Muskegon County, Michigan

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Muskegon County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 170,200, with the 2008 census estimate putting the county at a population of 174,344. The county seat is Muskegon[1]. The county is the sole county in the Muskegon-Norton Shores Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland Combined Statistical Area.

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History

Muskegon County was organized in 1859. Its name is from the river that runs through it which empties into Muskegon Lake, which subsequently flows into Lake Michigan. The word Muskegon comes from the Ojibwa/Chippewa word "mashkig" meaning "marsh" or "swamp". [2] See also, [3] See, List of Michigan county name etymologies

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,459 square miles (3,780 km²), of which, 509 square miles (1,319 km²) of it is land and 950 square miles (2,461 km²) of it (65.11%) is water.

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