MI
Otsego County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,164. The county seat is Gaylord. The county was founded in 1840 and organized in 1875.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 526 square miles (1,360 km), of which 515 square miles (1,330 km) is land and 11 square miles (28 km) (2.1%) is water. It is the fifth-smallest county by total area in Michigan. Although it is located on Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Otsego County is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.
Otsego County has more than 370 lakes, mostly in the southern part of the county. Otsego Lake, is the county’s largest, and has a surface area of 1,972 acres (7.98 km). Other large lakes in the southern part of the county include Big Lake, Big Bear Lake, Buhl Lake, Crapo Lake, Dixon Lake, Douglas Lake, Guthrie Lake, Heart Lake, Lake Tecon, Manuka Lake, Opal Lake, Pencil Lake, and Turtle Lake. The larger lakes in the northern part of the county are Five Lakes, Hardwood Lake, Lake Twenty Seven, and Pickerel Lake. Many of these are so-called ‘kettle lakes,’ formed by the melting of blocks of glacial ice, left as the glacier retreated, which created a depression in the soil.
Glaciers shaped the area, creating a unique regional ecosystem. A large portion of the area is the Grayling outwash plain, a 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.
Headwaters of the Au Sable, Black, Manistee, Pigeon, and Sturgeon Rivers are in Otsego County. The Au Sable River watershed is the county’s largest watershed.
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 23,301 people, 8,995 households, and 6,539 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 13,375 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.51% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. 0.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.1% were of German, 17.6% Polish, 10.5% Irish, 9.9% English and 9.4% American ancestry. 96.8% spoke English and 1.3% Polish as their first language.
There were 8,995 households out of which 34.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.00.
The county population contained 26.80% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $40,876, and the median income for a family was $46,628. Males had a median income of $34,413 versus $21,204 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,810. About 5.30% of families and 6.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.50% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over.
Otsego County Michigan neighborhoods include: Ada, Addison, Adrian, Afton, Alanson, Albion, Alger, Algonac, Allegan, Allen, Allendale, Allen Park, Allenton, Almont, Alpena, Alto, Ann Arbor, Armada, Athens, Atlas, Attica, Auburn Hills, Augusta, Avoca, Azalia, Bad Axe, Bailey, Bancroft, Bangor, Bannister, Bath, Battle Creek, Bay City, Bay Port, Beaver Island, Beaverton, Belding, Belleville, Bellevue, Belmont, Bentley, Benton Harbor, Berkley, Berlin, Berrien Center, Berville, Beverly Hills, Big Rapids, Bingham Farms, Birch Run, Birmingham, Bitely, Blanchard, Blissfield, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Village, Bloomingdale, Boyne City, Boyne Falls, Brant, Breckenridge, Bridgeport, Brighton, Britton, Brockway, Bronson, Brooklyn, Brown City, Brownstown, Brownstown Twp, Bruce Twp, Brutus, Buckley, Burlington, Burr Oak, Burt, Burtchville, Burt Lake, Burton, Byron, Byron Center, Caledonia, Camden, Canton, Capac, Carleton, Carp Lake, Carson City, Casco, Caseville, Casnovia, Cass City, Cassopolis, Cedar, Cedar Springs, Cement City, Center Line, Ceresco, Champion, Charlevoix, Charlotte, Cheboygan, Chelsea, Chesaning, Chesterfield, China, Clarklake, Clarkston, Clarksville, Clawson, Clay, Clayton, Clifford, Climax, Clinton, Clinton Township, Clio, Clyde, Coldwater, Coleman, Coloma, Colon, Columbiaville, Columbus, Commerce Township, Comstock Park, Concord, Conklin, Constantine, Coopersville, Coral, Corunna, Cottrellville, Covert, Crystal, Crystal Falls, Dansville, Davisburg, Davison, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Decatur, Deerfield, Delton, Detroit, Dewitt, Dexter, Dimondale, Dorr, Dowagiac, Dowling, Dryden, Dundee, Durand, Dutton, Eagle, East China, East Grand Rapids, East Jordan, East Lansing, East Leroy, Eastpointe, Eaton Rapids, Eau Claire, Ecorse, Edmore, Edwardsburg, Elkton, Ellsworth, Elmira, Elsie, Emmett, Empire, Erie, Fair Haven, Fargo, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Fennville, Fenton, Fenwick, Ferndale, Fife Lake, Filion, Flat Rock, Flint, Flushing, Fort Gratiot, Fostoria, Fowler, Fowlerville, Frankenmuth, Franklin, Fraser, Freeland, Freeport, Fremont, Fruitport, Fulton, Gaastra, Gagetown, Gaines, Galesburg, Garden City, Genesee, Georgetown Township, Gladwin, Glen Arbor, Gobles, Goodells, Goodrich, Gowen, Grand Blanc, Grand Haven, Grand Junction, Grand Ledge, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Grant, Grant Township, Grass Lake, Grawn, Greenville, Greenwood, Gregory, Grosse Ile, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Gwinn, Hamburg Twp, Hamilton, Hamtramck, Hanover, Harbor Beach, Harbor Springs, Harper Woods, Harrison Township, Harsens Island, Hart, Hartford, Hartland, Haslett, Hastings, Hawks, Hazel Park, Hemlock, Henderson, Herron, Hesperia, Hickory Corners, Highland, Highland Park, Hillman, Hillsdale, Holland, Holly, Holt, Holton, Homer, Hope, Hopkins, Horton, Howard City, Howell, Hubbard Lake, Hubbardston, Hudson, Hudsonville, Huntington Woods, Ida, Imlay City, Indian River, Inkster, Interlochen, Ionia, Ira, Iron River, Ironwood, Ishpeming, Jackson, Jasper, Jeddo, Jenison, Jerome, Jones, Jonesville, Kalamazoo, Keego Harbor, Kenockee, Kent City, Kentwood, Kimball, Kinde, Kingsley, Lachine, Laingsburg, Lake Angelus, Lake Ann, Lake Leelanau, Lake Odessa, Lake Orion, Lakeport, Lakeview, Lambertville, Lansing, Lapeer, La Salle, Lathrup Village, Lawrence, Lawton, Leland, Lennon, Lenox, Leonard, Leslie, Levering, Lincoln Park, Linden, Litchfield, Little Lake, Livonia, Lowell, Luna Pier, Lynn, Mackinaw City, Macomb, Madison Heights, Manchester, Manitou Beach, Maple City, Marcellus, Marenisco, Marine City, Marlette, Marne, Marquette, Marshall, Martin, Marysville, Mason, Mattawan, Maybee, Mayville, Mears, Melvindale, Memphis, Mendon, Merrill, Metamora, Michigamme, Michigan Center, Middleville, Midland, Milan, Milford, Millersburg, Millington, Minden City, Monroe, Montague, Montgomery, Montrose, Morenci, Morley, Morrice, Mount Clemens, Mount Morris, Mount Pleasant, Mulliken, Munith, Muskegon, Mussey, Nashville, Negaunee, Newaygo, New Baltimore, New Boston, New Buffalo, New Era, New Haven, New Hudson, New Lothrop, Newport, Niles, North Adams, North Branch, Northport, North Street, Northville, Norton Shores, Novi, Nunica, Oakland, Oakland Township, Oakley, Oak Park, Okemos, Olivet, Onaway, Onondaga, Onsted, Orchard Lake, Orion, Ortonville, Osseo, Ossineke, Otisville, Otsego, Ottawa Lake, Otter Lake, Ovid, Owendale, Owosso, Oxford, Palmyra, Paris, Parma, Paw Paw, Pellston, Pentwater, Perry, Petersburg, Petoskey, Pewamo, Pierson, Pigeon, Pinckney, Pittsford, Plainwell, Pleasant Lake, Pleasant Ridge, Plymouth, Pontiac, Portage, Port Austin, Port Hope, Port Huron, Portland, Posen, Potterville, Presque Isle, Pullman, Quincy, Ravenna, Ray, Reading, Redford, Reed City, Reese, Republic, Rhodes, Richland, Richmond, Riga, Riley, Riverdale, River Rouge, Riverview, Rives Junction, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Rock, Rockford, Rockwood, Rogers City, Romeo, Romulus, Roseville, Rothbury, Royal Oak, Ruby, Russell Island, Ruth, Saginaw, Saint Charles, Saint Clair, Saint Clair Shores, Saint Johns, Saint Joseph, Saint Louis, Saline, Sand Creek, Sand Lake, Sanford, Saugatuck, Schoolcraft, Scotts, Sebewaing, Selfridge Angb, Shelby, Shelby Township, Shelbyville, Shepherd, Sheridan, Sherwood, Sidney, Silverwood, Six Lakes, Skandia, Smiths Creek, Southfield, Southgate, South Haven, South Lyon, South Rockwood, Sparta, Spring Arbor, Springfield, Spring Lake, Springport, Spruce, Stanton, Stanwood, Sterling Heights, Stockbridge, Sumner, Sunfield, Suttons Bay, Swartz Creek, Sylvan Lake, Taylor, Tecumseh, Tekonsha, Temperance, Thompsonville, Three Rivers, Tipton, Tower, Traverse City, Trenton, Troy, Trufant, Twin Lake, Ubly, Union, Union City, Unionville, Utica, Vandalia, Vanderbilt, Vermontville, Vestaburg, Vicksburg, Wakefield, Waldron, Wales, Walker, Walkerville, Walled Lake, Warren, Washington, Waterford, Watervliet, Wayland, Wayne, Webberville, West Bloomfield, West Branch, Westland, West Olive, Westphalia, Wheeler, White Cloud, Whitehall, White Lake, White Pigeon, Whitmore Lake, Williamsburg, Williamston, Willis, Wixom, Wolverine, Wolverine Lake, Woodhaven, Woodland, Wyandotte, Wyoming, Yale, Ypsilanti, Zeeland
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