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Reed City, Michigan
Osceola County Courthouse
Osceola County Courthouse
Your Crossroads Community on the Path to Progress...
Location of Reed City, Michigan
Location of Reed City, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Osceola
 • Total 2.13 sq mi (5.53 km2)
 • Land 2.10 sq mi (5.44 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
1,040 ft (317 m)
 • Total 2,425
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,137.49/sq mi (439.14/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-67820
GNIS feature ID 1621363

Reed City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,425 at the 2010 census. It is located in southwestern Osceola County and is the county seat.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.11 square miles (5.46 km2), of which 2.08 square miles (5.39 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

The Hersey River flows through Reed City.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,091
1890 1,776 62.8%
1900 2,051 15.5%
1910 1,690 −17.6%
1920 1,803 6.7%
1930 1,792 −0.6%
1940 1,845 3.0%
1950 2,241 21.5%
1960 2,184 −2.5%
1970 2,286 4.7%
1980 2,221 −2.8%
1990 2,379 7.1%
2000 2,430 2.1%
2010 2,425 −0.2%
2019 (est.) 2,391 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 2,425 people, 1,007 households, and 582 families living in the city. The population density was 1,165.9 per square mile (450.2/km2). There were 1,136 housing units at an average density of 546.2 per square mile (210.9/km2). The racial make-up of the city was 94.8% White, 1.7% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 1,007 households, of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.3% were married couples living together, 16.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.2% were non-families. 38.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age was 36.1 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18, 9.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24, 25.1% were from 25 to 44, 21.4% were from 45 to 64 and 17.5% were 65 years of age or older. The sex make-up of the city was 44.9% male and 55.1% female.



The city is also at the crossroads of two US highways:

  • US 10 is a highway that goes by Reed City. It has a business route that goes through the city.

  • Bus. US 10 is the only highway that goes directly into Reed City. Most of the business of Reed City are along Bus. US 10.
  • US 131 is a freeway that junctions US 10 near Reed City.

Indian Trails provides daily intercity bus service between Grand Rapids and Petoskey, Michigan.

Two of the state's premier rail trails intersect in the city:

Historical transportation

The Pennsylvania Railroad ran trains from Grand Rapids to Cadillac, Petoskey and Mackinaw City on a route that includes land used now for the White Pine Trail, making stops in Reed City's union station. Immediate connections in Grand Rapids with sleepers to eastern Indiana and Cincinnati were part of the schedule. Reed City was the closest PRR station to Idlewild, a significant African-American resort until the 1960s. In the final years, service through the town was reduced to summer only. Passenger service ended between 1954 and 1955.

The Pere Marquette Railway ran trains west from Reed City to Ludington and east to Saginaw, on a route that is included in the above cited rail trail. At Saginaw the trains were timed to meet with separate Bay City-originating trains to Detroit. The PM's successor, the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, ended the Ludington to Saginaw trains in the latter months of 1949.

Notable people

  • George Bennard, American composer and preacher best known for composing the hymn, "The Old Rugged Cross". Bennard retired to Reed City, where he died on October 10, 1958.
  • Harold Cronk, American writer and director
  • William C. Giese, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and educator, was born in Reed City on April 18, 1886.
  • Thomas D. Schall, U.S. representative from Minnesota's 10th congressional district (1915–1925) and U.S. senator from Minnesota (1925–1935), he was born in Reed City on June 4, 1878.

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