OSCEOLA COUNTY

 

Population Trends & Projections Ė Osceola Countyís population increased by 24.3 percent between 1980 and 2010 to reach a total of 23,528 (Table 39).  This rate of growth was lower than Region 8ís rate of 39.8 percent, but much higher than Michiganís growth rate of 6.7 percent.  Projections indicate Osceola Countyís population will continue to grow and by 2030 will reach 27,486. 

 

Table 39 Ė Population Trends & Projections for Osceola County, Region 8, and Michigan

 

Trends

Projections

1980

1990

2000

2010

% Change

2020

2030

Osceola County

18,928

20,146

23,197

23,528

24.3

25,507

27,486

Region 8

837,655

948,502

1,104,848

1,171,404

39.8

1,319,388

1,467,370

Michigan

9,262,078

9,295,277

9,938,444

9,883,640

6.7

10,695,993

10,964,172

Source:  U.S. Census of Population, WMRPC, Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget

 

Population Traits Ė Table 40 compares Osceola Countyís population traits to the Regionís and the State of Michiganís. Between 2000 and 2010 the Countyís population increased by 1.4 percent to reach 23,528 while the Regionís population increased by 6.0 percent to reach 1,171,404 and the State of Michiganís population decreased by 0.6 percent to reach 9,883,640 during the same period.  The Countyís population under the age of five makes up 6.2 percent of the population, which is lower than the Regionís amount of 6.9 percent, but a little higher than the State of Michigan figure of 6.0 percent.  Osceola County has lower percentage of residents under 18 (24.7 percent) than the Region (25.7 percent), but a higher percentage than Michigan (23.7 percent).  The Countyís population 65 and over makes up 17.0 percent of the population, which is higher than the Regionís figure of 11.9 percent and Michiganís figure of 13.8 percent.  The Countyís household size of 2.61 persons per household is a little lower than the Regionís median of 2.62, but larger than Michiganís household size of 2.53.  Osceola Countyís females make up 50.2 percent of the population and males make up 49.8 percent.  The Region has a lower percentage of women (50.4 percent) than Michigan (50.9 percent) Ė and a higher ratio of men than the State as-a-whole.   

 

Table 40 Ė 2010 Population Traits for Osceola County, Region 8, and Michigan

 

Osceola County

Region 8

Michigan

2000 Population

23,197

1,104,848

9,938,444

2010 Population

23,528

1,171,404

9,883,640

% Change 2000-2010

1.4

6.0

-0.6

% Under 5

6.2

6.9

6.0

% Under

24.7

25.7

23.7

% 65 and Over

17.0

11.9

13.8

Number of Households

8,955

432,595

3,843,997

Persons Per Household

2.61

2.62

2.53

% Female

50.2

50.4

50.9

% Male

49.8

49.6

49.1

% White

96.9

85.7

78.9

% Black

0.6

5.9

14.2

% American Indian & Alaska Native

0.5

0.5

0.6

% Asian

0.2

1.9

2.4

% Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander

--

--

--

% Reporting 2 or More Races

1.6

2.4

2.3

% Hispanic or Latino

1.5

8.1

4.4

% of People 25+ with High School Degree

85.2

88.9

88.0

% of People 25+ with Bachelorís  Degree or Higher

11.9

26.1

25.0

% of Population Veterans

9.9

6.5

7.4

Source:  U.S. Census of Population; American Community Survey

 

Racial distribution is also different between the County, Region, and the State of Michigan.  There is a higher percentage of Whites in Osceola County (96.9 percent) than either the Region (85.7 percent) or Michigan (78.9 percent).  The County has a lower percentage of Blacks (0.6 percent) than The Region (5.9 percent) or Michigan (14.2 percent).  The Countyís percentage of Native Indian and Alaska Native (0.5 percent) is similar to the Region and Michigan (0.5 percent in the Region and 0.6 percent in Michigan).  The County has a lower percentage of Asians (0.2 percent) than the Region (1.9 percent) or Michigan (2.4 percent).  The County has a lower percentage of residents reporting two or more races (1.6 percent) than the Region (2.4 percent) or Michigan as-a-whole (2.3 percent).  Osceola Countyís percentage of Hispanics or Latinos (1.5 percent) is lower than the Region (8.1 percent) or Michigan (4.4 percent).     

 

In Osceola County, 85.2 percent of people over 25 have a high school degree compared to 88.9 percent of the population in the Region and 88.0 percent in Michigan.  Additionally, 11.9 percent of the Countyís population over the age of 25 has a bachelorís degree or higher, while 26.1 percent of the Regionís population and 25.0 percent of Michiganís over 25 population has at least a bachelorís degree.  The Countyís Veteranís make up 9.9 percent of the population while the Regionís Veteranís comprise 6.5 percent of the population and Michiganís make up 7.4 percent.

 

Housing Traits Ė Table 41 identifies information about housing in Osceola County, the Region, and the State of Michigan.  Osceola County varies from the Region and Michigan, which are very similar to each other.  The homeownership rate in Osceola County (81.6 percent) is higher than the Region (75.8 percent of the housing units) or Michigan (74.2 percent).  The Countyís percentage of multi-family units (5.1 percent) is much lower than the Regionís rate of 18.6 percent or Michiganís figure of 18.0 percent.  Finally, the median value of owner occupied housing in Osceola County of $101,100 is lower than the Regionís median of $144,870 or the Stateís median of $144,200.

 

Table 41 Ė 2010 Housing Traits for Osceola County, Region 8, and Michigan

 

Osceola County

Region 8

Michigan

Number of Housing Units

13,632

486,587

4,532,233

Homeownership Rate

81.6

75.8

74.2

% Multi Unit

5.1

18.6

18.0

Median Value of Owner Occupied Housing Units

$101,100

$144,870

$144,200

Source:  U.S. Census of Population; American Community Survey

 

Income and Business Traits Ė Table 42 includes income information and business traits for Osceola County, Region 8, and the State of Michigan.  Osceola Countyís median household income of $38,341 is considerably lower than Region 8ís median of $49,369 or Michiganís median of $48,432, and the Countyís per capita income of $17,861 is lower than the Regionís amount of $23,697 or Michiganís figure of $25,135. Osceola County has a higher percentage of people below the poverty level (18.5 percent) than Region 8 (13.4 percent) or Michigan (14.8 percent).

 

Table 42 also shows some facts related to business and sales.  In 2007 Osceola County had 4,483 businesses, which equaled 0.078 businesses per capita, which was slightly lower than the State of Michigan and the Region (both were 0.083).  When the per capita sales of the various types of businesses are compared between the County, Region, and Michigan it shows that the County has more Manufacturing Sales ($41,140 in Osceola County versus $27,601 in the Region and $23,721 in Michigan).  Wholesaler Sales figures were lower for the County ($2,452 per capita) than in the Region ($13,615) or Michigan ($10,837).  Retail Sales ($6,562 per capita) in Osceola County were lower than the Region ($11,096) and Michigan ($10,855).  With per capita sales of $1,470, Michigan did better than the Region ($1,252) or Osceola County ($817) in Accommodations.  The County had a lower ratio of building permits than the Region but similar to the State of Michigan. Osceola Countyís commute time of 23.8 minutes was longer than the Regionís commute of 21.6 minutes and about the same as Michiganís commute of 23.7 minutes.

 

Table 42 Ė Income & Business Traits for Osceola County, Region 8, and Michigan

 

Osceola County

Region 8

Michigan

2010 Median Household Income

$38,341

$49,369

$48,432

2010 Per Capita Income

$17,861

$23,697

$25,135

Persons Below Poverty Level

18.5%

13.4%

14.8%

Number of Firms in 2007

1,841

97,331

816,972

Number of Firms Per Capita

0.078

0.083

0.083

Manufacturing Shipments ($1,000)

$967,956

$32,332,374

$234,455,768

Manufacturing Shipments Per Capita

$41,140

$27,601

$23,721

Wholesaler Sales ($1,000)

$57,690

$15,949,448

$107,109,349

Wholesaler Sales Per Capita

$2,452

$13,615

$10,837

Retail Sales ($1,000)

$151,621

$12,943,553

$109,102,594

Retail Sales Per Capita

$6,562

$11,096

$10,855

Accommodation and Food Services Sales ($1,000)

$19,225

$1,467,699

$14,536,648

Acc. and Food Services Sales Per Capita

$817

$1,252

$1,470

Building Permits (2010)

19

1,421

9,075

Building Permits Per Capita

0.0008

0.0012

0.0009

Mean Travel Time to Work (minutes)

23.8

21.6

23.7

Source:  U.S. Census of Population; American Community Survey

 

Table 43 shows differences between employment distribution in Osceola County, Region 8, and the State of Michigan.  In Osceola County there are 9,232 people over 16 employed in the civilian labor force, In Region 8 this figure is 544,940 and in Michigan the figure is 4,369,785.  Osceola County has a higher percentage of people employed in Agriculture and related fields (3.9 percent) than either the Region (1.8 percent) or Michigan (1.3 percent).  The County also has a higher percentage employed in construction (6.7 percent) than Region 8 (5.8 percent) or Michigan (5.3 percent).  Manufacturing accounts for 26.6 percent of the Countyís jobs (the Countyís largest category), 20.3 percent of the Regionís workforce and 17.6 percent of Michiganís.  Osceola County has a higher percentage of workers in Transportation (4.2 percent) than in the Region (3.9 percent) but is the same as Michigan.  Public Administration accounts for 3.8 percent of Osceola Countyís workforce, 2.5 percent of Region 8ís, and 3.8 percent of Michiganís.  Education, Health Care, and Social Services account for 21.6 percent (the Countyís second largest category) of the Countyís workforce, 21.4 percent of the Regionís, and 23.2 percent of Michiganís.

 

Table 43 Ė 2010 Employment Traits in Osceola County, Region 8, and Michigan

 

Osceola County

Region 8

Michigan

Population 16 and Over

18,616

896,649

7,836,314

   In Labor Force

10,442

601,797

4,944,003

Civilian Employed Population 16 and Over (# / %)

9,232/100.0

544,940/100.0

4,369,785/100.0

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing Hunting, and Mining

359/3.9

9,710/1.8

54,946/1.3

Construction

615/6.7

31,597/5.8

230,305/5.3

Manufacturing

2,453/26.6

110,547/20.3

770,715/17.6

Wholesale Trade

169/1.8

22,191/4.1

122,378/2.8

Retail Trade

970/10.5

63,181/11.6

507,530/11.6

Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities

390/4.2

21,498/3.9

181,648/4.2

Information

115/1.2

9,581/1.8

82,395/1.9

Finance and Insurance, Real Estate Rental & Leasing

265/2.9

31,244/5.7

250,855/5.7

Professional, Scientific, and Management, and Administrative and Waste Management Services

334/3.6

43,961/8.1

388,626/8.9

Educational Services, and Health Care and Social Assistance

1,990/21.6

116,389/21.4

1,012,153/23.2

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, and Accommodation and Food Services

732/7.9

44,058/8.1

397,267/9.1

Other Services, Except Public Administration

486/5.3

27,144/5.0

206,152/4.7

Public Administration

354/3.8

13,839/2.5

164,815/3.8

Source:  U.S. Census of Population; American Community Survey

 

In other categories, the County has a lower percentage than in Region 8 or Michigan.  The County has a lower percentage of Retail workers (10.5 percent) than Michigan and Region 8 (11.6 percent) which is the third largest employment category in all three areas.  Wholesale trade accounts for 1.8 percent in the County, 4.1 percent in Region 8, and 2.8 percent in Michigan.  Information accounts for 1.2 percent in the County, 1.8 percent in Region 8 and 1.9 percent in Michigan.  Finance accounts for 2.9 percent of Osceola Countyís workforce compared to 5.7 percent in Region 8 and Michigan.  Professional accounts for 3.6 percent in Osceola County, 8.1 percent in Region 8, and 8.9 percent in Michigan.  Arts, Entertainment, Accommodations, and Food Services account for 7.9 percent of the Countyís workforce, 8.1 percent of Region 8ís and 9.1 percent of the Stateís.

 

Table 44 shows the unemployment trends for Osceola County, Region 8, Michigan, and the United States for the five year period between 2007 and 2011.  Osceola Countyís unemployment rate ranged from a low of 7.9 percent in 2007 to a high of 14.8 percent in 2009 before dropping to 14.3 percent in 2010 and 11.8 percent in 2011.  The Countyís labor force decreased over the five year period from 9,971 in 2007 to 9,070 in 2011.  Osceola Countyís unemployment rate was higher than Region 8ís and Michiganís for the entire period.  Region 8ís unemployment rate ranged from a low of 6.2 percent in 2007 to a high of 11.6 percent in 2009 before it decreased in 2010 to 11.0 percent and again in 2011 to 8.6 percent.  Region 8ís unemployment rate was lower than Michiganís during the entire five year period.  Region 8ís unemployment rate was higher than the National average until 2011 when it dropped below the United Stateís average for the first time in many years.

 

Table 44 Ė Employment Trends in Osceola County, Region 8, Michigan, and the United States

 

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Osceola County

  Labor Force

9,971

9,527

9,392

9,357

9,070

  Employment

9,188

8,626

8,004

8,022

8,002

  Unemployment

783

901

1,388

1,335

1,068

  Unemployment Rate

7.9

9.5

14.8

14.3

11.8

Region 8

  Unemployment Rate

6.2

7.3

11.6

11.0

8.6

Michigan

  Unemployment Rate

7.1

8.3

13.4

12.7

10.3

United States

  Unemployment Rate

4.6

5.8

9.3

9.6

8.9

Source:  Michigan Department of Career Development, Labor Market Information

 

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