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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,443 km² (1,329 mi²). 3,258 km² (1,258 mi²) of it is land and 185 km² (72 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 5.38% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 58,309 people, 23,974 households, and 15,367 families residing in the county. The population density is 18/km² (46/mi²). There are 32,528 housing units at an average density of 10/km² (26/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 86.25% White, 2.11% Black or African American, 3.04% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 4.11% from other races, and 3.50% from two or more races. 11.39% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 23,974 households out of which 26.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.70% are married couples living together, 11.30% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.90% are non-families. 29.00% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.40% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.39 and the average family size is 2.92.
In the county the population is spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 6.00% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 26.80% from 45 to 64, and 19.50% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 43 years. For every 100 females there are 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $29,627, and the median income for a family is $35,818. Males have a median income of $35,771 versus $24,026 for females. The per capita income for the county is $16,825. 17.60% of the population and 12.90% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 22.80% are under the age of 18 and 7.30% are 65 or older.