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Hersey, Michigan
Location of Hersey, Michigan
Location of Hersey, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Osceola
Hersey Village President TBD
 • Total 1.10 sq mi (2.85 km2)
 • Land 1.10 sq mi (2.85 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
974 ft (297 m)
 • Total 350
 • Estimate 
 • Density 314.55/sq mi (121.48/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-37820
GNIS feature ID 2398495

Hersey is a village in Osceola County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 350 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Hersey Township.


Hersey is a small rural community that started as a lumber town in the early 19th century and was a major supplier of lumber to the Muskegon Lumber Yards and played an important role in rebuilding Chicago after the great fire. It was founded by Delos A. Blodgett, a banker, lumber baron, and philanthropist. His family was a major benefactor in the Grand Rapids area via the Blodgett Hospital and the Grand Rapids Home for Kids.

The Hersey General Store, which was established in 1869, was lost to a fire on Labor Day 2008. The commercial district now consists of the renovated Hersey Roller Mills Store, a reopened Hersey Party Store, and a new restaurant, River Junction Restaurant & Bar.

John Calabrese is the current Village President.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.10 square miles (2.85 km2), all land.

The Hersey River empties into the Muskegon River at Hersey.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 472
1890 328 −30.5%
1900 327 −0.3%
1910 310 −5.2%
1920 284 −8.4%
1930 279 −1.8%
1940 202 −27.6%
1950 239 18.3%
1960 246 2.9%
1970 276 12.2%
1980 364 31.9%
1990 354 −2.7%
2000 374 5.6%
2010 350 −6.4%
2019 (est.) 346 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 350 people, 137 households, and 94 families living in the village. The population density was 318.2 inhabitants per square mile (122.9/km2). There were 165 housing units at an average density of 150.0 per square mile (57.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.1% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 137 households, of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.4% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the village was 40.3 years. 26.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 14.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.


The Rails to Trails bike and winter sports path passes through Hersey, running immediately to Reed City on the western side, and to Evart on the eastern. The village and a locally run campground, Blodgett Landing, are located at the confluence of the Hersey and the Muskegon river. Located on the eastern edge of town lies a bridge with a clearance of 20 feet (6 m) over the Muskegon River. The village celebrates Hersey's River Town Festival the second weekend in August.

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