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Ingham County, Michigan

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Template:US County infobox Ingham County is a county located in the state of Michigan. As of 2000, the population is 279,320. Its county seat is Mason6. Lansing, the state capitol of Michigan, is also within the county.

Ingham County was set off by an act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature on October 29, 1829, from portions of Shiawassee County, Washtenaw County and unorganized territory. It was attached for administrative purposes to Washtenaw County until 1838 when county government was established for Ingham.

The county is named for Samuel D. Ingham, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under President Andrew Jackson, making Ingham one of the so-called cabinet counties.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,453 km² (561 mi²). 1,448 km² (559 mi²) of it is land and 5 km² (2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.31% water.

The county consists of gently rolling hills with an elevation ranging between 800 to 1000 feet above sea level. The Grand River winds northward along the western boundary of the county and the Red Cedar River flows west across the northern section into the Grand River in Lansing. Most of the midsection of the county drains to the north into the Red Cedar River and the northern tier of townships drain to the south into the Cedar. The Sycamore Creek, flowing northwest into the Red Cedar in Lansing, drains much of the midsection of the county. Most of the southern portion of the county drains south or west into the Grand River. The southeastern corner drains to the southeast into the Huron River via the Portage Creek and Portage River and a series of small lakes.

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Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 279,320 people, 108,593 households, and 63,744 families residing in the county. The population density is 193/km² (500/mi²). There are 115,056 housing units at an average density of 79/km² (206/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 79.46% White, 10.86% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 3.68% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.42% from other races, and 2.99% from two or more races. 5.80% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 108,593 households out of which 29.80% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.00% are married couples living together, 12.10% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.30% are non-families. 30.20% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.70% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.42 and the average family size is 3.04.

In the county the population is spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 18.50% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 20.10% from 45 to 64, and 9.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 93.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $40,774, and the median income for a family is $53,063. Males have a median income of $40,335 versus $30,178 for females. The per capita income for the county is $21,079. 14.60% of the population and 8.30% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 14.60% of those under the age of 18 and 6.60% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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