Lenawee County, Michigan

Lenawee County, Michigan

Lenawee County, Michigan
Lenawee County Courthouse
Map of Michigan highlighting Lenawee County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded September 10, 1826, split off Monroe County[1]
Seat Adrian
Largest city Adrian
 • Total 761 sq mi (1,971 km2)
 • Land 750 sq mi (1,942 km2)
 • Water 12 sq mi (31 km2), 1.6%
Population (est.)
 • (2013) 99,188
 • Density 132/sq mi (51/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .us.mi.lenaweewww

Lenawee County ("LENN-a-way") is a

  • Lenawee County Conference & Visitors Bureau
  • Lenawee County Drain Commissioner
  • Lenawee County Government Site
  • Lenawee County Road Commission
  • published in 1909 by the Western Historical SocietyHistory of Lenawee CountyComplete text of
  • Lenawee County Directory Site

External links

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Unincorporated communities

Census-designated places




The median income for a household in the county was $45,739, and the median income for a family was $53,661. Males had a median income of $38,458 versus $25,510 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,186. About 4.40% of families and 6.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.10% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.

There were 35,930 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.07.

As of the census of 2000, there were 98,890 people, 35,930 households, and 26,049 families residing in the county. The population density was 132 people per square mile (51/km²). There were 39,769 housing units at an average density of 53 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.51% White, 2.12% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.01% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. 6.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.4% were of German, 11.6% English, 10.2% American and 9.9% Irish ancestry according to the 2000 United States Census. 94.7% spoke English and 4.2% Spanish as their first language.


  • District 1: David Stimpson (Republican)
  • District 2: John Lapham (Republican)
  • District 3: Robert Hall (Republican)
  • District 4: Cletus Smith (Republican)
  • District 5: Karol "Kz" Bolton (Democrat)
  • District 6: Don Welch (Republican)
  • District 7: John Tuckerman (Republican)
  • District 8: Ralph Tillotson (Republican)
  • District 9: Chris Wittenbach (Republican)

County Commission

Elected officials

Lenawee County Courthouse, Adrian

In Presidential politics, the county is considered a Governor of Georgia.

Most of Lenawee County is represented by Republican Nancy Jenkins in the Michigan House of Representatives. Jenkins represents the 57th District, previously held by brothers Doug and Dudley Spade, both Democrats. Each of the Spade brothers served for the maximum three terms. In 2008, Dudley Spade defeated Nancy Jenkin's mother, Republican Emma Jenkins. Cambridge Township, which includes Onsted, is part of the 65th District, which covers much of the Irish Hills and is represented by Republican Mike Shirkey. Lenawee County is part of the 16th State Senate District, represented by Republican Bruce Caswell of Hillsdale. Caswell was preceded by Republican Cameron Brown. The district contains all of Lenawee, Hillsdale, and Branch Counties.

Lenawee County is located in Michigan's 7th congressional district, which is represented by Tea-Party backed Tim Walberg, who is a resident of the County. Walberg previously served as Lenawee's state representative. Walberg won the district, which includes all of Lenawee County, Jackson County, Hillsdale County, Branch County, and Eaton County, as well as parts of Calhoun County and Washtenaw County, after defeating then-incumbent Democrat Mark Schauer. Schauer had defeated Walberg in the 2008 congressional election, after Walberg's first stint in Congress. Walberg defeated incumbent Republican Joe Schwarz, a former State Representative and gubernatorial candidate, during the 2006 primary election. Also during the 2006 midterm elections, Lenawee County voted for businessman Dick DeVos, the Republican nominee.

Lenawee County has supported candidates from both political parties in statewide elections making it a swing county. Tecumseh and Adrian have tended to lean Democrat, while Dover, Madison, and Riga Townships have tended to lean Republican. The rural areas of the county are bastions of populism and libertarianism which helped the Tea Party Movement gain considerable support. During the 2010 midterm elections, the county favored Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder, Congressional candidate Tim Walberg, State Senate candidate Bruce Caswell, and State Representative candidates Nancy Jenkins and Mike Shirkey.

In Michigan county governments serve to maintain county roads and streets, tax assessment, zoning, operate county courts, fire and police, maintain vital records, participates with the state to administer public services. The county board of commissioners approves the budget, but has limited authority to make laws or ordinances. Separately, Adrian College and Siena Heights University are located within the county.

Government and politics

Within Lenawee County's townships, north-south roads are referred to as "highways", while east-west roads are referred to as "roads".

Major highways

Adjacent counties

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 761 square miles (1,970 km2), of which 750 square miles (1,900 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (1.6%) is water.[5] Lenawee County is considered to be part of Southeastern Michigan.


The county was created in 1826. It was split off from Monroe County, Michigan.[1] This Henry Schoolcraft neologism is thought to be derived from a Native American word meaning "man"—from the Delaware "leno or lenno" or the Shawnee "lenawai."[1][4]



  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • Major highways 2.2
  • Government and politics 3
    • Elected officials 3.1
      • County Commission 3.1.1
  • Demographics 4
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Villages 5.2
    • Census-designated places 5.3
    • Unincorporated communities 5.4
    • Townships 5.5
  • See also 6
  • Notes 7
  • External links 8

Lenawee County comprises the Adrian, MI Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor, MI Combined Statistical Area.