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Parshallville, Michigan                                      Photo by Emma Winegarner

About equal distance from Flint, Pontiac, Ann Arbor and Lansing, Livingston county is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. The Detroit area is slightly further but still an easy drive. The county was named in honor of Edward Livingston, a US statesman. Located in the central part of the county is the city of Howell, the county seat; the only other city is Brighton. Grand River Avenue cuts through the heart of both cities on its way from Detroit to Lake Michigan. From north to south US 23 cuts through the eastern most townships intersecting with US-96 just east of Brighton. From east to west M-59 cuts through just north of the midsection and intersects with Grand River just west of Howell. The countryside is comprised of streams, rivers, lakes and rolling hills. Once primarily an argicultural county, the eastern townships have become mostly suburban areas. Toward Ingham county, the western townships are more rural but are rapidly becoming suburban.


To the north are the counties of Genesee and Shiawassee, to the east Oakland, to the south Washtenaw, to the southwest Jackson and the west Ingham. It was not unusual for Livingston County residents to conduct some of their business in the neighboring counties. Relatives can also be expected to be found in these counties.


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