|Clare County, Michigan|
Location in the state of Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
|Named for||County Clare|
|• Total||575 sq mi (1,489 km2)|
|• Land||564 sq mi (1,461 km2)|
|• Water||11 sq mi (28 km2), 1.9%|
|• Density||55/sq mi (21/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
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. Farwell was the first county seat; in 1877 the county seat was moved to Harrison.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 564 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.9%) is water. It is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.
- Roscommon County (northeast)
- Gladwin County (east)
- Isabella County (south)
- Osceola County (west)
- Missaukee County (northwest)
- Midland County (southeast)
- Mecosta County (southwest)
The 2010 United States Census 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 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.
- Prosecuting Attorney: Michelle Ambrozaitis
- Sheriff: John Wilson
- County Clerk/Register of Deeds: Pamela Mayfield
- County Treasurer: Jenny Beemer-Fritzinger
- Drain Commissioner: Carl Parks
- County Surveyor: Paul A. Lapham
- Road Commissioners: Donald Armentrout; Richard Haynak; Tim Haskin
- State Representative: Joel Johnson
(information as of September 2005)
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:
- Kirtland'a Warbler Habitat and Festival
- 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.
- Nordic skiing
- ORV and groomed snowmobile trails.
- Paddling (canoe and kayak)
- "Bibliography on Clare County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Michigan History, Arts and Libraries on sources of County names.
- 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.
- "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
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- "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
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- "Diocese of Saginaw". saginaw.org.
- "Kirtland". kirtland.edu. 13 May 2014.
- Michigan Shore to Shore Riding and Hiking Trail.
Official Visitor Information Site
- Clare County Convention & Visitors Bureau
- The Clare County Chamber of Commerce
- The Clare County Business Association Website
News from Clare County
- The Clare County Review - Local newspaper
- Clare County government
- Clare Sentinel Newspaper Online via Clarke Historical Library and Central Michigan University
||Missaukee County||Roscommon County|
|Osceola County||Gladwin County|
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