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Livingston County, Michigan

Livingston County, Michigan
Livingston County Courthouse, Howell
Map of Michigan highlighting Livingston County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1833, organized in 1836[1]
Named for Edward Livingston
Seat Howell
Largest city Howell
 • Total 585 sq mi (1,515 km2)
 • Land 565 sq mi (1,463 km2)
 • Water 20 sq mi (52 km2), 3.4%
 • (2010) 180,967
 • Density 320/sq mi (124/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .com.livgovwww

Livingston County is a Cabinet counties", a group of counties whose names honor members of President Andrew Jackson's Cabinet, it is named after former U.S. Secretary of State Edward Livingston.[1]

Livingston County is included in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Livingston County's location in south-central Michigan offers its residents relatively convenient access to the major metropolitan centers of Detroit, Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Flint. People from Livingston County commute to all four of these cities, using the three major expressways which pass through the county: I-96, US 23, and M-59. Although continuing to be composed largely of bedroom communities, the county is experiencing and maintaining significant growth in both the service and industrial economic sectors. Major employers including Pepsico, Citizens Insurance and Ogihara Industries.

Brighton Recreation Area is located in the county. Charles Howell Scout Reservation was located on the western edge of Brighton Lake and served the Detroit Area Council for many years.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Media 3
  • Government 4
    • Elected officials 4.1
  • Politics 5
  • Communities 6
    • Cities 6.1
    • Villages 6.2
    • Unincorporated communities 6.3
    • Townships 6.4
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 585 square miles (1,520 km2), of which 565 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (3.4%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

Major highways


As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 180,967 people, 55,384 households, and 43,531 families residing in the county. The population density was 320 people per square mile (107/km²). There were 58,919 housing units at an average density of 104 per square mile (40/km²). 96.7% of the population were White, 0.8% Asian, 0.4% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% of some other race and 1.3% of two or more races. 1.9% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 20.8% were of German, 11.2% Irish, 10.6% English, 10.6% Polish, 6.5% American, 5.2% Italian and 5.1% French, French Canadian or Cajun ancestry. 95.9% spoke English and 1.7% Spanish as their first language.[11]

There were 55,384 households out of which 39.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.50% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.40% were non-families. 17.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.80% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 31.70% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 8.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 102.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

With a median household income of $67,400 (2008 estimate - $72,700), and a median family income of $75,284, Livingston county is one of the Highest-income counties in the United States and the highest-income county in Michigan. Males had a median income of $54,358 versus $32,073 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,069. About 2.40% of families and 3.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.60% of those under age 18 and 4.50% of those age 65 or over.

Livingston County has been the fastest-growing county in the state since the 1970s. More than 50% of the population of the county is located in the southeastern communities of Brighton Township, Genoa Township, Hamburg Township, Green Oak Township, the Village of Pinckney, Putnam Township and the city of Brighton.

The US Census Bureau in 2000 identified Brighton, Howell and the nearby city of South Lyon to be a contiguously-urbanized area, one of the newest such areas in the United States.


There are currently two local newspapers, the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, owned by Gannett Company, and The Community Journal, which is independently owned.

Published Sunday through Friday, the Daily Press & Argus was launched in 2000 through the combination of two weekly newspapers -- The Livingston County Press and The Brighton Argus—which served the communities for many decades.

The Community Journal was launched in February 2010 by Steve Horton and Buddy Moorehouse, two veteran newspaper professionals. It publishes every Tuesday, covering Pinckney, Fowlerville and the Howell areas. It is edited by veteran county journalist Stephenie Koehn. The Journal is published along with the Fowlerville News and Views, which has been published for 25 years by Horton and his wife Dawn. A weekly all-local paper,The Livingston Community News, was launched in May 2003 with offices in downtown Brighton and was closed in July 2009 when "The Ann Arbor News, the newspaper's parent company, ceased publication. Koehn was a former reporter with The Community News.

Other media in the county includes WHMI-FM, a Classic Hits radio station that has local news on the hour, and, a web-based product launched in the fall of 2009 by Moorehouse and fellow veteran journalist Maria Stuart. Moorehouse and Stuart previously worked as editors for a combined 45 years at the Daily Press and Argus.

The Marketeer is a free monthly magazine that is mailed to more than 42,000 in Livingston County. Its content is primarily advertising from local businesses plus articles and information about people and community events. The Marketeer has been published by George Moses Company since 1974.


The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget, but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

Elected officials

(information as of May 2015)


Presidential Election Results 1960-2008
Year Republican Democratic
2012 61.3% 60,000 38.0% 37,186
2008 55.6% 55,592 42.4% 42,349
2004 62.8% 58,860 36.2% 33,991
2000 59.1% 44,637 38.1% 28,780
1996 50.8% 30,598 37.4% 22,517
1992 44.6% 27,539 28.9% 17,851
1988 68.8% 31,331 30.2% 13,749
1984 74.4% 31,846 25.0% 10,720
1980 60.2% 25,012 30.4% 12,626
1976 59.8% 19,437 38.2% 12,415
1972 66.8% 16,856 30.3% 7,634
1968 51.0% 10,034 35.9% 7,052
1964 40.9% 6,723 59.0% 9,698
1960 64.7% 10,340 35.1% 5,608

Livingston County is a stronghold of the Republican Party. In 2008, Republican John McCain received 55,592 votes (55.6% of the county's vote) to 42,349 (42.4%) for Democrat Barack Obama, even as Obama carried the state by a double-digit margin.[12] Democrats last carried the county in 1964.

In 2004, Republican John Kerry. [13]

In 2000, George W. Bush received 44,637 votes (59.1%) to 28,780 (38.1%) for Democrat Al Gore.[14]

In 1996, Republican Bob Dole received 30,598 votes (50.8%) to 22,517 (37.4%) to Democrat Bill Clinton, who carried the state by a double-digit margin.[15]

In 1992, Republican Ross Perot received 15,971 (25.9%).[16]

In 1988, George H.W. Bush received 31,331 votes (68.8%) to 13,749 (30.2%) for Democrat Michael Dukakis.[17]

In 1984, Republican Ronald Reagan received 31,846 votes (74.4%) to 10,720 (25.0%) for Democrat Walter Mondale[18]




Unincorporated communities


See also


  1. ^ a b "Bibliography on Livingston County".  
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  11. ^ Data Access and Dissemination Systems (DADS). "American FactFinder". 
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  14. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - State Data". Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  15. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Data Graphs". Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  16. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Data Graphs". Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  17. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Data Graphs". Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  18. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Data Graphs". Retrieved 2010-07-22.

External links

  • Livingston County official website
  • Livingston County (Michigan) travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • "Bibliography on Livingston County".  

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