Hillsdale County, Michigan

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Hillsdale County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 46,527. The county seat is Hillsdale[1]. The Hillsdale County Courthouse was built by Claire Allen, a prominent southern Michigan architect.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 607 square miles (1,572.1 km2), of which 599 square miles (1,551.4 km2) is land and 8 square miles (20.7 km2) (1.37%) is water. Hillsdale is the only county in Michigan to border two other states. Within the county also exists the head waters of two St. Joseph Rivers, the St. Joseph River (Lake Michigan) and the St. Joseph River (Maumee River).

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 46,527 people, 17,335 households, and 12,550 families residing in the county. The population density was 78 people per square mile (30/km²). There were 20,189 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.56% White, 0.43% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.20% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.4% were of German, 15.0% American, 13.2% English and 9.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.0% spoke English, 1.2% Spanish and 1.2% German as their first language.

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