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Ingham County, Michigan

US county information
NameIngham County
StateMichigan
SeatMason
Largest cityLansing
US Area
Total Area560.94 sq mi (1452.8 km2)
Land Area559.19 sq mi (1448.3 km2)
Water Area1.75 sq mi (4.5 km2)
Population280895 (2010)
Density193/km2 (499.9/sq mi)
FoundedOctober 29, 1829
Named forSamuel D. Ingham
Time zoneEastern
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4: -5/-4

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Ingham County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. The 2010 census recorded its population at 280,895. The county seat is Mason . Lansing, the state capital of Michigan, is located within the county, and is the only state capital in the nation that is not also a county seat. The county is home to Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and the Class A minor league baseball team, the Lansing Lugnuts.

Ingham County was established by an act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature on October 29, 1829, from portions of Shiawassee County, Washtenaw County and unorganized territory. It was attached for administrative purposes to Washtenaw County until 1838 when county government was established for Ingham.

The county is named for Samuel D. Ingham, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under President Andrew Jackson, making Ingham one of the so-called Cabinet counties.


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