Benzie County is located in northwest Michigan. The County Seat is Beulah and the largest city is Frankfort. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.benzieco.net/. The 2014 population estimate is 17,519 and the 2010 census population was 17,525. The land area is 319.70 square miles and there are 54.8 persons per square mile.
96.1% of the population is White, 0.6% is Black or African American, 2.2% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.3% is Asian, 1.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.4% is two or more races. 90.3% have a high school degree or higher, and 24.9% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $149,700, there are 7,682 households, an average of 2.23 persons per household. The per capita income is $24,831, the median household income is $47,366, and 13.3% of the persons in Benzie County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,918. Retail sales (in $1000) were $131,310, and sales per capita were $7,488. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 24.6%.
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