Midland County, Michigan
Midland County lies along the Tittabawassee River, approximately in the middle of the state's Lower Peninsula. It originated in the 1830s as a lumbering settlement. In 1890, Herbert Henry Dow arrived in Midland and subsequently founded The Dow Chemical Company. His success enabled Midland to survive the end of the logging era and to grow to its present size
Midland County had a population of 83,945 and the City of Midland had a population of 42,020 in 2012. While the State of Michigan saw an overall decrease in population of 0.6% between 2000 and 2012, Midland County and the City of Midland experienced increases of 1.3% and 0.8% respectively.
In 2010, approximately 50% of the population was under the age of 40. The median age of Midland County residents is higher than the median age in the State of Michigan.
The majority of Midland County residents are White (94.5%) with the largest minority of residents being Asian (1.9%) followed by Black or African American (1.2%).
MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan affiliated Health System is the largest employer in Midland County. Other large employers include Dow Inc. and Midland Public Schools.
The residents of Midland County are highly educated. In 2010, 32% of Midland County residents aged 25 years or older possessed a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 42% in the City of Midland and 26% in the State of Michigan. Over 92% of Midland County residents aged 25 years or older were high school graduates.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Project tracks health outcomes and health factors across the nation. Midland County ranks 7th in the State of Michigan in overall health factors and 11th in the state on overall health outcomes.
Midland County residents enjoy access to a multitude of public and private recreation opportunities. The City of Midland maintains 72 parks on 2,700 acres of land, ranging from small parks that bring recreation opportunities to each neighborhood to large parks that include team sport facilities. Midland County owns or manages 1,130 acres of parkland. Dow Gardens and the Chippewa Nature Center attract many visitors every year. The Midland Center for the Arts encourages participation in and appreciation for art, music, science, and history. The Center includes two performance venues, two museums, art studios, lecture halls, a historical campus and more.