Luce County, Michigan

Luce County, Michigan

Luce County Government Building
Map of Michigan highlighting Luce County
Location in the U.S. state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1887[1]
Named for Cyrus G. Luce
Seat Newberry
Largest village Newberry
  Total 1,912 sq mi (4,952 km2)
  Land 899 sq mi (2,328 km2)
  Water 1,013 sq mi (2,624 km2), 53%
  (2010) 6,631
  Density 7.4/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Luce County is a county located in the Upper peninsula in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,631,[2] making it the second-least populous county in Michigan. The county seat is Newberry.[3] The county was set off and organized in 1887 and named after former Michigan Governor Cyrus G. Luce.[1]

In 2002, Newberry was designated as the moose capital of Michigan by the state legislature.[4]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,912 square miles (4,950 km2), of which 899 square miles (2,330 km2) is land and 1,013 square miles (2,620 km2) (53%) is water.[5] Luce County is part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It has a northern border with Canada across Lake Superior.

Major highways


Luce County Airport (KERY), provides service for the county and surrounding communities.

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20156,415[6]−3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[2]

The 2010 United States Census[11] indicates Luce County had a population of 6,631. This is a decrease of 393 people from the 2000 United States Census. This is a -5.6% change in population. In 2010 there were 2,412 households and 1,542 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 4,343 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.4% White, 11.1% Black or African American, 5.0% Native American, 0.3% Asian and 3.1% of two or more races. 1.2% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 14.5% were of German, 7.6% French, French Canadian or Cajun, 7.4% Irish, 6.8% English, 6.3% American and 5.5% Finnish ancestry.[12]

There were 2,412 households out of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the county the population was spread out with 17.9% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 29.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. The population was 57.7% male and 42.3% female.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,083, and the median income for a family was $49,948. The per capita income for the county was $18,294. About 12.6% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.7% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.


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 July 2013)[13]




See also


  1. 1 2 "Bibliography on Luce County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  2. 1 2 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  3. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. "Newberry, Official Moose Capital of Michigan". Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  5. "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  6. "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  7. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  8. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  9. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  10. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  11. "Census 2010 American Fact Finder". Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  12. Data Access and Dissemination Systems (DADS). "American FactFinder".
  13. "Luce County Official Website". Retrieved July 17, 2013.


Coordinates: 46°17′N 85°20′W / 46.28°N 85.33°W / 46.28; -85.33

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