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Allegan County, Michigan

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Allegan County is a county located in the state of Michigan. As of 2000, the population is 105,665. Its county seat is Allegan6.

Allegan County is a largely farming area which is rapidly becoming suburbanized. The largest city wholly within the county is the county seat of Allegan. A portion of Holland, Michigan is in the extreme northwest corner.

The name was coined by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft to sound Native American.

The county has long been a regional tourist draw, particularly the Tulip Festival and the area along Lake Michigan. Another draw is Allegan State Game Area, a 45,000 acre (182 km²) forest attracting campers, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and hunters. Allegan County also hosts Saugatuck Dunes State Park with trails through scenic dunes and a swimming beach on Lake Michigan.

The Saugatuck, Michigan area is a traditional regional tourist destination.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,748 km² (1,833 mi²). 2,143 km² (827 mi²) of it is land and 2,605 km² (1,006 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 54.86% water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 105,665 people, 38,165 households, and 28,394 families residing in the county. The population density is 49/km² (128/mi²). There are 43,292 housing units at an average density of 20/km² (52/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 93.47% White, 1.31% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.77% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. 5.72% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 38,165 households out of which 37.40% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.40% are married couples living together, 9.10% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.60% are non-families. 20.70% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.80% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.72 and the average family size is 3.15.

In the county the population is spread out with 28.90% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 30.00% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.10% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 99.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 97.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $45,813, and the median income for a family is $51,908. Males have a median income of $38,681 versus $26,887 for females. The per capita income for the county is $19,918. 7.30% of the population and 5.00% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.50% of those under the age of 18 and 7.90% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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