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Benzie County, Michigan
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Location in the state of Michigan
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Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1863
Seat Beulah
Area
 • Total 859.64 sq mi (2,226 km2)
 • Land 321.31 sq mi (832 km2)
 • Water 538.32 sq mi (1,394 km2), 62.62%
Population
 • (2010) 17,525
 • Density 49/sq mi (19/km²)
Website www.benzieco.net
Census Pop.
1870 2,184
1880 3,433 57.2%
1890 5,237 52.5%
1900 9,685 84.9%
1910 10,638 9.8%
1920 6,947 −34.7%
1930 6,587 −5.2%
1940 7,800 18.4%
1950 8,306 6.5%
1960 7,834 −5.7%
1970 8,593 9.7%
1980 11,205 30.4%
1990 12,200 8.9%
2000 15,998 31.1%
2010 17,525 9.5%
Est. 2012 17,465 −0.3%
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2012 Estimate
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  • Fragile Packing - You define your breakable or high-value items such as dishes, glassware, artwork, fragile furniture, mirrors, etc. and we will professionally pack them with care, while you pack all of your other belongings.
  • Do It Yourself Packing - Rose can provide boxes and materials to make your job as easy as possible.
Basic Household Moving Services
  • Loading - Each of your belongings is labeled, inventoried and loaded in a systematic process. Additionally, all upholstered furniture is wrapped in stretch wrap, a strong, clear plastic that completely covers the furniture, protecting it from dirt and damage.
  • Transportation - All of our trailers are equipped with air-ride suspension systems to ensure the contents travel in the safest manner possible. All trucks are driven by professional household movers with the best training in the industry.
  • Unloading - Upon arrival, all items are inventoried as they are unloaded. When unloading, furniture, boxes and other belongings are placed in the rooms you designate. Assembly of beds, bookcases and other furniture is available upon request. Additionally, our household movers will protect your new home by using several types of floor runners to prevent stains or scratches on carpet and wood flooring.
Belleville MI 48111
Rose/Allied are the best
They showed up on time. They did what they said they would do. They delivered on time, as they said they would do. Everything was perfect. Thank You Rose / Allied team you are the best. Thank You Mike, & Bev
January 26, 2017
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Highly Recommended
I have had the occasion to use movers several times in the last five years  and I would say this was one of the  smoothest  of them all. The crew leader, Dave Cornett was highly experienced and very polite as was his assistant Chris. They were very careful in preparing both locations so as to avoid damage to floors, railings and walls.  I would highly recommend Rose Moving and Storage.
April 26, 2016
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Easy, quick and prompt A+ service
Ross made the move wonderful. Got the quote on time & final bill was little le$$!!! and driver was on time for pick-up and delivery. Highly recommended!!!
December 01, 2014
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Benzie (Get Relocation Quote for Benzie, MI) is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Traverse City (Traverse City, MI Moving Companies), Michigan, Micropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,525. The county seat is Beulah. The name "Benzie" is derived from the French Riviere Aux-Bec Scies or "river of sawbill ducks" (bec-scie). Americans altered the pronunciation of the river's name, which became known as the "Betsie River". A similar alteration in pronunciation produced "Benzie". The county was initially set off in 1863 and organized in 1869. At 321 square miles (831 km²), Benzie (Get Move Prices for Benzie, MI) is the smallest of the 83 counties in Michigan.

Geography

Benzie County, Michigan's smallest in terms of land area, is located in the northwest of the Lower Peninsula, in the "little finger" position of the mitten-shaped peninsula and is considered to be part of the Northern Michigan region. Lake Michigan is to the west, Leelanau County and the Leelanau Peninsula are to the north. Grand Traverse (Grand Traverse, Michigan Moving Companies) and Traverse City are to the east. Wexford County is to the southeast and Manistee County to the south. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore extends into the northwest portion of the county. Crystal Lake is a prominent physical feature of the area. The Platte River rises out of a lake district around Lake Ann in the northeast of the county and flows southwest and the northwest into Big Platte Lake before emptying into Lake Michigan at Platte River Point. The Betsie River rises in neighboring Grand Traverse (Grand Traverse, MI Moving Company), flowing southwest across the southeast corner of the county into Manistee County, where it bends northwest until just south of Benzonia where it receives the outflow of Crystal Lake and then flows mostly west through Elberta and Frankfort and into Lake Michigan.

Portions of the Pere Marquette State Forest lie within the county and offers several trails including a 10-mile (16 km) route along the Betsie River and a 5.8-mile (9.3 km) trail near Lake Ann. There are state forest campgrounds at Platte River and Lake Ann. The Betsie River State Game Area is located just east of Elberta. 50 miles (80 km) of the Betsie River is a state-designated Natural River from Grass Lake, just west of the Grand Traverse (Grand Traverse, Michigan Mover Reviews) line, to its inlet into Lake Betsie just east of Elberta.

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 859.64 square miles (2,226.5 km2), of which 321.31 square miles (832.2 km2) (or 37.38%) is land and 538.32 square miles (1,394.2 km2) (or 62.62%) is water.

Highways

  • US 31 enters the county from the south, passes through Benzonia (Benzonia, Michigan Movers) and Beulah on the south end of Crystal Lake before turning to exit the county to the east.
  • M-22 traverses the western edge of the county, providing a scenic drive along the shore of Lake Michigan.
  • M-115 enters the county from the south, angling northwest, and merges with US 31 for a couple of mile until Benzonia where M-115 continues west to end in Frankfort (Frankfort, MI Mover Reviews).
  • M-168 was one of the shortest state highways in Michigan, extending 0.95 miles (1.53 km) from a junction with M-22 in downtown Elberta northwest to the former Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, Michigan Moving) Railroad ferry docks.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the 2000 census, there were 15,998 people, 6,500 households, and 4,595 families residing in the county. The population density was 50 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 10,312 housing units at an average density of 32 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.39% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 1.59% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 1.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.0% were of German, 13.5% Polish, 9.2% Irish, 7.6% American, 6.0% British and 5.0% French ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.8% spoke English and 1.9% Spanish as a first language.

There were 6,500 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,350, and the median income for a family was $42,716. Males had a median income of $30,218 versus $21,730 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,524. About 4.7% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

Population in 1990: 12,200

Historic locations

There are eight historical markers in the County:

Government

The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

Benzie (Get Moves Quote for Benzie, MI) elected officials

  • Prosecuting Attorney: Sara Mason (Mason, Michigan Moving Company)
  • Sheriff: Ted Schendel
  • County Clerk: Dawn Olney
  • County Treasurer: Michelle L. Thompson
  • Register of Deeds: Amy Bissell
  • Drain Commissioner: Terry Money
  • County Surveyor: John Smendzuik

Other affiliations

(information as of September 2005)

Cities, villages, and townships

Townships

Ghost towns Benzie (Get Relocation Estimate for Benzie, MI) contains a number of ghost towns:

  • Kentville
  • Melva
  • Osborn
  • Oviat
  • Platte River (Melva)
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