Ionia County, Michigan

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Ionia County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Grand RapidsWyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the population was 61,518. The county seat is Ionia[1]. The Ionia County Courthouse was built by Claire Allen, a prominent southern Michigan architect.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 580 square miles (1,502.2 km2), of which 573 square miles (1,484.1 km2) is land and 7 square miles (18.1 km2) (1.21%) is water.

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Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 61,518 people, 20,606 households, and 15,145 families residing in the county. The population density was 107 people per square mile (41/km²). There were 22,006 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.96% White, 4.56% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. 2.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.0% were of German, 14.7% American, 11.6% English, 8.9% Irish and 5.3% Dutch ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.3% spoke English and 2.6% Spanish as their first language.

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