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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.

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Iosco County, Michigan

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Iosco County is a county located in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 25,887. The county seat is Tawas City. In 1840 it was set off as Kanotin County, and renamed Iosco in 1843. The county was organized in 1857. Iosco is a Native American word meaning "water of light".

Etymology - Origin of Iosco County Name

Iosco County was a name created by Henry Schoolcraft. Iosco is a Native American word meaning "water of light". It was used by Schoolcraft to refer to Indian men and boys. In 1840 the county was set off as Kanotin County, and renamed Iosco in 1843. The county was organized in 1857.

Demographics:

Iosco County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Set Off: 1840 as Kanotin County. Renamed Iosco in 1843

Iosco is a Native American word meaning "water of light" In 1840 it was set off as Kanotin County, and renamed Iosco in 1843 The county was organized in 1857

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,890 square miles (4,900 km2), of which 549 square miles (1,420 km2) is land and 1,341 square miles (3,470 km2) (71%) is water. The county is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Alcona County (north)
  • Arenac County (south)
  • Ogemaw County (west)

Education

Iosco County contains four public school districts: Hale Area Schools, Oscoda Area Schools, Tawas Area Schools, and Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools.

There are also 3 private elementary schools in the county: Emanuel Lutheran School in Tawas City, Holy Family School in East Tawas, and Shady Grove School in Whittemore.

Alpena Community College offers college-level courses at its campus on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda and local public school facilities.

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