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Ogemaw County, Michigan

Ogemaw County, Michigan
Map of Michigan highlighting Ogemaw County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1875[1]
Seat West Branch
Largest city West Branch
 • Total 575 sq mi (1,489 km2)
 • Land 563 sq mi (1,458 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (28 km2), 2.0%
 • (2010) 21,699
 • Density 39/sq mi (15/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .gov.ogemawcountymiwww

Ogemaw County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,699.[2] The county seat is West Branch.[3]

The county newspaper of record is the Ogemaw Herald.[4]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Highways 2.1
    • Adjacent counties 2.2
    • National protected area 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • Government 4
    • Elected officials 4.1
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Village 5.2
    • Census-designated places 5.3
    • Townships 5.4
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The county was originally created in 1840, but was absorbed into Iosco County in 1867. It was later recreated in 1873 and finally organized in 1875.[1] The county's name is an Anglicization of the Anishinaabemowin word ogimaa, meaning "chief".[1]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 563 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (2.0%) is water.[5] Ogemaw County is considered to be part of Northern Michigan


Adjacent counties

National protected area


As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 21,645 people, 8,842 households, and 6,189 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 15,404 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.48% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 1.16% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.7% were of German, 12.3% American, 10.2% English, 9.2% Irish, 7.0% French and 6.7% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.9% spoke only English at home.

There were 8,842 households out of which 27.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 27.00% from 45 to 64, and 18.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,474, and the median income for a family was $34,988. Males had a median income of $31,003 versus $20,544 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,768. About 11.00% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.50% of those under age 18 and 9.90% 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.

Elected officials

(information as of Jan. 2009)




Census-designated places


See also


  1. ^ a b c "Bibliography on Ogemaw County".  
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Ogemaw County Herald". Ogemaw County Herald. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Ogemaw County Website
  • Ogemaw County Herald - Newspaper
  • OgemawLive - Community site with news, weather, and forum.
  • "Bibliography on Ogemaw County".  

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