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Kalkaska County, Michigan
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Founded 1871
Seat Kalkaska
 • Total 570.76 sq mi (1,478 km2)
 • Land 561.02 sq mi (1,453 km2)
 • Water 9.75 sq mi (25 km2), 1.71%
 • (2010) 17,153
 • Density 28/sq mi (11/km²)
Census Pop.
1870 424
1880 2,937 592.7%
1890 5,160 75.7%
1900 7,133 38.2%
1910 8,097 13.5%
1920 5,577 −31.1%
1930 3,799 −31.9%
1940 5,159 35.8%
1950 4,597 −10.9%
1960 4,382 −4.7%
1970 5,272 20.3%
1980 10,952 107.7%
1990 13,497 23.2%
2000 16,571 22.8%
2010 17,153 3.5%
Est. 2012 17,099 −0.3%
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  • Full Service Packing - All items in your home are packed by our trustworthy household movers using the most up-to-date packing methods and materials in the industry.
  • 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
My family had a wonderful experience with Rose Moving.
We compared 4 other companies and they were the easiest estimate to schedule and offered the best product.  All the employees, from the office personnel to the guy giving the estimate to the guys packing, loading and unloading us were professional, courteous and personable.  They took measures to protect everything including the stairwell at our new house.  NOTHING was damaged.  We have NO reservations about recommending Rose Moving to anyone we know.
October 03, 2013
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Highly recommend using Rose Moving and Storage.
The whole "pack and load"  aspect went smoothly.  Jim Stafford was great at estimating, courteous and quick.  The crew of 4 arrived on time and were very pleasant.  Foreman Mark communicated well, was professional and kept a fast pace.  I was amazed at their speed.  Each item was wrapped well and they would always ask if they had specific item questions.  Mark even let my 3 year old pretend to drive the "big truck", which he loved. This move out was quick and I would highly recommend this team.
June 24, 2013
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Good experience would use Allied again
Went very well. They provided boxes, packed our kitchen and glassware. The movers showed up on time both to load and unload at our new apartment and at the storage place.
May 24, 2013
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Kalkaska (Get Moves Quote for Kalkaska, MI) is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Traverse City (Traverse City, Michigan Mover Reviews), Michigan, Micropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,153. The county seat is Kalkaska.


  • According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 570.76 square miles (1,478.3 km2), of which 561.02 square miles (1,453.0 km2) (or 98.29%) is land and 9.75 square miles (25.3 km2) (or 1.71%) is water.
  • Kalkaska (Kalkaska, Michigan Moving Reviews) Sand, the state soil of Michigan, was named after the county because of the large amounts deposited in the area from the glaciers in the Ice Age.
  • The county is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.

Geographic features

  • The county's name is a Native American, but its meaning is uncertain. The county was set off in 1840 as Wabassee County, and renamed in 1843. It was organized in 1871.
  • Kalkaska (Get Relocation Estimate for Kalkaska, MI) has over 80 lakes and 275 miles (443 km) of streams and rivers.
  • Much of the county is marshland.
  • County elevation ranges from 595 feet (181 m) to about 1,246 feet (380 m). This makes it one of the more uneven counties in the Lower Peninsula.
  • The Pere Marquette (Marquette, Michigan Movers) State Forest covers much of the county.

Glaciers shaped the area, creating a unique regional ecosystem. A large portion of the area is the so-called Grayling (Grayling, MI Mover Reviews) outwash plain, which consists of broad outwash plain including sandy ice-disintegration ridges; jack pine barrens, some white pine-red pine forest, and northern hardwood forest. Large lakes were created by glacial action.


  • Squaw Lake
  • Indian Lake
  • Perch Lake
  • Crawford Lake
  • Lost Lake
  • Johnson Rd Lake
  • Twenty Eight Lakes
  • East Lake
  • Long Lake
  • Lake Five
  • 5 Lake



  • US 131
  • M-66
  • M-72

Adjacent counties


As of the census of 2000, there were 16,571 people, 6,428 households, and 4,634 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 10,822 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.44% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.78% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.6% were of German, 12.4% English, 10.4% Irish, 10.0% American, 6.3% Polish and 5.1% French ancestry according to Census 2000. 98.8% spoke English as their first language.

There were 6,428 households out of which 31.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.60% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 22.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,072, and the median income for a family was $39,932. Males had a median income of $31,860 versus $20,455 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,309. About 8.20% of families and 10.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 7.00% of those age 65 or over.


  • The first settler in Kalkaska (Get Relocation Quote for Kalkaska, MI) was an Englishman named William Copeland, who purchased land in the northwest corner of the county in 1855. The county was set off in 1840 and originally called Wabasee until 1843. See, List of Michigan counties. The name Kalkaska is thought to be a Chippewa word meaning flat or burned-over country. An alternative theory is that this is a neologism or neonym created by Henry Schoolcraft (Schoolcraft, MI Moving Reviews), originally spelled Calcasca. Some theorists suggest this is word play. Schoolcraft (Schoolcraft, MI Moving Company)'s family name formerly was Calcraft, and the Ks may have been added to make the name appear more like a Native American word. See also, List of Michigan county name etymologies.
  • Logging was the first important industry.
  • The discovery of substantial deposits of oil and natural gas resulted in the construction of a processing plant by Shell Oil Company in 1973 and a major economic boom in the community.


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.


  • The National Trout Festival is a festival held every year at the end of April. First celebrated in 1936, festivities include a parade, carnival, kids trout fishing contest, demolition derby, rodeo and livestock fair, among other things. It is a time when the community members and businesses come together to celebrate the heritage and sportsmanship of Kalkaska (Kalkaska, Michigan Moving Reviews).

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