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Osceola County, Michigan

Osceola County, Michigan
Seal of Osceola County, Michigan
Map of Michigan highlighting Osceola County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded April 1, 1840 (created)
1869 (organized)[1]
Named for Osceola
Seat Reed City
Largest city Reed City
 • Total 573 sq mi (1,484 km2)
 • Land 566 sq mi (1,466 km2)
 • Water 6.7 sq mi (17 km2), 1.2%
 • (2010) 23,528
 • Density 42/sq mi (16/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .org.osceola-countywww

Osceola County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. At the 2010 census, the population was 23,528.[2] The county seat is Reed City.[3]

Osceola County was set off on April 1, 1840, named "Unwattin County", after an Hersey as the county seat. Reed City became the county seat in 1927.[1]


  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Government 3
    • Elected officials 3.1
  • Communities 4
    • Cities 4.1
    • Villages 4.2
    • Unincorporated community 4.3
    • Townships 4.4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 573 square miles (1,480 km2), of which 566 square miles (1,470 km2) is land and 6.7 square miles (17 km2) (6.7%) is water.[4] The county is drained by Muskegon River and branches of the Manistee River. The surface is level.[5] Osceola County is part of Northern Michigan.

Major highways

Adjacent counties


At the 2000 census,[11] there were 23,197 people, 8,861 households and 6,415 families residing in the county. The population density was 41 per square mile (16/km²). There were 12,853 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.51% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.0% were of German, 11.9% English, 11.0% American, 8.8% Irish, 6.5% Dutch and 5.2% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.8% spoke English, 1.1% German and 1.0% Spanish as their first language.

There were 8,861 households of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 22.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.01.

27.10% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.70 males.

The median household income was $34,102 and the median family income was $39,205. Males had a median income of $29,837 compared with $22,278 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,632. About 9.50% of families and 12.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.90% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.


The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

Elected officials

(information as of January 2009)




Unincorporated community


See also


  1. ^ a b c "Bibliography on Osceola County".  
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  5. ^  "Osceola. I. A N. W. central county of the S. peninsula of Michigan".  
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Osceola County web site
  • "Bibliography on Osceola County".  

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