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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.

Chippewa County, Michigan

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Chippewa County is a county in the Upper Peninsula of the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 38,520. The county seat is Sault Ste. Marie. The county is named for the Chippewa tribe, and was set off and organized in 1826.

Chippewa County comprises the Sault Ste. Marie, MI micropolitan statistical area.

Etymology - Origin of Chippewa County Name

Name for the Chippewa or Ojibwa, the largest of the Algonquin tribes. The word referred to the puckered seams on their moccasins: "he who wears puckered shoes."


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Chippewa County History

Chippewa County is named for the Chippewa, or Ojibwe, Native American people.

Set Off: 1826

Organized: 1826

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,698 square miles (6,990 km2), of which 1,558 square miles (4,040 km2) is land and 1,140 square miles (3,000 km2) (42%) is water. It is the second-largest county in Michigan by land area and fifth-largest by total area.

The Michigan Meridian runs through the eastern portion of the county. South of Nine Mile Road, M-129 (Meridian Road) overlays the meridian. In Sault Ste. Marie, Meridian Street north of 12th Avenue overlays the meridian.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Luce County (west)
  • Mackinac County (south)
  • Algoma District, Ontario (north, east)


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