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Coordinates: 43°28′N 83°27′W / 43.467°N 83.45°W / 43.467; -83.45

Tuscola County, Michigan
Map of Michigan highlighting Tuscola County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Seat Caro
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

914 sq mi (2,367 km²)
812 sq mi (2,103 km²)
101 sq mi (262 km²), 11.10
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

58,266
72/sq mi (28/km²)
Founded April 1, 1840[1]
Named for Neologism invented by Henry Schoolcraft
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.tuscolacounty.org

Tuscola County is a county in the Thumb region of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 58,266. The county seat is Caro[2]. The county was created by Michigan Law on April 1, 1840, from land in Sanilac County and attached to Saginaw County for administrative purposes. The Michigan Legislature passed an act on March 2, 1850, that empowered the county residents to organize governmental functions.

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Geography

History

  • The name Tuscola was a Neologism created by Henry Schoolcraft. One scholar believes it to be a combination of "dusinagon" (level) and "cola" (lands).

The Chippewa/Ottawa word "dusinagon", or "tessi-nagan", actually, means flat dish or plate. The early Chippewa/Ottawa often used a shell or bark from a tree for a dish or plate. Shell in their language was "essi", which maybe the root of Tuscola. The Thumb of Michigan, which includes Tuscola, Huron, and Sanilac Counties, was in the 1600s called Skenchioe, which maybe related to the Onondaga word "uschwuntschios", which means plain or flat. It was said that Skenchioe, the early home of the Fox People, meant red fox. The French in the early 1700s called the Thumb of Michigan Le Pays Plat, which means The Country Flat. This name was continued by the English in the late 1700s in the name--Flat Country. The Chippewa/Ottawa word "tessi-" is used to make the words for shelf, platform, bench, and plate. The phrase "tessi-aki" may have been used by Algonquin speaking people to mean the entire Thumb of Michigan and meant level land. During the Saginaw Treaty of 1819, the Native chief of Tuscola was Chief Otusson. His name was said to mean "bench in the lodge or platform". The Thumb of Michigan forms a tableland with knolls or hillocks located in the interior part along the Cass River. The county seat of Tuscola is Caro, which is located along one of these large knolls. Caro was called by Native People High Bank. The land around Caro particularly to the north and east is cultivated and widely farmed. Caro is located in Indianfields Township, which was given its name for its plentiful Indian gardens.


[4] See List of Michigan county name etymologies.

Geography

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Highways

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 58,266 people, 21,454 households, and 15,983 families residing in the county. The population density was 72 people per square mile (28/km²). There were 23,378 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.05% White, 1.07% Black or African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. 2.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.3% were of German, 9.8% English, 8.4% Polish, 8.2% American, 7.5% Irish and 5.9% French ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.4% spoke English, 1.3% Spanish and 1.3% German as their first language.

There were 21,454 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.20% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.50% were non-families. 21.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,174, and the median income for a family was $46,729. Males had a median income of $35,974 versus $24,241 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,985. About 5.40% of families and 8.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.40% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of those age 65 or over.

Government

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.

Tuscola County elected officials

(information as of May 16, 2006)

Cities, villages, and townships

Charter Townships

Townships

Notes

External links


Genealogy

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Tuscola County, Michigan
Map
File:Map of Michigan highlighting Tuscola County.png
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the USA highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded April 1, 1840 [1]
Seat Caro
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 11.10%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

58266
Website: www.tuscolacounty.org

Tuscola County is a county in the Thumb region of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 58,266. The county seat is Caro6. The county was created by Michigan Law on April 1, 1840 and was fully organized on March 2, 1850.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,367 km² (914 sq mi). 2,104 km² (812 sq mi) of it is land and 263 km² (101 sq mi) of it (11.10%) is water. As mentioned above, this is one of five counties that are in the Thumb area. Like the rest of the thumb, Tuscola County enjoys seasonal tourism from larger cities like Flint, Detroit and Saginaw.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 58,266 people, 21,454 households, and 15,983 families residing in the county. The population density was 28/km² (72/sq mi). There were 23,378 housing units at an average density of 11/km² (29/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 96.05% White, 1.07% Black or African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. 2.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 96.4% spoke English, 1.3% Spanish and 1.3% German as their first language.

There were 21,454 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.20% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.50% were non-families. 21.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,174, and the median income for a family was $46,729. Males had a median income of $35,974 versus $24,241 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,985. About 5.40% of families and 8.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.40% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of those age 65 or over.

Government

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.

Tuscola County elected officials

(information as of May 16, 2006)

Cities, villages, and townships

External links

Coordinates: 43°29′N 83°26′W / 43.49, -83.44

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