Benzie County

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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The public and school groups can take part in free tours this fall at the Boardman River Weir in downtown Traverse City, the Little Manistee River Weir in Manistee County and the Platte River Weir in Benzie County.
In addition to its Lake Michigan beaches, rivers, and forests, Benzie County is home to the Benzie Area Historical Museum, an institution dedicated to preserving the area's rich history.
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.
This epochal event, although ill-fated for navigational purposes, had a permanent bearing on the future development of Benzie County.
Benzie County Visitors Bureau, a US-based citizen association located in Benzie County, Michigan, has announced its hosting of four wintertime events for each weekend in February 2012.
Benzie County with over 30 miles of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the southern gateway to the acclaimed Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park just voted "the most beautiful place in America" by viewers of ABC's "Good Morning America.
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.
Benzie County is known as the "best place in Michigan for outdoor sports and recreation.
But a 42-year-old carnivore with a smokin' gun tried to tell sheriff's deputies in rural Benzie County, Mich.
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.
John had brought the family from Canada to Benzie County in 1863 to take advantage of the Homestead Act.
CRAs slate of new projects for 2016 through 2018 include continuing road crossing replacements and habitat enhancements of the Maple River watershed in Emmet County; the construction of a new bridge over the Jordan River in Antrim County on Old State Road to commence in 2017; and projects throughout Benzie County and on the Manistee, Big Sable, and Pere Marquette watersheds.