Ingham County

Ingham County Michigan Information

An act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature created Ingham County from parts of Shiawassee County, Washtenaw County and unorganized territory. It was attached for administrative purposes to Washtenaw County when county police had been created for Ingham.

The county was named for Samuel D. Ingham, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under President Andrew Jackson, which makes Ingham among Michigan’s so-called Cabinet counties.

Ingham County, MI Cities

The county consists of gently rolling hills with an elevation ranging between 800 and 1,000 feet above sea level. The maximum point in the county would be that the very top of Teaspoon Hill climbing to a height of 1,056 ft over sea level 1.5 miles north of Leslie.

The county government operates the jail, maintains roads, functions the significant courts, keeps records of actions and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the nation in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget, but has only limited authority to make ordinances or laws because of Michigan’s large devolution of electricity to towns, villages, and townships. The county board of commissioners hires a county administrator/controller who serves as the fiscal and administrative officer of the county. Ingham County is included in the Lansing-East Lansing. It is regarded as a portion of Mid Michigan.

As the 2010 census, the population was 280,895 of. The state capital of Michigan, Lansing, is located within the county, and is the only state capital located in a county which is not also its seat of government. The county is home to Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, along with the Class A minor league baseball team Lansing Lugnuts. The Grand River winds northward along the western boundary of the Red Cedar River and the county flows west across the section to the Grand River at Lansing. Most of the waist of the county drains into the north into the Red Cedar River and the northern tier of townships drain to the south. The Sycamore Creek, flowing northwest into the Red Cedar at Lansing, drains much of the county’s waist. Most of the county’s southern part drains south or west into the Grand River. The southeastern corner drains into the Huron River via the Portage Creek and Portage River and a series of small lakes.