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3 Cities and towns
Geography\nAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,559 km² (602 mi²). 1,235 km² (477 mi²) of it is land and 324 km² (125 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 20.76% water.
Demographics\nAs of the census2 of 2000, there are 23,110 people, 9,222 households, and 6,713 families residing in the county. The population density is 19/km² (48/mi²). There are 15,090 housing units at an average density of 12/km² (32/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 97.01% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 1.07% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 1.23% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 9,222 households out of which 29.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.00% are married couples living together, 7.90% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% are non-families. 23.40% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.50% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.47 and the average family size is 2.89.
In the county the population is spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 26.60% from 45 to 64, and 17.50% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 96.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $38,107, and the median income for a family is $43,488. Males have a median income of $32,248 versus $21,699 for females. The per capita income for the county is $19,485. 9.00% of the population and 6.20% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 11.40% are under the age of 18 and 6.50% are 65 or older.
Cities and towns\n*Banks Township\n*Bellaire\n*Central Lake Township\n*Central Lake\n*Chestonia Township\n*Custer Township\n*Echo Township\n*Elk Rapids Township\n*Elk Rapids\n*Ellsworth\n*Forest Home Township\n*Helena Township\n*Jordan Township\n*Kearney Township\n*Mancelona Township\n*Mancelona\n*Milton Township\n*Star Township\n*Torch Lake Township\n*Warner Township