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.
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Clare County is a county in the state of Michigan. The county was set off in 1840 as Kaykekee County from Mackinac County. It was
renamed Clare in 1843 after County Clare in Ireland. It was officially organized in 1871. Farwell was the first county seat; in 1877 the
county seat was moved to Harrison. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 30,926. The county seat is Harrison.
Etymology - Origin of Clare County Name
Clare County is named for County Clare in Ireland.
The county was set off in 1840 as Kaykekee County from Mackinac County. It was renamed Clare in 1843 after County Clare in Ireland. It was officially organized in 1871
Population in 1990
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 564 square miles (1,460 km2) is
land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.9%) is water. It is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.