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The boundaries of the eighty-three counties in Michigan have not changed substantially since 1897. Wayne County was the sixth county in the Northwest Territory, formed 15 August 1796 and organized in 1815. Wayne County was created 21 November 1815 as an original county of Michigan.

Arenac County, Michigan

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Arenac County is a county located in the state of Michigan. Arenac County was organized in 1883 and the name Arenac. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 17,269. The county seat is Standish.

Etymology - Origin of Arenac County Name

A derivation of the Latin "arena" and the Native American "ac." The combined word means "sandy place."


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Arenac County History

Name is a derivation of the Latin "arena" and the Native American "ac." The combined word means "sandy place."

Set Off: 1831 but incorporated into Bay County in 1858. Separated from Bay County in 1883.

Organized: 1883.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 681 square miles (1,760 km2), of which 363 square miles (940 km2) is land and 317 square miles (820 km2) (47%) is water. It is the third-smallest county in Michigan by land area.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Iosco County (northeast)
  • Bay County (south)
  • Gladwin County (west)
  • Ogemaw County (northwest)


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