Facts about Shiawassee County, Michigan
Shiawassee is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 70,648. The county seat is Corunna, and the largest city in the county is Owosso. In 1822, the Michigan Territorial legislature defined a new county, Shiawassee (named for the river), taken from portions of existing Oakland and St. Clair counties. However, for purposes of representation, revenue, and judicial matters, the area was temporarily assigned to adjoining county governments. In early 1837, the Michigan Territory was admitted into the Union as the State of Michigan, and that same year the new Michigan State government authorized the organization of a county government in Shiawassee. In 2010, the center of population of Michigan was located in Shiawassee County, in Bennington Township. Shiawassee County comprises the Owosso, MI Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Lansing-East Lansing-Owosso, MI Combined Statistical Area. The Shiawassee County Courthouse was designed by Claire Allen, a prominent southern Michigan architect.
According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 541 square miles (1,400 km²), of which 531 square miles (1,380 km²) is land and 10 square miles (26 km²) (1.9%) is water. The Shiawassee River enters it from Genesee County in the southeast and flows through Corunna and Owosso in the center of the county, exiting to Saginaw County in the north. Shiawassee County is considered to be a part of Central Michigan.
As of the 2010 United States Census, Shiawassee County had a 2010 population of 70,648. This decrease of -1,039 people from the 2000 United States Census represents a decrease of 1.4% during that ten-year period. In 2010 there were 27,481 households and 19,397 families in the county. The population density was 133.1 per square mile (51.4 square kilometers). There were 30,319 housing units at an average density of 57.1 per square mile (22.0 per km²). 96.7% of the population were White, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.5% of some other race and 1.5% of two or more races. 2.4% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 22.2% were of German, 21.8% English, 9.5% Irish, 5.2% French, French Canadian or Cajun and 5.1% Polish ancestry according to 2010 American Community Survey.
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