Benzie County

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Benzie County, Michigan

PO Box 377
Beulah, MI 49617
Phone: (231) 882-9671
Fax: (231) 882-5941

On the northwestern coast of MI, bordered on west by Lake Michigan; established Feb 27, 1863 from Manistee and Grand Traverse counties. Name Origin: Origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of the French name for the Betsie river, Aux Bec Scies 'sawbill' a species of duck. Americans corrupted it to Betsie, then to Benzie for the county.

Area (sq mi):: 859.64 (land 321.31; water 538.32) Population per square mile: 54.90
Population 2005: 17,644 State rank: 65 Population change: 2000-20005 10.30%; 1990-2000 31.10% Population 2000: 15,998 (White 95.40%; Black or African American 0.30%; Hispanic or Latino 1.50%; Asian 0.20%; Other 3.20%). Foreign born: 1.70%. Median age: 40.80
Income 2000: per capita $18,524; median household $37,350; Population below poverty level: 7.00% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $23,648-$24,747
Unemployment (2004): 7.50% Unemployment change (from 2000): 0.80% Median travel time to work: 25.40 minutes Working outside county of residence: 48.20%

Cities with population over 10,000: None

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Adding the Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre means it is even easier for people, and especially Benzie County, to attend and enjoy great theater," says MyNorth Media president and founder of Traverse Magazine, Deborah Wyatt Fellows.
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The $13 million expansion is expected to begin operating and contributing to the economic prosperity of Benzie County under Michigan's Renaissance Zone program by September 2004 and will increase production capacity for Graceland's infused dried fruit ingredients and create the capability to produce new products.
The tapestry of colors of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and surrounding protected forests in Benzie County change to vivid fall colors on the roads that traverse the county.
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