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Osceola County, Michigan
Seal of Osceola County, Michigan
Map

Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the USA highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded April 1, 1840 (created)
1869 (organized)
Seat Reed City
Largest City Reed City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

573 sq mi (1,484 km²)
566 sq mi (1,466 km²)
6.7 sq mi (17 km²), 1.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

23,528
42/sq mi (16/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.osceola-county.org
Named for: Osceola

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

History

1842 Manistee Kawtawwabet Missaukee Mickenauk Ogemaw Kanotin Notipeskago Aishcum Unwattin Kaykakee Gladwin Arenac counties Michigan
A detail from A New Map of Michigan with its Canals, Roads & Distances (1842) by Henry Schenck Tanner, showing Osceola County as Unwattin, the county's name from 1840 to 1843. Several nearby counties are also shown with names that would later be changed.

Osceola County was created by the Michigan Legislature on April 1, 1840, named Unwattin County, after an Ottawa leader. The name was changed March 8, 1843, to Osceola, after the Seminole leader. It was initially attached for administrative purposes to Ottawa County. In 1855, it was attached to Mason County; in 1857, to Newaygo County; and in 1859, to Mecosta County. Separate county government was organized in 1869 with Hersey as the county seat. Reed City became the county seat in 1927.

Geography

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. The county is drained by Muskegon River and branches of the Manistee River. The surface is level. Osceola County is part of Northern Michigan.

Major highways

  • US 10
  • US 131

  • BUS US 10
  • M-61
  • M-66
  • M-115

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 27
1870 2,093 7,651.9%
1880 10,777 414.9%
1890 14,630 35.8%
1900 17,859 22.1%
1910 17,889 0.2%
1920 15,221 −14.9%
1930 12,806 −15.9%
1940 13,309 3.9%
1950 13,797 3.7%
1960 13,595 −1.5%
1970 14,838 9.1%
1980 18,928 27.6%
1990 20,146 6.4%
2000 23,197 15.1%
2010 23,528 1.4%
Est. 2015 23,058 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

At the 2000 census, 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.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated community

Townships

  • Burdell Township
  • Cedar Township
  • Evart Township
  • Hartwick Township
  • Hersey Township
  • Highland Township
  • Le Roy Township
  • Lincoln Township
  • Marion Township
  • Middle Branch Township
  • Orient Township
  • Osceola Township
  • Richmond Township
  • Rose Lake Township
  • Sherman Township
  • Sylvan Township

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