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Leelanau County, Michigan

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Location: Michigan,United States of America
Land Area: 6,559 km²
Population: 21,119

Leelanau County is a county located in the state of Michigan. As of 2000, the population is 21,119. Its county seat currently is Leland Township6. However, on August 3, 2004, county voters approved a proposal to move the county seat to Suttons Bay Township, closer to the county's geographic center. A new governmental facility will be built on 45 acres (180,000 m²) of county-owned land one mile east of the unincorporated village of Lake Leelanau, where a new county law enforcement center already is under construction.

A substantial portion of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore lies within the county's borders.


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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,559 km² (2,532 mi²). 903 km² (348 mi²) of it is land and 5,656 km² (2,184 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 86.24% water. The Leland River is the primary body of water, forming Lake Leelanau due to a dam near the mouth of the river at Leland. Glen Lake, located within the boundaries of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 21,119 people, 8,436 households, and 6,217 families residing in the county. The population density is 23/km² (61/mi²). There are 13,297 housing units at an average density of 15/km² (38/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 93.52% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 3.66% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.34% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 3.29% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 8,436 households out of which 29.90% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.60% are married couples living together, 7.10% have a female householder with no husband present, and 26.30% are non-families. 22.30% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.80% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.48 and the average family size is 2.89.

In the county the population is spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 5.70% from 18 to 24, 24.20% from 25 to 44, 28.30% from 45 to 64, and 17.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 43 years. For every 100 females there are 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 97.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $47,062, and the median income for a family is $53,228. Males have a median income of $35,719 versus $25,778 for females. The per capita income for the county is $24,686. 5.40% of the population and 3.30% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 6.40% of those under the age of 18 and 4.50% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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