Osceola County Community Profile


Location U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts
for Osceola County



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Communities
Transportation
Colleges & Universities
Health Care   Utilities
Media  Employment Data
Osceola County's 12 Largest Employers Industrial Parks
Geography Economic Development Partners
 
 
Location 



Osceola County is located in the west central portion of Michigan's lower peninsula.  The land is predominately agricultural and open space.  Although located in a rural setting Osceola County is within approximately an hour of several of Michigan's larger communities, such as Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Mt. Pleasant. 
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Communities
Osceola County has 22 local units of government.  Listed below is each local unit of government and its population from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey.
 Cities (2)  Villages (4)   Townships (16) 
 City of Evart - 1,552  Hersey - 307  Burdell - 1,253
 City of Reed City - 2,709  LeRoy - 330  Cedar - 449
   Marion - 780  Evart - 1,538
   Tustin - 223  Hartwick - 578
                            Evart City Offices & Depot  Hersey - 1,653
 Highland - 1,238
 LeRoy - 1,562
 Lincoln - 1,553
 Marion - 1,540
 Middle Branch - 819
 Orient - 859
 Osceola - 1,247
 Richmond - 1,558
     Rose Lake - 1,188
     Sherman - 1,070
     Sylvan - 855

 

Transportation  
Mode Service Comments
Major
Road Network
US-131 (north-south)
US-10 (east-west)
M-115 (northeast-southeast)
M-66 (north-south)
four lane divided interstate; intersects I-94, I-96, and I-196
intersects US-131, US-127, and I-75
intersects US-127 and US-131
intersects I-94 and I-96
Air
Evart Municipal Airport
City of Evart
located in industrial park
business and industrial users
3,800' runway
Bus  
Indian Trails

regional bus line

Bus

Mecosta Osceola Transportation Authority (MOTA)

local bus service
Rail Great Lakes Central Railroad
Village of Marion
spur can be run into industrial park 

 

Colleges & Universities
There are several community colleges and universities within a 50 mile radius of either one or both of Osceola County's two cities.
  
College/University  Distance (miles)
Enrollment
Ferris State University    
from Reed City
from Evart

14
26
9,175 Big Rapids campus
12,472 all campuses 
(2019; FSU website)
Central Michigan University
from Reed City
from Evart

 60 
47
16,789 on-campus 
(2018-2019; CMU website)
West Shore Community College 
from Reed City

50
1,040
(Winter 2016)
Baker College
from Reed City  
from Evart

31 
38 
approximately 16,000 across all campuses
(2018-2019, Baker College website) 
Mid Michigan Community College
from Reed City
from Evart

47
33
4,048
(2017-2018; U.S. News and World Report)

 

Health Care
Unlike many rural communities Osceola County residents and surrounding communities are fortunate to have access to local, advanced health care.  Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital  provides clinics, impatient care, rehab and nursing, and 24-hour emergency services.  In addition to these services the Reed City Hospital is connected to the entire Spectrum Health system.  Spectrum Health also has clinics in Evart and Tustin.

The Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center is also located in Reed City.  This regional cancer center is located just up the street from the Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital.

 

Utilities  
Electricity Consumers Energy, Great Lakes Energy
Natural Gas DTE Energy
Water/Sewer Municipal services in Evart, Marion, and Reed City.  Well and septic in all other areas.
Cable TV Spectrum, Summit Digital

Broadband    


(maximum download speed / maximum upload speed)
 
Both the City of Reed City and Village of Hersey are Gigibit Communities!

Individuals and businesses can check the availability of broadband at any specific address by using Connected Nation Michigan's my ConnectView Interactive Map.
 
source:  Connect Michigan; September 27, 2017

 

Media  
7&4 WPBN NBC affiliate broadcasting from Traverse City.
9&10 News (WWTV) CBS affiliate broadcasting from Cadillac.
Cadillac News Daily paper covering Cadillac and surrounding communities (Osceola County).
FOX 32 FOX affiliate broadcasting from Cadillac.
Marion Press Weekly newspaper with a coverage area that includes the Village of Marion and the City of Evart.
Pioneer Daily paper covering Big Rapids and surrounding communities (Osceola County).  An Osceola County specific edition is published once a week. 
WZZM ABC affiliate broadcasting from Grand Rapids.

 

2016 County Business Patterns (U.S. Census Bureau, 2016 County Business Patterns, Table CB1600A1)  
2012 NAICS Code (a) Meaning of 2012
NAICS Code 
Year Number of Establishments Number of Paid Employees for Pay Period that included March 12th 1st Quarter Payroll  ($1,000) Annual Payroll ($1,000) 
00 Total for all sectors 2016 425 6,073 56,362 245,217
11 Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 2016 6 40 349 1,131
21 Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction 2016 6 126 1,551 7,698
22 Utilities 2016 4 47 1,081 4,284
31-33 Manufacturing 2016 35 2,170 21,346 91,512
42 Wholesale trade 2016 13 113 1,036 4,546
44-45 Retail trade 2016 64 591 3,537 14,811
48-49
Transportation and
warehousing
2016 12 135 1,569 6,729
51 Information 2016 6 100-249 (b) (b)
52 Finance and insurance 2016 24 119 1,185 4,933
53 Real estate and rental and leasing 2016 9 9 87 377
54 Professional, scientific, and technical services 2016 24 94 801 4,071
55 Management of companies and enterprises 2016 2 20-99 (b) (b)
56 Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services 2016 14 101 504 1,347
62 Health care and social assistance 2016 45 1,010 6,740 28,183
71 Arts, entertainment, and recreation 2016 6 4 18 274
72 Accommodation and food services 2016 38 532 1,722 9,740
81 Other services (except public administration) 2016 62 266 1,126 4,899
   (a) NAICS: North American Industrial Classification Standard     
   (b)
Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual companies; data are included in higher level totals. 

 

Osceola County's 12 Largest Employers
Employer Approximate # Employees  Industry 
Ventra 1,070 Manufacturing (Tier II automotive)
Spectrum Health 460 Health Care
General Mills 380 Manufacturing (food processing)
Osceola County 170 (105 full-time) Government (county)
Vitro 140 Manufacturing (automotive glass)
Reed City Public Schools 130 Education (K-12)
Evart Public Schools 110 Education (K-12)
Pine River Public Schools 110 Education (K-12)
Kraftube 105  
LeRoy Tool & Die 100 Manufacturing (plastic & rubber molds, rubber parts)
Cargill 90 Mining (salt)
Reed City Group 90 Manufacturing (plastic injection molding, tooling, automation)

 

Industrial Parks    
Evart Air-Industrial Park  47 acres  Michigan Certified Business Park  
3,800' runway 
Marion Industrial Park  13 acres  Rail spur can be run into industrial park

 

Geography (Source: 2010 U.S. Census, Summary File 1) Burdell Township_Diamond Township
  Osceola County  Michigan 
Total Area in square miles 573.10 96,713.51
Total Land Area in square miles  566.39  (98.8%) 56,538.90  (58.5%)
Total Water Area in square miles 6.71      (1.17%) 40,174.61  (41.5%)
Population Density per square mile of land 41.5 174.8
Housing Density per square mile of land 24.1  80.2
 

 

Economic Development Partners
In addition to the Osceola County Community Development Office there are other organizations, several with paid staff and several with volunteers, that are available to assist businesses in Osceola County.  


Evart
Downtown Development Authority (DDA); (231) 734-0185

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Marion
Chamber of Commerce; (231) 743-2461

Reed City
Chamber of Commerce; (231) 832-5431