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|Branch County, Michigan|
Location in the state of Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
507 sq mi (1,313 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 2.33%
91/sq mi (35/km²)
- Calhoun County (north)
- Hillsdale County (east)
- St. Joseph County (west)
- Steuben County (south)
- LaGrange County (southwest)
As of the census² of 2000, there were 45,787 people, 16,349 households, and 11,575 families residing in the county. The population density was 35/km² (90/sq mi). There were 19,822 housing units at an average density of 15/km² (39/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 93.37% White, 2.63% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.39% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. 2.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 94.2% spoke English, 2.8% Spanish and 1.9% German as their first language.
There were 16,349 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.00% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 102.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $38,760, and the median income for a family was $44,777. Males had a median income of $32,098 versus $22,579 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,552. About 6.00% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.70% of those under age 18 and 7.20% 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.
Branch County elected officials Edit
- Prosecuting Attorney: Kirk Kashian
- Sheriff: Warren Cannon
- County Clerk: Teresa Kubasiak
- County Treasurer: Sandra Thatcher
- Register of Deeds: Nancy Hutchins
- Drain Commissioner: Michael Hard
- County Surveyor: Edward R. Reed
(information as of September 2005)
Cities, villages, and townships Edit
- Algansee Township
- Batavia Township
- Bethel Township
- Bronson Township
- Butler Township
- California Township
- Coldwater Township
- Gilead Township
- Girard Township
- Kinderhook Township
- Matteson Township
- Noble Township
- Ovid Township
- Quincy Township
- Sherwood Township
- Union Township
- Batavia Center
- Canada Shores
- Crytal Beach
- East Gilead
- Pearl Beach
- Sans Souci Beach
- South Butler
- West Kinderhook
- Branch County government
- Branch County Tourism Bureau
- Branch County Chamber of Commerce
- Office of the County Clerk
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