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"Clare County" redirects here. For the county in Ireland, see County Clare.
Clare County, Michigan
Seal of Clare County, Michigan
Map of Michigan highlighting Clare County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1840[1]
Named for County Clare
Seat Harrison
Largest city Clare
 • Total 575.22 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Land 566.80 sq mi (1,468 km2)
 • Water 8.42 sq mi (22 km2), 1.46%
 • (2010) 30,926
 • Density 54/sq mi (21/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.clareco.net

Clare County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 30,926.[2] The county seat is Harrison.[3]


The county was set off in 1840 as Kaykekee County from Mackinac County. It was renamed Clare in 1843 after County Clare in Ireland. It was officially organized in 1871.[1][4][5] Farwell was the first county seat; in 1877 the county seat was moved to Harrison.


  • According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 575.22 square miles (1,489.8 km2), of which 566.80 square miles (1,468.0 km2) (or 98.54%) is land and 8.42 square miles (21.8 km2) (or 1.46%) is water.[6]
  • The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is the controlling regional body for the Catholic Church.[7]
  • It is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.

Geographic features[edit]

  • Au Sable State Forest
    • Gladwin FMU (Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, southern Iosco, Isabella, and Midland counties).


Adjacent counties[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 366
1880 4,187 1,044.0%
1890 7,558 80.5%
1900 8,360 10.6%
1910 9,240 10.5%
1920 8,250 −10.7%
1930 7,032 −14.8%
1940 9,163 30.3%
1950 10,253 11.9%
1960 11,647 13.6%
1970 16,695 43.3%
1980 23,822 42.7%
1990 24,952 4.7%
2000 31,252 25.2%
2010 30,926 −1.0%
Est. 2012 30,753 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 Estimate[9]

The 2010 United States Census[10] indicates Clare County had a 2010 population of 30,926. This is a decrease of -326 people from the 2000 United States Census. Overall, the county had a -1.0% growth rate during this ten-year period. In 2010 there were 12,966 households and 8,584 families in the county. The population density was 54.8 per square mile (21.2 square kilometers). There were 23,233 housing units at an average density of 41.2 per square mile (15.9 square kilometers). The racial and ethnic makeup of the county was 95.8% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 1.5% Hispanic or Latino, 0.1% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races.

There were 12,966 households out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were husband and wife families, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.8% were non-families, and 28.0% were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.9% under age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 20.8% from 25 to 44, 30.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The 2010 American Community Survey 3-year estimate[10] indicates the median income for a household in the county was $33,338 and the median income for a family was $40,983. Males had a median income of $24,220 versus $13,587 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,516. About 2.3% of families and 23.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.8% of those under the age 18 and 8.5% 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.

Clare County elected officials[edit]

Local attractions and activities[edit]

It is in the middle of large state forests. Wildlife are nearby, including bear, deer, eagles, Kirtland's Warblers, and turkeys. Local attractions and activities include:

  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Fishing.
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kirtland'a Warbler Habitat and Festival[11]
  • Michigan Shore-to-Shore Trail passes through the area. It runs from Empire to Oscoda, but also to points north and south. It is a 500-mile interconnected system of trails.[12]
  • Nordic skiing
  • ORV and groomed snowmobile trails.
  • Paddling (canoe and kayak)

(information as of September 2005)

Cities, villages, and townships[edit]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bibliography on Clare County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Michigan History, Arts and Libraries on sources of County names.
  5. ^
    For more details on Michigan county name etymologies, see List of Michigan county name etymologies.
    For more details on Michigan county names., see List of counties in Michigan.
  6. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ Saginaw County Diocese home page
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "American Factfinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ Kirtland Warbler link/festival
  12. ^ Michigan Shore to Shore Riding and Hiking Trail.

External links[edit]

Official Visitor Information Site

News from Clare County

Coordinates: 43°59′N 84°50′W / 43.99°N 84.84°W / 43.99; -84.84

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