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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.

Manistee County, Michigan

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Manistee County is a county located in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 24,733. The county seat is Manistee. The name "Manistee" is from an Ojibwe word first applied to the principal river of the county. The derivation is not certain, but it may be from ministigweyaa, "river with islands at its mouth".

Etymology - Origin of Manistee County Name

Manistee County was named for the Manistee River, which in turn is from the Ojibwe name, ministigweyaa meaning (river) at whose mouth there are islands

Demographics:

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Manistee County History

Manistee County was named for the Manistee River, which in turn is from the Ojibwe name, ministigweyaa meaning (river) at whose mouth there are islands

Set Off: 1840

Organized: 1855

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,281 square miles (3,320 km2), of which 542 square miles (1,400 km2) is land and 738 square miles (1,910 km2) (58%) is water. Manistee County is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Benzie County (north)
  • Wexford County (east)
  • Lake County (southeast)
  • Mason County (southwest)

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