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West Branch is a city in Ogemaw County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for the west branch of the Rifle River
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named West Branch. For links to other places called West Branch, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of West Branch is 44.276N. The longitude is -84.238W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 955 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 1,916.
Sections below provide additional information and links about West Branch demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Ogemaw County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 48661 ZIP code.
33% of West Branch residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the West Branch ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in West Branch was $17,852, compared with $21,587 nationally.
19% of West Branch residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Median rent in West Branch, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $361. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $650.
Libraries in West Branch include West Branch District Library ... View libraries
Ogemaw County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our West Branch political report.
The average commute time for West Branch workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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