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Schoolcraft County is a county in the Upper Peninsulamarker of the state of Michiganmarker. As of the 2000 census, the population was 8,903. The county seat is Manistiquemarker, which lies along the northern shore of Lake Michiganmarker. The county is named in honor of Henry Schoolcraft, who explored the area with the expedition of Lewis Cass. The county is largely rural and forested, with much of western portion of the county located within Hiawatha National Forest.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,884 square miles (4,879 km²), of which, 1,178 square miles (3,051 km²) of it is land and 706 square miles (1,827 km²) of it (37.46%) is water.


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Federal Forest Highways

  • Federal Forest Highway 13 (FFH-13)

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Rural road in Schoolcraft County
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,903 people, 3,606 households, and 2,498 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 5,700 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.67% White, 1.63% Black or African American, 6.12% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 2.80% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.6% were of German, 11.0% French, 8.7% Swedish, 8.1% English, 7.4% French Canadian, 6.7% United Statesmarker or American and 6.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 98.1% spoke English as their first language.

There were 3,606 households out of which 28.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.60% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.70% were non-families. 27.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.80% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 25.80% from 45 to 64, and 18.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,140, and the median income for a family was $36,810. Males had a median income of $32,725 versus $21,364 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,137. About 9.10% of families and 12.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.


The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates themajor local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administerspublic health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare andother social services. The county board of commissioners controls thebudget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most localgovernment functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, streetmaintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

Schoolcraft County elected officials

(information as of September 2005)

Cities, villages, and townships

Registered historic places

List of Registered Historic Places in Schoolcraft County:

Source: National Register Information System


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