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Wexford County is a county in the U.S. state of Michiganmarker. As of the 2000 census, the population was 30,484. The county seat is Cadillacmarker .

Wexford County is part of the Cadillac, Michiganmarker, Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Missaukee Countymarker.

It was named after the city and county of Wexfordmarker in Irelandmarker.

Geography

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 576 square miles (1,491 km²), of which, 565 square miles (1,465 km²) of it is land and 10 square miles (27 km²) of it (1.80%) is water.
  • Wexford County is considered to be part of Northern Michigan


Transportation

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Adjacent counties



National protected area



Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 30,484 people, 11,824 households, and 8,383 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 14,872 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.29% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. 1.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.4% were of German, 11.3% English, 9.5% Americanmarker, 9.4% Irish, 6.1% Dutch, 5.8% Swedish and 5.3% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.7% spoke English and 1.1% Spanish as their first language.

There were 11,824 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.20% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,363, and the median income for a family was $39,915. Males had a median income of $31,198 versus $21,733 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,144. About 7.70% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.50% of those under age 18 and 8.50% of those age 65 or over.

Government

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.

Wexford County elected officials



(information as of September 2005)

Presidential elections

The county is one of the only counties to have given majorities to the both the first Republican candidate, John C. Frémont, and to John McCain. That stated, the county went for Bill Clinton twice.

Cities, villages, and townships

Cities Villages Unincorporated
Townships


Historical markers

There are ten recognized Michigan historical markers in the county: They are:
  • Battle of Manton
  • Caberfae Ski Resort
  • Cadillac Carnegie Library
  • Charles T. Mitchell House
  • Clam Lake Canal
  • Cobbs & Mitchell Building
  • Cobbs and Mitchell Mill No.1
  • First Wexford County Courthouse
  • Greenwood Disciples of Christ Church
  • Shay Locomotive


Notes

  1. David Leip's Presidential Atlas Statistics for 1856
  2. David Leip's Presidential Atlas
  3. The New York Times electoral map (Zoom in on Michigan
  4. Michigan Historical Markers


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