How Many Counties Are in Michigan?


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The state of Michigan consists of 83 counties. Each county was created to perform state-mandated rules, including assessment of property, administration of judicial and election function, and maintenance of rural roads. In 2014, counties function as local governments and as administrative agencies.

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How Many Counties Are in Michigan?
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Many villages and cities in Michigan straddle county boundaries. Lansing, the state's capital, is mostly located in Ingham County but also extends into Eaton County. New Baltimore, a historic resort community, used to belong to both Macomb and St. Clair Counties. As of 2014, it is solely a part of Macomb County after a transfer of territory between 1970 and 1980, which is the most recent change of boundary in Michigan since 1897.

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