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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 10,607 km² (4,095 mi²). 10,170 km² (3,926 mi²) of it is land and 437 km² (169 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 4.12% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 50,888 people, 20,496 households, and 14,121 families residing in the county. The population density is 5/km² (13/mi²). There are 28,222 housing units at an average density of 3/km² (7/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 98.00% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.46% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 20,496 households out of which 31.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.20% are married couples living together, 10.10% have a female householder with no husband present, and 31.10% are non-families. 24.60% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.20% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.44 and the average family size is 2.87.
In the county the population is spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $30,731, and the median income for a family is $36,464. Males have a median income of $29,032 versus $20,745 for females. The per capita income for the county is $15,474. 14.90% of the population and 11.10% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 19.40% are under the age of 18 and 12.50% are 65 or older.
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