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 Mecosta County

Mecosta County is a fairly rural county in the west-central portion of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.  The 2010 Census shows Mecosta County’s population at 42,798, which is a 15.8 percent increase from 1980.  Projections indicate Mecosta County’s population will continue to grow and by 2030 will reach 51,772.  The County has one city (Big Rapids), four villages, and 16 townships.

While Mecosta County has many rural areas, it is also home to a variety of attractions including:  Ferris State University in Big Rapids; a thriving retail and service area centered around the Big Rapids area; resort living areas including Canadian Lakes; portions of the Pere Marquette State Forest and the Haymarsh State Game Area; many golf courses; numerous large and small lakes; the Muskegon River; and thousands of acres of forests, farms and open space spread across the County’s 560 square miles.


The County is well served by north-south transportation routes including US-131 on the west and M-66 on the east.  M-20 winds its way across the center of Mecosta County to provide the primary east-west route.


Two primary business parks including the Big Rapids Airport Industrial Park (adjacent to Roben Hood Airport) and the Mid-State Industrial Park serve the County.  The Mecosta County Development Corporation (MCDC) addresses economic development.  Major employers in Mecosta County include Ferris State University, Wolverine World Wide Inc., Big Rapids Components, FitzSimons Manufacturing, Leprino Foods, Bandit Industries Inc., and Mecosta County Medical Center. 



County Links and Information


Mecosta County


Cities, Villages, and Townships


Tourism and Economic Development –

Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce

Mecosta County Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mecosta County Development Corporation


County Demographic Profile


Mecosta County Map


Big Rapids


The City of Big Rapids maintains its own membership with the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission.  The Big Rapids area is home to many amenities including Ferris State University, Roben Hood Airport, a wonderful downtown, shopping and eating destinations, hotels and inns, parks and a trail along the Muskegon River, the Mecosta County Medical Center, and many other attractions.  Like other communities on the west side of Mecosta County, the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park passes through the community.  Restaurants range from an A&W where onion-covered chili-dogs are brought out to your car to fine dining with white tablecloths in the recently renovated downtown. 


Links –


City of Big Rapids website


Big Rapids Downtown Business Association