Mecosta County is a fairly rural county in the west-central portion of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The 2010 Census shows Mecosta County’s population at 42,798, which is a 15.8 percent increase from 1980. Projections indicate Mecosta County’s population will continue to grow and by 2030 will reach 51,772. The County has one city (Big Rapids), four villages, and 16 townships.
While Mecosta County has many rural areas, it is also home to a variety of attractions including: Ferris State University in Big Rapids; a thriving retail and service area centered around the Big Rapids area; resort living areas including Canadian Lakes; portions of the Pere Marquette State Forest and the Haymarsh State Game Area; many golf courses; numerous large and small lakes; the Muskegon River; and thousands of acres of forests, farms and open space spread across the County’s 560 square miles.
The County is well served by north-south transportation routes including US-131 on the west and M-66 on the east.
M-20 winds its way across the center of Mecosta County to provide the
primary east-west route.
Two primary business parks including the Big Rapids Airport Industrial Park (adjacent to Roben Hood Airport) and the Mid-State Industrial Park serve the County. The Mecosta County Development Corporation (MCDC) addresses economic development. Major employers in Mecosta County include
Ferris State University, Wolverine World Wide Inc., Big Rapids Components, FitzSimons Manufacturing, Leprino Foods, Bandit Industries Inc., and
Mecosta County Medical Center.
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