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Mackinac County is a county in the Upper Peninsulamarker of the U.S. state of Michiganmarker. As of the 2000 census, the population was 11,943. The county seat is St. Ignacemarker. The county was formerly known as Michilimackinac County, and it was created as one of the first counties of the Michigan Territory in 1818.

The county's name is claimed to be a corruption of the French term "Michilimackinac," which referred to the straits area as well as the French settlement at the tip of the lower peninsula. See and compare, List of Michigan county name etymologies, List of Michigan counties, and List of abolished U.S. counties.


Michilimackinac County was created on October 26, 1818 by proclamation of territorial governor Lewis Cass. The county originally took up the Lower Peninsula of Michigan north of Macomb Countymarker and almost the entire present Upper Peninsulamarker. At the time of founding, the county seat was the community of Michilimackinac Island on Michilimackinac Island, later known as Mackinac Island, Michiganmarker. The county was reorganized in 1849 as Mackinac County. In 1882 the county seat was moved from Mackinac Island to St. Ignace.


Adjacent counties

National protected area


Private Airports

Airline service

The nearest airports with scheduled passenger service are:


Interstate Business Loops

  • runs through downtown St. Ignace

US Highways

Michigan State Trunklines

  • M-185marker, no motor vehicles allowed with the exception of emergency vehicles

Mackinac County-Designated Highways



As of the census of 2000, there were 11,943 people, 5,067 households, and 3,410 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 persons per square mile (5/km²). There were 9,413 housing units at an average density of 9/sq mi (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.07% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 14.21% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 4.92% from two or more races. 0.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.7% were of German, 9.4% English, 8.1% Irish, 7.3% French, 6.0% Americanmarker and 6.0% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.6% spoke English as their first language.

There were 5,067 households out of which 26.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.60% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.70% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.20% under the age of 18, 6.00% from 18 to 24, 25.10% from 25 to 44, 28.40% from 45 to 64, and 18.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,356, and the median income for a family was $39,929. Males had a median income of $30,805 versus $22,753 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,777. About 7.20% of families and 10.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.70% of those under age 18 and 8.40% 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.

Mackinac County elected officials

(information as of September 2005)

Historical markers

There are 34 official state historical markers in the County:

Cities, villages, and townships

  • None

Unincorporated communities





The following television stations can be received in St. Ignace:


The following stations can be heard in St. Ignace:


Call Sign Frequency City Broadcast From
WIAB 88.5 Mackinaw Citymarker
WLJZ 94.5 Mackinaw City
WLXT 96.3 Petoskeymarker
WKLZ 98.9 Petoskey
WMKC 102.9 Indian Rivermarker
WCMW 103.9 Harbor Springsmarker
WKHQmarker 105.9 Petoskeymarker


Call Sign Frequency City Broadcast From
WTCM 580 Traverse Citymarker
WARD 750 Petoskey
WIDG 940 St. Ignacemarker
WJML 1100 Petoskey
WCBY 1240 Cheboyganmarker



  1. Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Bibliography on Mackinac County.
  2. Diocese Of Marquette
  3. Catholic Hierarchy: Diocese of Marquette
  4. Pellston Regional Airport
  5. Michigan Historical markers
  6. Wawashkamo Golf Club.


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