Osceola County Community Profile

 
 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 it is within approximately an hour of many of Michigan's larger communities, such as Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Mt. Pleasant. 
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Households and Families 
In 2010-2014 there were 8,800 households in Osceola County, Michigan.  The average household size was 2.6 people.

Families made up 69 percent of the households in Osceola County, Michigan.  This figure includes both married-couple families (53 percent) and other families (16 percent). Of other families, 7 percent are female householder families with no husband present and own children under 18 years.  Nonfamily households made up 31 percent of all households in Osceola County, Michigan. Most of the nonfamily households were people living alone, but some were composed of people living in households in which no one was related to the householder.

In Osceola County, Michigan, 29 percent of all households have one or more people under the age of 18; 32 percent of all households have one or more people 65 years and over. 

 

People QuickFacts (U.S. Census Bureau)
Osceola County
Michigan
Population, 2013 estimate
23,259 
9,898,193 
Population, 2010 (April 1) estimates base
23,528 
9,884,133 
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013
-1.1% 
0.3% 
Population, 2010
23,528 
9,883,640 
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2013
5.8% 
5.8% 
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2013
23.7% 
22.7% 
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2013
18.5% 
15.0% 
Female persons, percent, 2013
49.6% 
50.9% 
 
White alone, percent, 2013 (a)
96.4% 
80.1% 
Black or African American alone, percent, 2013 (a)
0.9% 
14.3% 
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, 2013 (a)
0.6% 
0.7% 
Asian alone, percent, 2013 (a)
0.3% 
2.7% 
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, alone, percent, 2013 (a)
<0.1% 
<0.1% 
Two or More Races, percent, 2013
1.8% 
2.2% 
Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2013 (b)
1.5% 
4.7% 
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2013  95.1%  76.1%
   (a) Includes persons reporting only one race    
   (b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also included in applicable race categories.  

Living in same house 1 year & over, percent, 2009-2013 86.9%  85.3% 
Foreign born persons, percent, 2009-2013 0.7%  6.1% 
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2009-2013 4.5%  9.1% 
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+,
2009-2013
86.9%  88.9% 
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2009-2013 12.6%  25.9% 
Veterans, 2009-2013 2,282  672,213 
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2009-2013 25.0  24.0 
Housing units, 2013 13,468  4,525,141 
Homeownership rate, 2009-2013 78.2%  72.1% 
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2009-2013 5.6%  17.9% 
Median value of owner occupied housing units, 2009-2013 $90,500  $121,700 
Households, 2009-2013 8,987  3,823,280 
Persons per household, 2009-2013 2.55  2.53 
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2013 dollars), 2009-2013 $18,099  $25,681 
Median household income, 2009-2013 $37,788  $48,411 
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009-2013 21.7%  $16.8% 

Communities
Osceola County has 22 local units of government.  Listed below is each local unit of government and its population from the 2010 U.S. Census.
 Cities (2)  Villages (4)   Townships (16) 
 City of Evart - 1,903  Hersey - 350  Burdell - 1,101
 City of Reed City - 2,425  LeRoy - 256  Cedar - 455
   Marion - 872  Evart - 1,483
   Tustin - 230  Hartwick - 567
                            Evart City Offices & Depot  Hersey - 1,600
 Highland - 1,250
 LeRoy - 956
 Lincoln - 1,500
 Marion - 1,820
 Middle Branch - 843
 Orient - 773
 Osceola - 1,076
 Richmond - 1,554
     Rose Lake - 1,373
     Sherman - 1,042
     Sylvan - 1,099

Transportation  
Mode Service Comments
 Air

Evart Municipal Airport

City of Evart
located in industrial park
business and industrial users
3,800' runway
 
 Ground

Indian Trails

regional bus line

 Ground

Mecosta Osceola Transportation Authority

local bus service

 Rail

Great Lakes Central Railroad

Village of Marion
spur can be run into industrial park


Colleges & Universities
There are a number of community colleges and universities within a 60 mile radius of both of Osceola County's two cities.

College/University  Distance (miles)
Enrollment
Ferris State University    
from Reed City
from Evart

14
26
 

14,146 
Central Michigan University
from Reed City
from Evart

 60 
47


26,902  
West Shore Community College 
from Reed City

50

Approximately 1,300  
Baker College, Cadillac Campus 
from Reed City  
from Evart

31 
38 
 
Mid Michigan Community College
from Reed City
from Evart

47
33


4,694 (full and part-time)

 


Health Care
Osceola County is fortunate to be home to Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital.  Osceola County residents are connected to the entire Spectrum Health system - from diagnosis to treatment, with locations in Reed City, Tustin, Evart, as well as sites outside the county.

Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital has 25 beds for inpatient care and a 24-hour, fully staffed emergency department.  A wide variety of services are offered including cancer care, a Rehab and Nursing Center, outpatient services, family practice, women's health, diabetes education, and more.


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 Charter, Summit Digital 
Broadband Casair, Charter, Comlink, ISP Management, Lynx Network Group, Merit Network, Summit Digital, Tucker Communications Inc., and various satellite providers.  Individuals and businesses can check the availability of broadband at any address by using Connect Michigan's My ConnectView Interactive Map.

Both the City of Reed City and Village of Hersey are Gigibit Communities

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. 
Weekly Voice A free weekly newspaper serving Evart, Reed City, Hersey, Sears, and Chase (Lake County). 
WZZM ABC affiliate broadcasting from Grand Rapids.

 Business QuickFacts (U.S. Census Bureau) Osceola County  Michigan 
 Private nonfarm establishments, 2012 427   217,440
 Private nonfarm employment, 2012 6,208   3,468,089
 Private nonfarm employment change, percent change 2011-2012 4.8%   2.6%
 Nonemployer establishments 2012 1,419   687,629
   
Total number of firms, 2007 1,841 816,972
Black-owned firms, percent, 2007 F 8.9%
American Indian - and Alaska Native - owned firms, percent, 2007 F 0.7%
Asian owned firms, percent, 2007 F 2.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms, percent, 2007 F 0.1%
Hispanic -owned firms, percent, 2007 F 1.3%
 Women-owned firms, percent, 2007 29.5%   30.4%
    F - Fewer than 25 firms
  
 Manufacturers shipments, 2007 ($1,000) 967,956   234,455,768
 Merchant wholesaler sales, 2007 ($1,000) 57,690   107,109,349
 Retail sales, 2007 ($1,000) 151,621   109,102,594
 Retail sales per capita, 2007 $6,562   $10,855
 Accommodation and food services sales, 2007 ($1,000) 19,225 14,536,648
 Building permits, 2013 25 15,757

Employment by Industry (2012 County Business Patterns [1])   
 NAICS Code (a) NAICS Code Description  Paid Employees (b) 
 ------ Total for all sectors 6,208
 11---- Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting
 21---- Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 122 
 22---- Utilities
 23---- Construction
 31---- Manufacturing 2,265 
 42---- Wholesale Trade 125 
 44---- Retail Trade 584 
 48---- Transportation and Warehousing 154 
 51---- Information
 52---- Finance and Insurance 95 
 53---- Real Estate and Rental Leasing
 54---- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 86 
 55---- Management of Companies and Enterprises
 56---- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 104 
 62---- Health Care and Social Assistance  975 
 71---- Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
 72---- Accommodation and Food Services  557
 81---- Other Services (except Public Administration)  249
   [1] County Business Patterns (CBP) does not track employment related to crop and animal production; rail transportation; National Postal Service; pension, health, welfare, and vacation funds; trusts, estates, and agency accounts; private households; and public administration.  CBP also excludes most establishments reporting government employees.   
   (a) NAICS: North American Industrial Classification Standard   
   (b) As of the March 12, 2012 pay period.
   (c) 20-99 employees
   (d) 100-249 employees
   (e) 500-999 employees

 


Osceola County's 12 Largest Employers
Employer Approximate # Employees  Industry 
Ventra 615  Manufacturing (Tier II automotive)
Spectrum Health 460 Health Care
General Mills 435 Manufacturing (food processing)
Osceola County 170 (105 full-time) Government
Hydecker Wheatlake 135 Transportation & Utilities
Reed City Public Schools 130 Education
Evart Public Schools 110 Education
Pine River Public Schools 110 Education
Kraftube 110 Manufacturing (metal tubular parts)
Nartron 75 Manufacturing (electronic sensors, generators)
Reed City Tool 75 Manufacturing (plastic injection molds)
Tubelite 75 Manufacturing (aluminum doors, storefronts)

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

 

 Geography QuickFacts (U.S. Census Bureau) Osceola County  Michigan 
 Land area in square miles, 2010  566.39  56,538.90 
 Persons per square mile, 2010 41.5  174.8 
 FIPS Code 133  26 
 Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area None  --- 
 

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
Local Development Finance Authority; (231) 734-6119   

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Marion
Chamber of Commerce; (231) 743-2461

Reed City
Chamber of Commerce; (231) 832-5431
Downtown Development Authority (DDA); (231) 832-5431

Richmond Township
Downtown Development Authority (DDA); (231) 832-4447