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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.

Charlevoix County, Michigan

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Charlevoix County is a county in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 25,949. The county seat is Charlevoix. The county was named for Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, a Jesuit missionary in 1843. The county was originally set off in 1840 as Keskkauko, and name changed in 1843. It was later organized in 1869.

Etymology - Origin of Charlevoix County Name

Charlevoix County is named for French Jesuit missionary Pierre Fran?is Xavier de Charlevoix.


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Charlevoix County History

Charlevoix County is named for French Jesuit missionary Pierre Fran?is Xavier de Charlevoix.

Set off: 1840 as Keskkauko. Name changed to Charlevoix in 1843.

Organized: 1869

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,390 square miles (3,600 km2), of which 416 square miles (1,080 km2) is land and 974 square miles (2,520 km2) (70%) is water. It is the fourth-smallest county in Michigan by land area.

Lake Charlevoix, with 17,200 acres (7,000 ha) surface area and 56 miles (90 km) of shoreline, is a very prominent feature of the county. Gull, Hat, Pismire, and Shoe Islands, which are part of the Beaver Island archipelago, form the Lake Michigan division of the Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and two of them are part of the Michigan Islands Wilderness Area.

The county is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Emmet County (north)
  • Cheboygan County (northeast)
  • Otsego County (southeast)
  • Antrim County (south)


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