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The 2000 Census showed that Newaygo County had a population of 47,874 people. This represented 0.48% of the total population of Michigan, making it the state's 36th most populous county (out of 83 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Newaygo had a population of 48,686 people. This is an increase of 1.7% 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
201048,460+1.22%-0.46% since 2009
200948,686+1.7%-0.79% since 2008
200849,072+2.5%-0.37% since 2007
200749,252+2.88%+0.12% since 2006
200649,193+2.76%-0.35% since 2005
200549,368+3.12%+0.3% since 2004
200449,218+2.81%+0.38% since 2003
200349,034+2.42%+0.68% since 2002
200248,704+1.73%+0.24% since 2001
200148,588+1.49%+1.49% since 2000
200047,874The Last Census

Newaygo County had 23,202 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Newaygo County has a total area<3> of 861 square miles [2,230 km²]. Of this total, 842 square miles [2,181 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.21%) being water (19.03 square miles [49.28 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Newaygo County had a population density of 56.8 people per square mile [21.94 people/km²], making it the state's 43rd 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 Newaygo County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Newaygo and the state of Michigan.

Click here for the Newaygo County QuickFact (QF-26123).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Newaygo County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
KentQF-26081   S608,315574,3355.92%
LakeQF-26085   N10,92611,333-3.59%
MasonQF-26105   NW28,63728,2741.28%
MecostaQF-26107   E41,77540,5533.01%
MontcalmQF-26117   SE62,73361,2662.39%
MuskegonQF-26121   SW173,951170,2002.2%
OceanaQF-26127   W27,57726,8732.62%
OsceolaQF-26133   NE22,70323,197-2.13%

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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 Newaygo. 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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