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Otsego County, Michigan

US county information
NameOtsego County
US Area
Total Area525.98 sq mi (1362.3 km2)
Land Area514.54 sq mi (1332.7 km2)
Water Area11.44 sq mi (29.6 km2)
Population23301 (2000)
Density17/km2 (44/sq mi)

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Otsego County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 23,301. The county seat is Gaylord .

Otsego may be a Native American name meaning "place of the rock". However, an alternative theory is that it derives from a lake and a county in New York state, which are said to bear the name derived from a Mohawk Iroquoian word meaning either "clear water" or "meeting place." It may be neologism coined by Henry Schoolcraft, who was a borrower of words and pieces of words from many languages (including Arabic, Greek, Latin, and various American Indian dialects). See, List of Michigan county name etymologies. The county was set off in 1840 as Okkuddo (meaning 'Sickly water' -- the reason for the name is lost). The name was changed to Otsego in 1843. It was organized in 1875.

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