Mecosta County

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Mecosta County, Michigan

400 Elm St
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231) 592-0787
Fax: (231) 592-0193
www.co.mecosta.mi.us

In central MI, northeast of Grand Rapids; established Apr 1, 1840 from Newaygo and Osceola counties. Name Origin: For the Potawatomi chief whose name means 'bear cub.'

Area (sq mi):: 571.10 (land 555.69; water 15.41) Population per square mile: 76.30
Population 2005: 42,391 State rank: 40 Population change: 2000-20005 4.50%; 1990-2000 8.70% Population 2000: 40,553 (White 91.90%; Black or African American 3.60%; Hispanic or Latino 1.30%; Asian 0.90%; Other 2.80%). Foreign born: 1.90%. Median age: 31.90
Income 2000: per capita $16,372; median household $33,849; Population below poverty level: 16.10% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $18,548-$20,049
Unemployment (2004): 7.20% Unemployment change (from 2000): 1.90% Median travel time to work: 24.40 minutes Working outside county of residence: 31.00%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Big Rapids County seat (10,852)

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