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 southesst 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 two 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
The County has a variety of manufacturing employers related to the automobile
industry (Ventra, Pittsburg Glass Works, and others).
The County also has several employers related to food processing (Yoplait and others).
County Links and Information
Cities, Villages, and Townships
County Township Association
Tourism and Economic Development –
and Economic Development Department