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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.

Ottawa County, Michigan

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Ottawa County is a county located in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 263,801. The county seat is Grand Haven. The county is named for the Ottawa Nation. It was set off in 1831 and organized in 1837.

Ottawa County is included in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Ottawa County Name

Ottawa County is named for the Native American Ottawa people.


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Ottawa County History

Ottawa County is named for the Native American Ottawa people.

Set Off: 1831

Organized: 1837

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,631 square miles (4,220 km2), of which 563 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 1,068 square miles (2,770 km2) (65%) is water

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Muskegon County (north)
  • Kent County (east)
  • Allegan County (south)
  • Milwaukee County, Wisconsin (west)
  • Racine County, Wisconsin (west)


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