About Emmet County, Census and Population data
Here are some of the nuts and bolts about Emmet County, Michigan:
The County of Emmet
Organized in 1853
County Seat – Petoskey
POPULATION: 2010 Census – 32,694
Scroll down for most current Census data
LAND AREA: 295,040 acres which includes: 197,677 acres of forested land, 113,285 acres of crop and pasture land, 10,400 acres of inland water area, 68 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.
AIRPORTS: Pellston Regional Airport (PLN) served by Delta Airlines
Harbor Springs Municipal Airport (MGN)- Executive Class
ROADS: 92 miles of State trunk lines, 419.82 miles of paved county roads, 408.18 miles of gravel and earth county roads
EMMET COUNTY OFFERS:
- Forest cover, scenic, rolling topography and Lake Michigan shoreline that combine to provide an excellent physical environment in which to live. Nearly 30% of the County’s land area is in public ownership (state, federal, county and local government lands).
- Year round recreational resources and facilities for swimming, boating, golfing, fishing, hunting, skating, snowmobiling and skiing. Also, a 287-acre County Park (Camp Pet-o-se-ga), which offers 90 camp sites with electric and water hook-up, a fully modern bath house and cabin rentals, and the 600-acre Headlands International Dark Sky Park, adjacent to the Village of Mackinaw City, Cecil Bay park and many other amenities, trails and assets!
- Multiple shopping centers, and the Petoskey Gaslight Shopping District, Harbor Springs Downtown, Bay Harbor, and the Villages of Alanson and Pellston which offer shopping opportunities as well.
- Excellent medial facilities – McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, a regional facility with a large number of on staff medical specialists, unequaled in Northern Michigan. Several assisted living facilities, nursing homes and Bay Bluffs, an Emmet County Medical Care Facility.
- Excellent public and private schools, North Central Michigan College, local newspapers, radio and television stations, and churches of many denominations.
Many cultural and civic organizations and activities at historic Bay View and the Crooked Tree Arts Center.
- Industrial parks and industrial sites, including airport locations.
- Five marinas – Bay Harbor, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Ponshewaing, and Alanson.
- A comprehensive community college curriculum, a business assistance center and a University Center is located at North Central Michigan College, with excellent facilities for conferences in a 71,000 sq. ft. Student and Community Resource Building.
The County has 21 units of government, which includes 2 cities, 3 incorporated villages and 16 townships.
Emmet County is also home to the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, a native American Community that manages a gaming casino, and provides a variety of services for tribal members, including housing, health care and other social services.
2010 U.S. Census Summary
Highlights of 2010 Census Data, released March 22, 2011 (most current Census available)
Even though Michigan’s population overall decreased slightly from 2000 to 2010, several areas of the state experienced significant growth, including Northwest Michigan.
Over the last decade, the population of the 10 counties within “Region 10,” (the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, including Emmet County) grew by 5.8 percent, according to the figures released by the Census Bureau on March 22, 2011.
The data shows Emmet County’s population is 32,694, indicating a 0-5 percent gain from the 2000 Census.
The population of the West Michigan area, Planning Region 8 which consists of seven counties in the Grand Rapids area, also grew significantly, by 6 percent over the last decade.
Those areas losing population include the city of Detroit, cities with more than 100,000 residents, central metropolitan counties and northeastern Michigan.
The state’s total population is 9,883,640.
To read a summary of the Michigan census results, click here.
Areas of Growth and Decline
Several areas of the state experienced significant growth.
• Areas of population growth include:
+6.2% townships as a group
+6.0% West Michigan
(Planning Region 8, which consists of seven counties in the Grand Rapids area)
(Planning Region 10, which consists of 10 counties in the Traverse City area
including Emmet County)
+4.0% fringe metropolitan counties
• Areas of population decline include
-25.0% the city of Detroit
-15.5% cities with 100,000 or more residents
-6.8% cities as a group
-4.2% central metropolitan counties
-3.2% Northeast Michigan
(Planning Region 9, which consists of eight counties north of Higgins Lake and
generally east of I-75)
-2.0% the Upper Peninsula
The population count for the city of Detroit (713,777) is considerably lower than expected from both SEMCOG’s latest estimate (772,419 for July 2010) and the Census Bureau’s latest estimate (910,920 for 2009). The Census Bureau’s estimate was based in part on an alternative methodology that is used for communities that challenge their initial estimate. Because the alternative methodology assumes no change in vacancy rate or household size since the prior census, it tends to overstate population levels for most of the communities that challenge their initial figures. Future use of the alternative methodology is under review by the Census Bureau.
The data for Michigan shows that the five most populous incorporated places and their 2010 Census counts are Detroit, 713,777; Grand Rapids, 188,040; Warren, 134,056; Sterling Heights, 129,699; and Lansing, 114,297. Detroit decreased by 25 percent since the 2000 Census. Grand Rapids decreased by 4.9 percent, Warren decreased by 3 percent, Sterling Heights grew by 4.2 percent, and Lansing decreased by 4.1 percent.
The largest county is Wayne, with a population of 1,820,584. Its population decreased by 11.7 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top five include Oakland, with a population of 1,202,362 (increase of 0.7 percent); Macomb, 840,978 (increase of 6.7 percent); Kent, 602,622 (increase of 4.9 percent); and Genesee, 425,790 (decrease of 2.4 percent).
Census data is used by state officials to realign congressional and state legislative districts, taking into account population shifts since the 2000 Census.
Race and Hispanic Origin
Like other states, Michigan has continued to become more racially diverse. Although its non-Hispanic white population decreased, most of Michigan’s other principal race and Hispanic population categories increased from 2000 to 2010.
Michigan’s non-Hispanic Asian population has increased slightly faster than any of Michigan’s other major race/Hispanic groups since 2000. This segment of Michigan’s population increased by 34.9 percent from 2000-2010. When combined with Pacific Islanders, the increase was 34.5 percent, which is very close to the growth of 34.7 percent that had been expected from the Census Bureau’s latest population estimates.
Michigan’s Hispanic population grew by 34.7 percent from 2000 to 2010. This is somewhat higher than the growth of 31.7 percent that had been expected from the Census Bureau’s latest population estimates. This is consistent with the experience of other states. (Of the first 32 states for which census data was released, 28 had higher Hispanic populations than previously expected. The total Hispanic population of these 32 states exceeded the expected level by 1.6 percent.)
Michigan’s non-Hispanic white population declined by 3.0 percent, which is somewhat greater than the decline of 2.1 percent that had been expected from the Census Bureau’s latest population estimates. This is consistent with the experience of other states. (Of the first 32 states for which census data was released, 28 had lower non-Hispanic white populations than previously expected. The total non-Hispanic white population of these 32 states was 1.6 percent lower than the expected level.)
Distribution of Michigan Population by Race and Hispanic Origin
Race Category % of Total % Change Since 2000
Total Population 100.0% – 0.6%
Hispanic 4.4% +34.7%
Non-Hispanic White Alone 76.6% – 3.0%
Non-Hispanic Black Alone 14.0% – 1.3%
Non-Hispanic Native American Alone 0.6% +2.3%
Non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Alone 2.4% 34.5%
Non-Hispanic Multiracial 1.9% 16.5%
Housing Units and Vacancy Rates
Michigan’s housing stock increased by 7.0 percent from 4,234,279 in 2000 to 4,532,233 in 2010. Its vacancy rate increased from 10.6% to 14.6%. Most of the housing units that are classified as vacant in the Census are second homes and seasonal residences, and they are concentrated in the northern half of the state.
2010 Census Data
|Civil Division||2010 Census Population|
|United States of America||308,745,538|
|State of Michigan||9,883,640|
|County of Emmet||32,694|
|Littlefield (excluding Alanson)||2,240|
|McKinley (excluding Pellston)||674|
|Maple River (excluding Pellston)||1,149|
|Wawatam (excluding Mackinaw City)||155|
|Mackinaw City (Part in Emmet County)||506|
Summary of County Population Projections
|Projection Reference||2000 Population||2010 Population||2020 Population|
|Long Term Arithmetic||31,437||36,099||40,468|
|Long Term Trend||31,437||35,656||39,883|
|Long Term Ratio Apportionment||31,437||N/A||N/A|
|Short Term Arithmetic||31,437||37,834||44,231|
|Straight Line Projection||31,437||33,328||37,315|
|Short Term Ratio Apportionment||31,437||31,883||33,799|
|Average Projection Population||—||34,960||39,139|
Following is a brief discussion of various projections applicable to Emmet County:
- Long-Term Arithmetic ProjectionBetween 1970 and 2000, Emmet County’s population increased at the rate of 436.9 persons per year. Projecting this rate, the 2010 population results in a figure of 36,099.
- Short-Term Arithmetic ProjectionBetween 1990 and 2000, Emmet County’s population increased at a rate of 639.7 persons per year. Projecting this rate, the 2010 population results in a figure of 37,834.
- Long-Term TrendThe State of Michigan preliminary population projections projected to the year 2020. Utilizing the projection data and adjusting for the actual 2000 census data, the 2010 projected population for Emmet County is 35,656.
- Straight Line ProjectionThe projections to the years 2010 and 2020 are the results of a “straight line projection” of the trends experienced between 1980 and 2000.
- Short Term Ratio ApportionmentThe projections are based on the percentage of Emmet County population as it relates to the State of Michigan in the 2000 Census. If Emmet County holds its 2000 percentage share of the State of Michigan’s 2000 population and assume that this ratio continues to 2010 and 2020, the projection results are 31,883 and 33,799 respectively.
- Long Term Ratio ApportionmentEmploying a ratio apportionment projection technique with a population base dating back to 1970, the Emmet County projection would decline to 27,196 by 2010. This low projection result is deemed inapplicable to Emmet County’s actual growth situation and growth potential based on actual 2000 Census data. This method has been deleted from any further consideration.
|Civil Divisions Townships||Low 2010||High 2010||Low 2020||High 2020||Based on Percentage|
|Ciry of Harbor Springs||1,540||1,567||1,540||1,567||1,573||1,580|
|City of Petoskey||6,077||6,085||6,075||6,085||6,083||6,075|
|Civil Divisions Townships||1970 Pop.||1970 to 1980||1980 Pop.||1980 to 1990||1990 Pop.||1990 to 2000||2000 Pop.|