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Benzie County, Michigan

US county information
NameBenzie County
StateMichigan
SeatBeulah
US Area
Total Area859.64 sq mi (2226.5 km2)
Land Area321.31 sq mi (832.2 km2)
Water Area538.32 sq mi (1394.2 km2)
Population15998 (2000)
Density19/km2 (49.2/sq mi)
Founded1863

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Benzie County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Traverse City, Michigan, Micropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the population was 15,998. 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 mi2 (831 km2), Benzie County is the smallest of the 83 counties in Michigan.


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