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Benzie County, Michigan (MI)


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County population in 2012: 17,465 (all rural); it was 15,998 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,048
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,175
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,574
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,075 (it was 926 in 2000)
% of renters here:

14%
State:

28%

Land area: 321 sq. mi.
Water area: 538.3 sq. mi.
Population density: 54 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Benzie County: 83.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (23.7%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (13.5%), Retail trade (10.4%), Construction (10.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 15%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Benzie County, Michigan:


Median resident age:  46.0 years
Michigan median age:  38.0 years

Males: 8,701  (45.2%)
Females: 8,824  (54.8%)

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Benzie County,MI real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Benzie County:

2.0 people
Michigan:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $37,841 ($37,350 in 1999)
This county:

$37841
Michigan:

$45255

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $508 (lower quartile is $413, upper quartile is $592)
This county:

$508
State:

$591


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $145,823 (it was $104,700 in 2000)
Benzie County:

$145,823
Michigan:

$132,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $96,031 - $223,186

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $177,183
Here:

$177,183
State:

$168,888

Townhouses or other attached units: $743,098
Here:

$743,098
State:

$147,658

In 2-unit structures: $102,513
Here:

$102,513
State:

$101,322

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $267,755
Here:

$267,755
State:

$133,558

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $396,513
Here:

$396,513
State:

$144,298

Mobile homes: $99,337
Here:

$99,337
State:

$39,606
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,165
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $368

Institutionalized population: 146

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Benzie County, MI map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,267 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,180 (0.7%)


Benzie County household income distribution in 2009 Benzie County home values distribution


Benzie County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 11.0%
(9.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.3% for Black residents, 47.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 37.7% for American Indian residents, 47.8% for other race residents, 38.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 46 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 22 years old, American Indian residents: 42 years old, Asian residents: 37 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

7.0%
Whole state:

10.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

2.9%
Whole state:

4.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Benzie County is $545 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $660 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $824 a month.

Cities in this county include: Frankfort, Benzonia, Elberta, Thompsonville, Hardwood Acres, Beulah, Honor, Lake Ann, Bendon, Nessen City.

Benzie County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

2005 air pollution in Benzie County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.100 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (8-hour): 0.086 ppm (standard limit: 0.08 ppm). Near U.S. average.



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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Benzie County: Crystal Lake Country Club (A), Grass Lake Campground (B), White Pine Campground (C), Lake Ann Campground (D), Mistwood Golf Course (E), Turtle Lake Campground (F), Betsie River Campsite (G), Sunnywoods Resort and Campground (H), Champion Hill Golf Course (I), Pinecroft Golf Course (J), Timberline Campground (K), Vacation Trailer Park Campground (L), Inland Corners (M), Howard School (N), Homestead (O), Crystal Lake Golf Club (P), Pinecroft Golf Plantation (Q), Crystal Lake Yacht Club (R), Putney Corners (S), Carter Corners (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Benzie County include: Eden Church (A), Elm Grove Church (B), Gilmore Church (C), Inland Church (D), Almira Church (E), Carter Church (F), Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church (G), Reorganized Church (H), Homestead Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Benzonia Township Cemetery (1), Brundage Cemetery (2), Green Briar Cemetery (3), Old Inland Cemetery (4), New Inland Cemetery (5), Lake Ann Cemetery (6), Weldon Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Marys Lake (A), Turtle Lake (B), Ransom Lake (C), Twin Lake (D), Lower Woodcock Lake (E), Lower Herring Lake (F), Lake Louise (G), Lost Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Pickerel Creek (A), Grass Lake Creek (B), Crystal Lake Outlet (C), Herring Creek (D), Stanley Creek (E), Kinney Creek (F), Otter Creek (G), Brundage Creek (H), Little Betsie River (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Benzie County include: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (1), Bellows Park (2), Betsie River State Game Refuge (3), Railroad Point Natural Area (4), Pearl Lake Natural Area (5), Trapp Farm Nature Preserve (6), Veterans Park (7), Memorial Park (8), Pacific Salmon Historical Marker (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beaches: Crystal Beach (A), Onkeonwe Beach (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Grand Traverse County , Leelanau County , Manistee County , Wexford County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 435
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 20.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 269 (63% naturalized citizens)

Benzie County:

1.7%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 51.8%

Benzie County marital status for males
Benzie County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Benzie County with a mortgage: 2,164 (116 second mortgage, 260 home equity loan, 2 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,475

Here:

59.5% with mortgage
State:

69.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 29.55%
Here29.6%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 4,728
Total congregations: 29

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Church of ChristLDS (Mormon) Church
Adherents856 (18.1%)667 (14.1%)629 (13.3%)482 (10.2%)290 (6.1%)
Congregations5 (17.2%)2 (6.9%)1 (3.4%)1 (3.4%)1 (3.4%)
NameLutheran ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA) The Wesleyan ChurchConservative Congregational Christian ConferenceOther
Adherents228 (4.8%)201 (4.3%)200 (4.2%)190 (4.0%)985 (20.8%)
Congregations1 (3.4%)1 (3.4%)3 (10.3%)2 (6.9%)12 (41.4%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Benzie County - Frankfort, Benzonia, Elberta, Thompsonville, Hardwood Acres

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
This county:

2.86 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Benzie County:

1.14 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
This county:

4.58 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 21
Benzie County:

12.01 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.8%
Michigan:

9.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.8%
Michigan:

29.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Benzie County:

14.1%
State:

13.4%


Agriculture in Benzie County:

Average size of farms: 127 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $23,324
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $427.37
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 10.52%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 20.82%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $24,288
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 33.92%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 5.89%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $73,625
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.37%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.56
Corn for grain: 819 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 24 harvested acres
Vegetables: 177 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 2,941 acres

Tornado activity:

Benzie County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Michigan state average. It is 4.6 times below overall U.S. average.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Benzie County (3) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Emergencies Declared: 3

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (21%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Machinery (4%)
  • Health care (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Carpenters (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Benzie County (%):





Benzie County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,709 (80%)
  • Carpooled: 791 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 37 (1%)
  • Taxi: 2 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 6 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 15 (0%)
  • Walked: 207 (3%)
  • Other means: 47 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 306 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Benzie County, Michigan in 2000:

People in group quarters in Benzie County, Michigan in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $43,229.

8.53% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($47,718 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.53%
Michigan average:

5.24%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.80% relocated from other counties in Michigan ($36,032 average AGI)
1.73% relocated from other states ($11,687 average AGI)
Benzie County:

1.73%
Michigan average:

1.38%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Grand Traverse County, MI  2.76% ($29,400 average AGI)
from Manistee County, MI  0.57% ($31,425)
from Leelanau County, MI  0.38% ($33,074)
from Oakland County, MI  0.30% ($111,667)
from Wayne County, MI  0.25% ($54,500)
from Kent County, MI  0.23% ($32,188)
from Wexford County, MI  0.23% ($22,875)


7.52% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,473 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.52%
Michigan average:

5.98%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.63% relocated to other counties in Michigan ($21,530 average AGI)
1.89% relocated to other states ($7,943 average AGI)
Benzie County:

1.89%
Michigan average:

2.21%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Grand Traverse County, MI  2.30% ($30,466 average AGI)
to Manistee County, MI  0.66% ($24,435)
to Leelanau County, MI  0.34% ($30,917)
to Kent County, MI  0.20% ($24,929)
to Oakland County, MI  0.16% ($24,091)
to Wexford County, MI  0.16% ($36,545)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.7

Births per 1000 population in Benzie County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Benzie County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Benzie County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,347 (2,934 aged, 413 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.73
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 979.050
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 274.820
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 30442

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 963.5
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 895.490
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5.67

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 27.25
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 90.68

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 28.34
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 17,273

Size of family households: 2,702 2-persons, 942 3-persons, 764 4-persons, 365 5-persons, 129 6-persons, 68 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,911 1-person, 346 2-persons, 46 3-persons, 17 4-persons, 4 5-persons, 2 6-persons, 2 7-or-more-persons.

96.1% of residents of Benzie County speak English at home.
1.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (60% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 18% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
1.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (73% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other language at home (75% speak English very well, 3% speak English well, 22% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $87,947,000 ($5035 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,807,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $49,906,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $15,877,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $69,000
Federal grants: $15,909,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,799,000 ($100,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,387,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $670,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $7,203,000
Federal Government insurance: $681,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 1,053
Here:

60 per 1000 residents
State:

68 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 912
Here:

52 per 1000 residents
State:

45 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +31
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+12 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +1,505
Here +85 per 1000 residents
State -16 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Benzie County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.72 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.1

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Benzie County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 18
  • 2 rooms: 45
  • 3 rooms: 187
  • 4 rooms: 801
  • 5 rooms: 1,459
  • 6 rooms: 1,283
  • 7 rooms: 820
  • 8 rooms: 509
  • 9+ rooms: 452
  • 1 room: 24
  • 2 rooms: 63
  • 3 rooms: 170
  • 4 rooms: 262
  • 5 rooms: 187
  • 6 rooms: 91
  • 7 rooms: 56
  • 8 rooms: 40
  • 9+ rooms: 33
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Benzie County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 229
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,562
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,901
  • 4 bedrooms: 700
  • 5+ bedrooms: 162
  • no bedroom: 29
  • 1 bedroom: 235
  • 2 bedrooms: 342
  • 3 bedrooms: 234
  • 4 bedrooms: 81
  • 5+ bedrooms: 5
Cars and other vehicles available in Benzie County, Michigan in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 170
  • 1 vehicle: 1,488
  • 2 vehicles: 2,812
  • 3 vehicles: 824
  • 4 vehicles: 188
  • 5+ vehicles: 92
  • no vehicle: 98
  • 1 vehicle: 460
  • 2 vehicles: 249
  • 3 vehicles: 75
  • 4 vehicles: 31
  • 5+ vehicles: 13

58% of Benzie County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 35% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 82% lived in Michigan.

Benzie County:

58.0%
State average:

58.3%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $88,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Benzie County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (41.8%)
  • Utility gas (36.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (9.7%)
  • Wood (8.0%)
  • Electricity (3.8%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • Utility gas (46.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (30.7%)
  • Electricity (9.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (7.5%)
  • Wood (4.2%)
  • No fuel used (1.0%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 143
Here:

8.1%
Michigan:

11.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 62
Here:

7.5%
Michigan:

8.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 39
Here:

9.8%
Michigan:

16.5%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Benzie County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Benzie County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Benzie County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Benzie County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Benzie County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Benzie County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Benzie County, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary10679.1 years
John10574.7 years
William10275.6 years
Robert9972.7 years
Charles6374.5 years
James6275.1 years
George6178.1 years
Helen5080.9 years
Dorothy4781.9 years
Margaret4779.4 years
Most common last names in Benzie County, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith5277.2 years
Johnson4475.0 years
Jones2375.7 years
Clark2279.3 years
Miller1977.0 years
Martin1980.4 years
Mead1878.4 years
Williams1776.7 years
Anderson1774.2 years
Smeltzer1678.6 years
Businesses in Benzie County, MI
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1RadioShack1
Best Western1Subway2
Curves1True Value4
FedEx4U-Haul2
H&R Block1UPS3
La-Z-Boy1Vans1
McDonald's1Wendy's1
Browse common businesses in Benzie County, MI


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