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OSCEOLA COUNTY
 










 

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Osceola County


Like each of the seven counties in Region 8, Osceola County has many interesting features that make it a unique place to live or visit.  The County is well served by north-south routes including US-131 along the western boundary of the County and M-66 along the eastern boundary.  East-west routes include US-10 along the southern boundary, as well as many scenic county roads to the north.

  

Osceola County’s 2010 population of  23,528 made it the smallest (in population) of the seven counties in Region 8.  The County’s population increased by 24.3 percent between 1980 and 2010.  This rate of growth was lower than Region 8’s rate of 39.8 percent, but much higher than Michigan’s growth rate of 6.7 percent.  Projections indicate Osceola County’s population will continue to grow and by 2030 will reach 27,486. 

  

The County’s two cities include Reed City in the southwest corner of the County.  Reed City is the County Seat and home to a very nice downtown.  Evart is in the southwest quadrant of the County; Evart also has a nice downtown, which includes the City’s offices which are located in the old train depot (right on the Pere Marquette Trail).  The County has four villages, each with a nice quiet character – Marion in the northeast corner, Hersey in the southwest corner, Tustin in the northwest corner, and LeRoy, also in the northwest quadrant.  Osceola County also has 16 townships.

  

Recreation is a strength of Osceola County – whether it’s floating down the Muskegon River in an inner-tube, fishing on the Pine River, snowmobiling, hunting, camping at one of the three County Parks or numerous private campgrounds, golfing, or just relaxing.  The Pere Marquette State Forest occupies a large portion of central Osceola County.  There are many festivals across the County including the Dulcimer Festival in Evart and the Great American Crossroads Celebration in Reed City.  Other festivals include the Marion Fair in June, Razzasque Days in LeRoy in July, Hersey Heritage Days and many other festivals, parades, and fireworks displays.

  

The County has a variety of manufacturing employers related to the automobile industry (Evart Products, NABCO Inc., Evart Glass, and others).  The County also has several employers related to food processing (Yoplait, Liberty Dairy, and others). 




County Links and Information

 

Osceola County website

 

Cities, Villages, and Townships

 

Osceola County Township Association

 

Tourism and Economic Development –

Community and Economic Development Department

Evart Downtown Development Authority

Reed City Crossroads

Local Area Chambers of Commerce

Evart Chamber of Commerce

LeRoy Area Chamber of Commerce

Marion Area Chamber of Commerce

 

Annual Events –

Great American Crossroads Celebration

Reed City Music and Art in the Park (June through August)

 

County Demographic Profile

 

Osceola County Map