Located in the west central portion of Michigan’s lower peninsula, Ionia
County is a diverse mix of agricultural strength, manufacturing knowledge,
natural resources, and strong communities.
The 2010 Census shows Ionia County’s population at 63,905.
This is a 3.9 percent increase from 2000.
The City of Ionia is the largest community within the County, with
11,394 residents. The City of
Belding, with 5,757 residents, and the City of Portland, with 3,883
residents, are located in opposite corners of the County.
Ionia County also has seven villages, ranging in population from 351
(Hubbardston) to 2,018 (Lake Odessa).
And the County has 16 townships, which range in population from North
Plains Township with 928 residents to Boston Township with 4,384.
Ionia County was formed in 1831 from portions of Mackinac County and
open territory, and was named after Ionia, a region in Greece.
With its rich history of multi-generational farming, much of the
County remains rural and agricultural.
The County’s villages and smaller cities have preserved much of the
historic charm and infrastructure that appeals to both residents and
At the same time, the County offers a variety of attractions,
including thriving retail and service areas centered on the downtown
districts of its cities. The
County also has numerous outdoor recreation opportunities, including Bertha
Brock Park, Green View Point Park, and the Ionia Recreation Area.
The Grand River, which meanders through the middle of the County,
provides recreation adventures like boating and sport fishing.
The County and the City of Ionia also host the Ionia Free Fair, the
largest free fair in the country.
That fair can trace its history back to 1857, when the first Ionia
District Fair opened its gates.
The Orchard View Industrial Park, located near the City of Ionia, is
the County’s principle industrial park.
The City of Belding also has a Renaissance Zone centered on the
Belding Business Center. The
Ionia County Economic Alliance (ICEA) was developed by the area’s business
community, and addresses economic development in the County by providing
services aimed at recruiting and maintaining businesses within the County.
Since 2012, ICEA has partnered with The Right Place to continue to
promote and advance the County’s economy.
Major employers in Ionia include the Michigan Department of
Corrections, Meijer Inc., Ionia County Memorial Hospital, and the Herbruck
Poultry Ranch Inc.
Ionia County is well served by transportation routes.
The major north-south route is M-66, running through the heart of the
County. The major east-west
routes include I-96, running through the southern half of the County and
M-21 through the center portion.
County Links and Information
Ionia County website
All Cities, Villages, and Townships in Ionia County
Tourism and Economic Development –
County Economic Alliance
at The Right Place, Inc.
Belding Chamber of Commerce
Ionia Area Chamber of
Ionia Free Fair
County Demographic Profile