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Roscommon County, Michigan (MI)


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County population in 2012: 24,106 (34% urban, 66% rural); it was 25,469 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 5,391
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,073
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 9,654
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,969 (it was 1,596 in 2000)
% of renters here:

14%
State:

28%

Land area: 521 sq. mi.
Water area: 58.4 sq. mi.
Population density: 47 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Roscommon County: 82.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (20.8%), Retail trade (19.8%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (11.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 76%
  • Government: 14%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Roscommon County, Michigan:


Median resident age:  53.0 years
Michigan median age:  38.0 years

Males: 12,196  (51.3%)
Females: 12,253  (48.7%)

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Roscommon County,MI real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Roscommon County:

2.0 people
Michigan:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $30,424 ($30,029 in 1999)
This county:

$30424
Michigan:

$45255

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $425 (lower quartile is $340, upper quartile is $511)
This county:

$425
State:

$591


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $99,396 (it was $76,600 in 2000)
Roscommon County:

$99,396
Michigan:

$132,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $64,312 - $172,248

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $130,770
Here:

$130,770
State:

$168,888

Townhouses or other attached units: $216,879
Here:

$216,879
State:

$147,658

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $113,504
Here:

$113,504
State:

$144,298

Mobile homes: $106,730
Here:

$106,730
State:

$39,606
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $986
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $298

Institutionalized population: 232

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):


Roscommon County, MI map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,118 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,089 (1.0%)


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


Roscommon County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 21.4%
(20.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 11.3% for Black residents, 15.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 52.1% for American Indian residents, 9.9% for other race residents, 53.7% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 53 years old
(Males: 52 years old, Females: 53 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 53 years old, Black residents: 23 years old, American Indian residents: 43 years old, Asian residents: 30 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 34 years old, Other race residents: 44 years old)

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

12.4%
Whole state:

10.5%

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

4.9%
Whole state:

4.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Roscommon County is $420 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $653 a month.

Cities in this county include: Houghton Lake, St. Helen, Prudenville, Roscommon.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Roscommon County: Houghton Lake State Forest Campground (A), Moore Station (B), Saint Helen Station (C), Birch Pointe Golf Club (D), Artesia Beach Campground (E), Higgin Hills RV Park (F), Houghton Lake State Game Farm (G), Great Circle Campground (H), South Higgns Lake State Park West Campground (I), South Higgins Lake State Park East Campground (J), Sandyoak RV Park (K), Poplars Resort and Campground (L), Burning Oak Country Club (M), Ye Olde Country Club (N), Higgins Lake Campground (O), Nine Mile Hill Rest Area (P), Houghton Lake Rest Area (Q), Higgins Lake Rest Area (R), Camp Co Be Ac (S), Rockefellers Cabins (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Roscommon County include: Gerrish Church (A), Saint Huberts Church (B), Higgins Lake Baptist Church (C), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (D), Church on the Lakes Free Methodist Church (E), Houghton Lake Community Church (F), Pathway Southern Baptist Church (G), Houghton Lake Seventh Day Adventist Church (H), Immanuel Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Markey Cemetery (1), Roscommon Township Cemetery (2), Oakwood Cemetery (3), Heidemann Cemetery (4), Gerrish Township Cemetery (5), Prudenville Cemetery (6), Nolan Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Marl Lake (A), Pup Lake (B), Lost Lakes (C), Little Woods Lake (D), Little Lake (E), Little Headquarters Lake (F), Lake Co-Be-Ac (G), Leith Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Asum Creek (A), Backus Creek (B), Townline Creek (C), Town Line Creek (D), Wolf Creek (E), Big Creek (F), The Cut (G), Haymarsh Creek (H), Hudson Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Roscommon County include: Houghton Lake Wildlife Research Area (1), Lyon Township Park (2), Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve (3), Gerrish Historical Marker (4), American Legion Park (5), Backus Creek State Game Area (6), South Higgins Lake State Park (7), Markey Park (8). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Clare County , Crawford County , Gladwin County , Kalkaska County , Missaukee County , Ogemaw County , Oscoda County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 763
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 79.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 428 (75% naturalized citizens)

Roscommon County:

1.7%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 70.4%

Roscommon County marital status for males
Roscommon County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Roscommon County with a mortgage: 4,020 (228 second mortgage, 510 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 3,704

Here:

52.0% with mortgage
State:

69.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 32.12%
Here32.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 8,180
Total congregations: 33

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAEpiscopal Church
Adherents3,986 (48.7%)783 (9.6%)636 (7.8%)528 (6.5%)312 (3.8%)
Congregations5 (15.2%)2 (6.1%)2 (6.1%)2 (6.1%)2 (6.1%)
NameAssemblies of GodNational Association of Congregational Christian Churches The Wesleyan ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionOther
Adherents299 (3.7%)262 (3.2%)250 (3.1%)229 (2.8%)895 (10.9%)
Congregations3 (9.1%)1 (3.0%)1 (3.0%)4 (12.1%)11 (33.3%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Roscommon County - Houghton Lake, St. Helen, Prudenville, Roscommon

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
This county:

1.97 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
Roscommon County:

1.97 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
This county:

7.08 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 31
Roscommon County:

12.20 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.4%
Michigan:

9.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

30.5%
Michigan:

29.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Roscommon County:

15.3%
State:

13.4%


Agriculture in Roscommon County:

Average size of farms: 161 acres
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $271.14
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $8,770
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 22.46%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.30%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $23,106
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 95.65%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.30

Tornado activity:

Roscommon County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is below Michigan state average. It is 1.3 times below overall U.S. average.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Roscommon County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 3

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (14%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Transportation equipment (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (4%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Cashiers (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)

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




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





Roscommon County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 7,055 (81%)
  • Carpooled: 1,033 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 48 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 6 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 4 (0%)
  • Walked: 177 (2%)
  • Other means: 92 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 304 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $36,600.

7.25% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($43,268 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.25%
Michigan average:

5.24%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.11% relocated from other counties in Michigan ($36,780 average AGI)
1.13% relocated from other states ($6,489 average AGI)
Roscommon County:

1.13%
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 Wayne County, MI  0.66% ($46,797 average AGI)
from Genesee County, MI  0.63% ($48,361)
from Oakland County, MI  0.54% ($89,365)
from Macomb County, MI  0.48% ($58,809)
from Crawford County, MI  0.35% ($25,971)
from Saginaw County, MI  0.26% ($40,480)
from Ogemaw County, MI  0.22% ($19,714)


6.73% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,817 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.73%
Michigan average:

5.98%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.93% relocated to other counties in Michigan ($20,754 average AGI)
1.80% relocated to other states ($7,063 average AGI)
Roscommon County:

1.80%
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 Oakland County, MI  0.39% ($32,158 average AGI)
to Crawford County, MI  0.38% ($22,703)
to Ogemaw County, MI  0.30% ($17,586)
to Genesee County, MI  0.28% ($18,148)
to Saginaw County, MI  0.26% ($25,520)
to Wayne County, MI  0.25% ($34,833)
to Macomb County, MI  0.22% ($32,571)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.8

Births per 1000 population in Roscommon County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Roscommon County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Roscommon County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 7,726 (6,589 aged, 1,137 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 874.270
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1495.460
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7.67

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 38.35
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 72.86

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 11.5

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 183.2. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 24,172

Size of family households: 4,565 2-persons, 1,228 3-persons, 797 4-persons, 378 5-persons, 136 6-persons, 68 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 3,679 1-person, 511 2-persons, 47 3-persons, 15 4-persons, 6 5-persons, 3 6-persons.

96.5% of residents of Roscommon County speak English at home.
0.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (68% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).
2.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (83% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (66% speak English very well, 34% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (55% speak English very well, 45% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $193,526,000 ($7414 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,519,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $108,885,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $55,726,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,000
Federal grants: $26,398,000
Federal procurement contracts: $563,000 ($49,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,948,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $438,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $7,318,000
Federal Government insurance: $45,000

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

Births: 1,041
Here:

40 per 1000 residents
State:

68 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,947
Here:

75 per 1000 residents
State:

45 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +9
Here:

+0 per 1000 residents
State:

+12 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +1,560
Here +60 per 1000 residents
State -16 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Roscommon County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.20 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.1

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Roscommon County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 12
  • 2 rooms: 120
  • 3 rooms: 448
  • 4 rooms: 1,664
  • 5 rooms: 2,820
  • 6 rooms: 2,409
  • 7 rooms: 1,095
  • 8 rooms: 636
  • 9+ rooms: 450
  • 1 room: 43
  • 2 rooms: 119
  • 3 rooms: 303
  • 4 rooms: 510
  • 5 rooms: 342
  • 6 rooms: 159
  • 7 rooms: 64
  • 8 rooms: 46
  • 9+ rooms: 10
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Roscommon County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 26
  • 1 bedroom: 405
  • 2 bedrooms: 3,715
  • 3 bedrooms: 4,525
  • 4 bedrooms: 869
  • 5+ bedrooms: 114
  • no bedroom: 48
  • 1 bedroom: 379
  • 2 bedrooms: 725
  • 3 bedrooms: 363
  • 4 bedrooms: 72
  • 5+ bedrooms: 9
Cars and other vehicles available in Roscommon County, Michigan in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 424
  • 1 vehicle: 3,627
  • 2 vehicles: 4,426
  • 3 vehicles: 945
  • 4 vehicles: 171
  • 5+ vehicles: 61
  • no vehicle: 244
  • 1 vehicle: 865
  • 2 vehicles: 385
  • 3 vehicles: 90
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5+ vehicles: 12

59% of Roscommon County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 37% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 86% lived in Michigan.

Roscommon County:

58.5%
State average:

58.3%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $71,000


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 Roscommon County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (63.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (25.3%)
  • Electricity (5.8%)
  • Wood (4.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.2%)
  • Utility gas (70.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (17.9%)
  • Electricity (8.1%)
  • Wood (1.9%)
  • Other fuel (1.4%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 206
Here:

8.0%
Michigan:

11.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 52
Here:

3.7%
Michigan:

8.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 72
Here:

11.0%
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

Roscommon County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Roscommon County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Roscommon County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Roscommon County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Roscommon 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 Roscommon County, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John27172.6 years
William24975.1 years
Robert23871.0 years
James17371.0 years
Mary16677.8 years
George14676.3 years
Charles14473.6 years
Donald12272.3 years
Joseph12274.0 years
Richard11170.2 years
Most common last names in Roscommon County, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith8574.1 years
Miller6374.9 years
Johnson5577.1 years
Williams3977.4 years
Brown3674.2 years
Clark3179.0 years
Jones3079.2 years
Davis3071.5 years
Scott2676.5 years
Anderson2575.0 years
Businesses in Roscommon County, MI
NameCountNameCount
Arby's1Little Caesars Pizza1
Burger King2MasterBrand Cabinets4
Comfort Inn1McDonald's3
Comfort Suites1Nike1
Curves1Penske1
Dairy Queen2RadioShack1
Fashion Bug1Rite Aid3
FedEx1Sears1
GNC2Super 81
GameStop1Taco Bell1
H&R Block1True Value2
Home Depot1U-Haul2
KFC1UPS4
Kmart1Walgreens1
La-Z-Boy1Walmart1
Lane Furniture1
Browse common businesses in Roscommon County, MI


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