Branch County

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Branch County, Michigan

31 Division St
Coldwater, MI 49036
Phone: (517) 279-4301
Fax: (517) 278-4130
www.co.branch.mi.us

On the south-central border of MI; established Oct 29, 1829 (prior to statehood) from Saint Joseph County. Name Origin: For John Branch (1782-1863), NC governor (1817-20), U.S. secretary of the navy (1829-31), and governor of FL Territory (1844-45)

Area (sq mi):: 519.49 (land 507.41; water 12.08) Population per square mile: 91.60
Population 2005: 46,460 State rank: 38 Population change: 2000-20005 1.50%; 1990-2000 10.30% Population 2000: 45,787 (White 92.00%; Black or African American 2.60%; Hispanic or Latino 3.00%; Asian 0.40%; Other 3.60%). Foreign born: 2.60%. Median age: 36.70
Income 2000: per capita $17,552; median household $38,760; Population below poverty level: 9.30% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $20,985-$22,318
Unemployment (2004): 7.10% Unemployment change (from 2000): 1.40% Median travel time to work: 21.60 minutes Working outside county of residence: 29.20%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Coldwater County seat (10,821)

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