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The 2000 Census showed that Lake County had a population of 11,333 people. This represented 0.11% of the total population of Michigan, making it the state's 75th most populous county (out of 83 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Lake had a population of 10,926 people. This is a decrease of 3.59% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201011,539+1.82%+5.61% since 2009
200910,926-3.59%-0.83% since 2008
200811,017-2.79%-0.77% since 2007
200711,103-2.03%-0.42% since 2006
200611,150-1.61%-5.16% since 2005
200511,757+3.74%-0.15% since 2004
200411,775+3.9%+0.88% since 2003
200311,672+2.99%+1.8% since 2002
200211,466+1.17%-0.86% since 2001
200111,565+2.05%+2.05% since 2000
200011,333The Last Census

Lake County had 13,498 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Lake County has a total area<3> of 574 square miles [1,488 km²]. Of this total, 567 square miles [1,469 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.25%) being water (7.17 square miles [18.57 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Lake County had a population density of 19.97 people per square mile [7.71 people/km²], making it the state's 71st most densely populated county (out of 83 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Lake County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Lake and the state of Michigan.

Click here for the Lake County QuickFact (QF-26085).

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Lake County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ManisteeQF-26101   NW24,43924,527-0.36%
MasonQF-26105   W28,63728,2741.28%
MecostaQF-26107   SE41,77540,5533.01%
NewaygoQF-26123   S48,68647,8741.7%
OceanaQF-26127   SW27,57726,8732.62%
OsceolaQF-26133   E22,70323,197-2.13%
WexfordQF-26165   NE31,55330,4843.51%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Lake. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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