Oceana County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,570. The county seat is Hart. Long known as part of the large Ojibwe territory, the county was founded by European Americans in 1840 and organized in 1855. Settlers were attracted by access along the White River, which reaches its mouth on Lake Michigan in Muskegon County to the south. Oceana County is thought to be named for Lake Michigan, a freshwater "ocean," which forms its western border. Clarke said it was named for the book Oceana, written by English author James Harrington in 1656. Oceana County is famous as the "Asparagus Capital of the World" for its high production of asparagus. The annual Asparagus Festival includes a parade and crowning of the Asparagus Queen.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,306 square miles (3,380 km²), of which 512 square miles (1,330 km²) is land and 794 square miles (2,060 km²) (61%) is water. The county is considered to be part of West Michigan. The county's western border is formed by Lake Michigan.
The 2010 United States Census indicates Oceana County had a 2010 population of 26,570. This is a decrease of -303 people from the 2000 United States Census. Overall, the county had a -1.1% growth rate during this ten-year period. In 2010 there were 10,174 households and 7,239 families in the county. The population density was 51.9 per square mile (20.0 square kilometers). There were 15,944 housing units at an average density of 31.1 per square mile (12.0 square kilometers). The racial and ethnic makeup of the county was 83.7% White, 0.4% Black or African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 13.7% Hispanic or Latino, 0.1% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races.
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