Montcalm County is a
rural county in the west-central portion of Michigan’s lower peninsula.
The 2010 Census shows Montcalm County’s population at 61,266, which is a
33.2 percent increase from 1980.
This rate of growth was similar to Region 8’s rate of 39.8 percent and much
higher than Michigan’s growth rate of 6.7 percent.
Projections indicate Montcalm County’s population will continue to grow
and by 2030 will reach 76,805. The
largest community in the County is the City of Greenville, located in the
southwest corner. The two other
cities are Carson City in the southeast corner and Stanton (the County Seat) in
the center. The County also has six
villages, and 20 townships; the townships have one of Michigan’s most active
township associations, with monthly meetings that move from township to
township. In addition to the cities
and villages, the county is dotted with unincorporated places with interesting
names like Amble, Coral, Crystal, Entrican, and Turk Lake.
While Montcalm County
has many rural areas, it is also home to a variety of attractions including:
a thriving retail and service area
centered around the Greenville area; resort living areas around the County’s
many lakes; five state game areas; many golf courses, numerous large and small
lakes and the Flat River; and thousands of acres of forests, farms and open
space spread across the County’s 720 square miles.
Trail systems include the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail and the White Pine
Trail State Park. The County also
maintains five parks and there are dozens of community parks to meet the needs
of residents and visitors.
The County is well
served by north-south transportation routes including US-131 on the west, M-91
in the center, and M-66 on the east.
M-46 crosses the northern portion of the County and M-57 crosses the southern
portion to provide primary east-west routes.
Greenville Industrial Park is the County’s principle industrial park.
Another industrial park is located in Howard City (and the two townships
of Reynolds and Pierson) and includes a Renaissance Zone designation to
encourage economic development in the County’s “panhandle.”
The Montcalm Alliance addresses economic development in the County.
Major employers in Montcalm County include Michigan Department of
Corrections, Meijer Inc., hospitals (Spectrum Health United Memorial Hospital,
Carson City Hospital, and others), public schools (Greenville Public,
Tri-County, Central Montcalm, and others), Montcalm Community College, Walmart,
and Vertis (in Greenville).
County Links and Information
Montcalm County website
Cities, Villages, and Townships
Tourism and Economic Development –
Chambers of Commerce
Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce
of Montcalm Chamber of Commerce
Panhandle Area Chamber of Commerce
Montcalm County Fact Book
Montcalm County Map