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The estimated population for Otsego County in 2012 is 24,037, (34% urban and 66% rural). This reflects a slight decline of 127 people from the 2010 census that resulted in a population of 24,164 people. The Gaylord area grew by 0.53% with a population of 18,410. Otsego Lake Township had the largest increase at 12.4%, which was the largest growth in population in a single sector.

There were 9,807 households of which 6,661 were family households with 56.1 % of them being married couples living together, with the median age for this area being 42. Couples with children under the age of 18 living with them constituted 26.3% of the households. Male householders consisted of 4.7% of the population, of which 2.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, and female householders were 7.1% of the population with 4.1% of them having children under the age of 18, according to the 2012 US Census.

As of 2012, 96.7% of the population was white, 0.1% black, 0.3% American Indian and Alaska Native, and 0.5% Asian. For more information, visit the US Census by clicking here.