Region 8’s population increased from 837,655 in 1980 to 1,104,848 in 2000. This represents an increase of 31.9 percent. During the same 20-year period Michigan’s population increased by 7.3 percent – a much lower percentage increase than the growth experienced in Region 8.


While the tremendous growth in the Region is a good overall indicator of an area in which  people choose to live, work, and play, it does not provide specific information about the people in the area.  The following links provide a range of demographic information about each of the seven counties in Region 8. 



Allegan County Demographic Profile


Ionia County Demographic Profile


Kent County Demographic Profile


Mecosta County Demographic Profile 


Montcalm County Demographic Profile


Osceola County Demographic Profile  


Ottawa County Demographic Profile



 Information in each profile includes:

  Population Trends and Projections

  Age and Gender Distribution

  Household Distribution

  Employment Trends

  Employment Distribution

  Income and Poverty Information

  Housing Information


Each link also provides information for both Region 8 and Michigan as-a-whole to allow comparisons and demonstrate the unique demographic characteristics of each county.


A map of each county, showing the location of each city, village, and township is available at the end of each profile.


Contact the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission for assistance if additional information is needed for any of the counties or individual units of government.