Livingston County Real Estate Information

A county in the greater Detroit region, more specifically in the Detroit-Warren-Livonia Metropolitan Statistical Area, Livingston County, Michigan, is home to a rapidly growing population. At the time of the last census in 2000, the county was counted as having a population of around 157,000. Estimates taken in 2008 showed that figure to have grown to around 182,500.

The county was named for former U.S. Secretary of State Edward Livingston, and its seat and most populated city is Howell. The county makes up an area of 585 square miles, 17 square miles of which is water. Travel throughout the county is made convenient by the presence of three major highways,  I-96, US 23, and M-59, offering ease of travel to nearby areas like Detroit, Lansing, Ann Arbor and Flint. The county has a sizable outlet shopping center and the Howell Opera House, built in 1881 but recently renovated.

Some of the county's largest employers include Pepsico, Citizens Insurance and Ogihara Industries. The county has a notably high median household annual income, estimated in 2000 to be $67,400, and many accounts record it as the fastest-growing county in Michigan. In addition to Howell, the county's other major city is Brighton, and there are also two villages and several unincorporated communities. 

Public school systems in the area include Howell Public Schools, which has three high schools, three middle schools and seven elementary schools; and Brighton Area Schools System, which has five elementary schools, an intermediate and middle school, and one high school. Colleges found in Livingston County are: Lansing Community College, Washtenaw Community College, Eastern Michigan University and Cleary University. Events held in the county include Balloonfest and the Howell Melon Festival, an celebration of the Howell melon, a hybrid cantaloupe said to be grown only in the immediate area.