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Otsego County

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Otsego County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,164. The county seat is Gaylord. The county was founded in 1840 and organized in 1875.EtymologyOtsego 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 a 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 initially created in 1840 as Okkuddo (meaning "sickly water," although the reason for using a name with such a negative meaning is lost). The name was changed to Otsego in 1843. It was organized in 1875.<GeographyAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of, of which is land and (2.1%) is water. It is the fifth-smallest county by total area in Michigan. The county is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.
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