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Mecosta County, Michigan (MI)

County population in 2019: 43,344 (33% urban, 67% rural); it was 40,553 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 7,009
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,527
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 10,976
Renter-occupied apartments: 4,565 (it was 3,939 in 2000)
% of renters here:

26%
State:

28%

Land area: 556 sq. mi.

Water area: 15.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 78 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Mecosta County: 81.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (29.4%), Manufacturing (15.5%), Retail trade (13.1%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (10.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 79%
  • Government: 15%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 6%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Mecosta County, MI (2019)
    • 39,34391.0%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1,2672.9%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1,0282.4%Hispanic or Latino
    • 8882.1%Two or more races
    • 3620.8%Asian alone
    • 3110.7%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 470.1%Some other race alone
    • 60.01%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

37.0 years
Michigan median age:

39.8 years
Males: 21,857  (50.4%)
Females: 21,487  (49.6%)
Average household size:
Mecosta County:

2.0 people
Michigan:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $46,940 ($33,849 in 1999)
This county:

$46,940
Michigan:

$59,584

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $589 (lower quartile is $411, upper quartile is $783)
This county:

$589
State:

$740


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $132,921 (it was $86,400 in 2000)
Mecosta:

$132,921
Michigan:

$169,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $84,605 - $211,712

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $189,214
Here:

$189,214
State:

$219,912

Townhouses or other attached units: $187,426
Here:

$187,426
State:

$199,940

In 2-unit structures: $138,727
Here:

$138,727
State:

$142,994

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $187,058
Here:

$187,058
State:

$151,948

Mobile homes: $67,035
Here:

$67,035
State:

$56,186

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,089
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $391

Institutionalized population: 220

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 7
  • Robberies: 5
  • Assaults: 31
  • Burglaries: 217
  • Thefts: 427
  • Auto thefts: 23

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 10
  • Robberies: 3
  • Assaults: 32
  • Burglaries: 185
  • Thefts: 428
  • Auto thefts: 39
Mecosta County, MI map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 289 buildings, average cost: $67,800
  • 1998: 329 buildings, average cost: $66,800
  • 1999: 307 buildings, average cost: $69,100
  • 2000: 263 buildings, average cost: $68,200
  • 2001: 247 buildings, average cost: $72,600
  • 2002: 244 buildings, average cost: $70,500
  • 2003: 257 buildings, average cost: $83,400
  • 2004: 289 buildings, average cost: $86,900
  • 2005: 282 buildings, average cost: $83,800
  • 2006: 157 buildings, average cost: $148,100
  • 2007: 123 buildings, average cost: $129,500
  • 2008: 76 buildings, average cost: $165,900
  • 2009: 65 buildings, average cost: $145,700
  • 2010: 35 buildings, average cost: $115,100
  • 2011: 32 buildings, average cost: $145,200
  • 2012: 45 buildings, average cost: $131,600
  • 2013: 41 buildings, average cost: $161,700
  • 2014: 39 buildings, average cost: $136,400
  • 2015: 37 buildings, average cost: $148,900
  • 2016: 58 buildings, average cost: $139,200
  • 2017: 67 buildings, average cost: $152,000
  • 2018: 99 buildings, average cost: $206,200
  • 2019: 58 buildings, average cost: $222,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Mecosta, MI residents
Average permit cost in Mecosta, MI
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,564 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,386 (1.1%)

Distribution of median household income in Mecosta, MI in 2019
Distribution of house value in Mecosta, MI in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Mecosta, MI in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 19.2%
Mecosta County:

19.2%
Michigan:

13.0%
(17.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 63.9% for Black residents, 24.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 67.1% for American Indian residents, 54.7% for other race residents, 25.9% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 37.0 years old
(Males: 34.6 years old, Females: 39.3 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 39.0 years old, Black residents: 20.4 years old, American Indian residents: 21.9 years old, Asian residents: 28.3 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21.9 years old, Other race residents: 22.9 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Mecosta County is $441 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $534 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $710 a month.

Cities in this county include: Big Rapids, Canadian Lakes, Morley, Mecosta, Barryton, Stanwood.

Mecosta County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Mecosta County: Gammy Woods Campground (A), Isabella County Fairgrounds (B), Pohlcat Golf Course (C), Holiday Greens Golf Course (D), Riverwood Golf Course (E), Mount Pleasant Country Club (F), Pleasant Hills Golf Course (G), Shardi's Hide Away Campground (H), Bucks Run Golf Club (I), Mount Pleasant Meadows (J), Chippewa Campground (K), Indian Hills Plaza (L), Winding Brook Golf Club (M), Fremont Township Fire Department (N), Shepherd Tri - Township Fire Department Station 2 (O), Shepherd Tri - Township Fire Department Station 3 (P), Blanchard Library (Q), Millbrook / Rolland Township Fire Department (R), Weidman Public Library (S), Nottawa / Sherman Township Fire Department (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Union Commons Mall (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Mecosta County include: Church of the Nazarene (A), Coomer Church (B), Winn United Methodist Church (C), Church of God (D), United by Faith Christian Church (E), Saint Henry's Church (F), Strickland Baptist Church (G), Leaton United Methodist Church (H), New Life Christian Fellowship Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Brown Cemetery (1), Indian Cemetery (2), Green Cemetery (3), Lincoln Cemetery (4), Coe Cemetery (5), Conley Cemetery (6), Broomfield Number One Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Rigglees Lake (A), Marshall Lake (B), Mabel Lake (C), Lyons Lake (D), Lost Lake (E), Long Pond (F), Long Lake (G), Wahl Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Thatcher Creek (A), Figg Drain (B), Tanner Creek (C), Sucker Creek (D), Hogg Creek (E), Stony Brook (F), Parcher Drain (G), Indian Creek (H), Jewel Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Mecosta County include: Coldwater Township Park (1), Herrick Recreation Area (2), Deerfield Nature Park (3), Majeske Landing County Park (4), Jameson Park (5), Meridian County Park (6), McDonald Park (7), Memorial Park (8), Sherman City Historical Marker (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Arenac County , Sagadahoc County, Maine , Houston County, Minnesota , Montcalm County , Muskegon County , Newaygo County , Osceola County .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.7%
Michigan:

6.3%

Unemployment by year in Mecosta, MI
County total employment by year in Mecosta, MI
County average yearly wages by year in Mecosta, MI

Current college students: 7,024
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 90.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 23.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 760 (39.6% naturalized citizens)

Mecosta County:

1.8%
Whole state:

7.0%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 1872010 or later
  • 2222000 to 2009
  • 2061990 to 1999
  • 1291980 to 1989
  • 401970 to 1979
  • 180Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 69.0%

Mecosta County marital status for males Mecosta County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 15,009
  • One, attached: 245
  • Two: 481
  • 3 or 4: 584
  • 5 to 9: 466
  • 10 to 19: 671
  • 20 to 49: 229
  • 50 or more: 185
  • Mobile homes: 3,820
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 7

Housing units in Mecosta County with a mortgage: 6,102 (46 second mortgage, 506 home equity loan, 9 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 5,680

Here:

54.5% with mortgage
State:

59.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Mecosta County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant5,42039
Catholic4,7964
Mainline Protestant2,43212
Other4504
None29,700-
Mecosta County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 9
Mecosta County:

2.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.48 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 9
This county:

2.16 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
Mecosta County:

4.31 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 32
This county:

7.67 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Mecosta County:

8.6%
Michigan:

9.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Mecosta County:

29.2%
State:

29.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.6%
State:

13.4%

Agriculture in Mecosta County:

Average size of farms: 151 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $38,544
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $230.76
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.36%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 56.18%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $33,489
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 48.52%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 10.04%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $38,160
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.32%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 12.84
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 28.34%
Corn for grain: 13696 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 1179 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 897 harvested acres
Vegetables: 1,239 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 183 acres

Tornado activity:

Mecosta County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Michigan state average. It is 5141853.4 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 7 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/3/1988, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured 6 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Mecosta County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Michigan state average. It is 42% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/2/2015 at 16:23:07, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MW, Depth: 2.8 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 97.8 miles away from Mecosta County center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 256.1 miles away from the county center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 293.3 miles away from the county center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 221.0 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW) earthquake occurred 382.9 miles away from Mecosta County center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 358.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Michigan Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4494, Natural disaster type: Other
  • Michigan Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3225: September 07, 2005, FEMA Id: 3225, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Michigan Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: May 20, 2004 to June 08, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1527: June 30, 2004, FEMA Id: 1527, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Michigan Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 11, 2000 to December 31, 2000, Emergency Declared EM-3160: January 10, 2001, FEMA Id: 3160, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Michigan Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 02, 1999 to January 15, 1999, Emergency Declared EM-3137: January 27, 1999, FEMA Id: 3137, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Michigan SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: September 10, 1986 to October 10, 1986, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-774: September 18, 1986, FEMA Id: 774, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Michigan SEVERE STORMS AND FLOODING, Incident Period: September 05, 1985 to September 28, 1985, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-744: September 18, 1985, FEMA Id: 744, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Michigan Blizzards and Snowstorms, Incident Period: January 27, 1978, Emergency Declared EM-3057: January 27, 1978, FEMA Id: 3057, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Blizzard
  • Michigan Drought, Incident Period: March 02, 1977, Emergency Declared EM-3035: March 02, 1977, FEMA Id: 3035, Natural disaster type: Drought
  • Michigan Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Icing, Flooding, Incident Period: March 19, 1976, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-495: March 19, 1976, FEMA Id: 495, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • 1 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Mecosta County (11) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Mecosta

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 13,953 (78.3%)
  • Carpooled: 1,523 (8.5%)
  • Bus: 104 (0.6%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 244 (1.4%)
  • Bicycle: 41 (0.2%)
  • Walked: 1,037 (5.8%)
  • Worked at home: 923 (5.2%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Public administration (3%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Educational services (20%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Public administration (3%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Production occupations (16%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Material moving occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Iraq (25%)
  • India (11%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (7%)
  • Germany (6%)
  • Saudi Arabia (6%)
  • Russia (6%)
  • Philippines (6%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Mecosta County


  • German (18%)
  • American (12%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • English (7%)
  • Eastern European (5%)
  • Polish (4%)
  • Dutch (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Mecosta County, Michigan in 2000:

  • 3,064 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 213 people in nursing homes
  • 41 people in other group homes
  • 41 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 13 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 8 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 2 people in religious group quarters

People in group quarters in Mecosta County, Michigan in 2010:

  • 3,059 people in college/university student housing
  • 145 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 87 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 75 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 9 people in other noninstitutional facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $52,513.

7.57% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,040 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.57%
Michigan average:

5.43%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.18% relocated from other counties in Michigan ($31,746 average AGI)
1.38% relocated from other states ($8,295 average AGI)
Mecosta County:

1.38%
Michigan average:

1.59%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Kent County, MI  0.98% ($40,855 average AGI)
from Osceola County, MI  0.76% ($29,327)
from Montcalm County, MI  0.65% ($45,326)
from Newaygo County, MI  0.53% ($38,947)
from Isabella County, MI  0.41% ($33,621)
from Muskegon County, MI  0.21% ($27,345)
from Oakland County, MI  0.18% ($79,000)


8.32% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($36,635 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.32%
Michigan average:

5.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.46% relocated to other counties in Michigan ($25,530 average AGI)
1.87% relocated to other states ($11,105 average AGI)
Mecosta County:

1.87%
Michigan average:

1.85%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Kent County, MI  1.11% ($33,462 average AGI)
to Montcalm County, MI  0.70% ($33,090)
to Osceola County, MI  0.70% ($25,000)
to Isabella County, MI  0.49% ($38,812)
to Newaygo County, MI  0.41% ($32,776)
to Oakland County, MI  0.26% ($41,000)
to Ottawa County, MI  0.25% ($40,771)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.2

Births per 1000 population in Mecosta County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 8.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Mecosta County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.4

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Mecosta County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 8.3%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 4.9%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Mecosta County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Mecosta County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Mecosta County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Mecosta County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Mecosta County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Mecosta County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 7,182 (5,992 aged, 1,190 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 796 (9%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Mecosta County, Michigan in 1999 - 2019:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (696)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (557)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (547)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (340)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (227)
  • Congestive heart failure (204)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (197)
  • Unspecified dementia (122)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (31)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (28)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.36
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 6,300
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 151
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 47,795

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,054
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 802
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 2

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 37
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 54

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 109.9. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 75.6
  • Other - 34.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 43,344
  • Male householders: 7,597 (2,089 living alone), Female householders: 8,349 (2,810 living alone)
  • 7,476 spouses (7,456 opposite-sex spouses), 1,179 unmarried partners, (1,154 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 10,881 children (10,113 natural, 320 adopted, 447 stepchildren), 670 grandchildren, 323 brothers or sisters, 264 parents, 12 foster children, 491 other relatives, 3,049 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 2,907

Size of family households: 5,082 2-persons, 1,869 3-persons, 1,530 4-persons, 592 5-persons, 247 6-persons, 218 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 4,904 1-person, 1,256 2-persons, 104 3-persons, 166 4-persons, 10 5-persons.

5,063 married couples with children.
2,004 single-parent households (504 men, 1,500 women).

96.3% of residents of Mecosta speak English at home.
1.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (78% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
1.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (69% speak English very well, 28% speak English well, 3% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (75% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 14% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $180,987,000 ($4,269 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,849,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $97,438,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $46,087,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,839,000
Federal grants: $28,351,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,554,000 ($15,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $5,718,000 ($476,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $45,172,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $11,359,000
Federal Government insurance: $11,143,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 2,427
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

68 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,773
Here:

42 per 1000 residents
State:

45 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +268
Here:

+6 per 1000 residents
State:

+12 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +962
Here +23 per 1000 residents
State -16 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Mecosta County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.36 millions of gallons per day (8% from ground, 92% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.4

Year house built in Mecosta County, Michigan
  • Year house built in Mecosta County, Michigan
  • 4962014 or later
  • 7892010 to 2013
  • 2,6312000 to 2009
  • 3,9921990 to 1999
  • 3,8861980 to 1989
  • 3,6431970 to 1979
  • 1,9851960 to 1969
  • 1,2821950 to 1959
  • 7851940 to 1949
  • 2,1741939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Mecosta County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Mecosta County, Michigan
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Mecosta County, Michigan
  • 61 room
  • 482 rooms
  • 3463 rooms
  • 1,2584 rooms
  • 2,4285 rooms
  • 2,3706 rooms
  • 1,8257 rooms
  • 1,3178 rooms
  • 2,1709+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Mecosta County, Michigan
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Mecosta County, Michigan
  • 2211 room
  • 3012 rooms
  • 6183 rooms
  • 8414 rooms
  • 1,0625 rooms
  • 5576 rooms
  • 2817 rooms
  • 1888 rooms
  • 1249+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Mecosta County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Mecosta County, Michigan
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Mecosta County, Michigan
  • 9no bedroom
  • 3661 bedroom
  • 2,5152 bedrooms
  • 6,0693 bedrooms
  • 2,0844 bedrooms
  • 7135+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Mecosta County, Michigan
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Mecosta County, Michigan
  • 233no bedroom
  • 8571 bedroom
  • 1,4302 bedrooms
  • 9423 bedrooms
  • 6434 bedrooms
  • 685+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Mecosta County, Michigan in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Mecosta County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Mecosta County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 396no vehicle
  • 3,6231 vehicle
  • 5,0112 vehicles
  • 1,9313 vehicles
  • 5654 vehicles
  • 2315+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Mecosta County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Mecosta County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 597no vehicle
  • 2,1961 vehicle
  • 8302 vehicles
  • 2843 vehicles
  • 2794 vehicles
  • 445+ vehicles

81.3% of Mecosta County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 32% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 89% lived in Michigan.

Mecosta County:

81.3%
State average:

86.2%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 36,120
  • Other state: 6,214
  • Northeast: 849
  • Midwest: 2,685
  • South: 1,569
  • West: 1,132
Year householders moved into unit in Mecosta County, MI
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Mecosta County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 44.4%Utility gas
  • 31.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 13.4%Wood
  • 5.7%Electricity
  • 2.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 2.2%Other fuel
  • 0.4%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 62.7%Utility gas
  • 19.0%Electricity
  • 11.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.5%Wood
  • 1.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.6%Other fuel
  • 0.4%No fuel used

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 549
Here:

15.7%
Michigan:

10.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 144
Here:

7.6%
Michigan:

9.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 383
Here:

6.2%
Michigan:

14.3%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Mecosta County government finances - Expenditure in 2017:

  • Charges - Other: $3,323,000
    Regular Highways: $1,273,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,264,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $4,633,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $13,188,000
    General - Other: $6,761,000
    Police Protection: $3,918,000
    Health - Other: $2,652,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,459,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,060,000
    Central Staff Services: $844,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $738,000
    General Public Buildings: $546,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $435,000
    Financial Administration: $365,000
    Correctional Institutions: $288,000
    Housing and Community Development: $86,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $518,000
    Health and Hospitals: $213,000
    Housing and Community Development: $80,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $20,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $270,000
    Other - General - Other: $253,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $824,000
    Other: $340,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $226,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $204,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $22,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $5,974,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,064,000
    Interest Earnings: $176,000
    Sale of Property: $98,000
    Special Assessments: $19,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $1,039,000
    General - Other: $240,000
    Health - Other: $228,000
    Parks and Recreation: $199,000
    Hospitals: $2,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $24,459,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $12,677,000
    Other: $905,000
    General Local Government Support: $862,000
    Health and Hospitals: $607,000
  • Tax - Property: $8,723,000
    Other Selective Sales: $425,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $246,000
    Other License: $35,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,774,000

Mecosta County government finances - Revenue in 2017:

  • Charges - Other: $3,323,000
    Regular Highways: $1,273,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,264,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $4,633,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $13,188,000
    General - Other: $6,761,000
    Police Protection: $3,918,000
    Health - Other: $2,652,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,459,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,060,000
    Central Staff Services: $844,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $738,000
    General Public Buildings: $546,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $435,000
    Financial Administration: $365,000
    Correctional Institutions: $288,000
    Housing and Community Development: $86,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $518,000
    Health and Hospitals: $213,000
    Housing and Community Development: $80,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $20,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $270,000
    Other - General - Other: $253,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $824,000
    Other: $340,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $226,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $204,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $22,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $5,974,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,064,000
    Interest Earnings: $176,000
    Sale of Property: $98,000
    Special Assessments: $19,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $1,039,000
    General - Other: $240,000
    Health - Other: $228,000
    Parks and Recreation: $199,000
    Hospitals: $2,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $24,459,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $12,677,000
    Other: $905,000
    General Local Government Support: $862,000
    Health and Hospitals: $607,000
  • Tax - Property: $8,723,000
    Other Selective Sales: $425,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $246,000
    Other License: $35,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,774,000

Mecosta County government finances - Debt in 2017:

  • Charges - Other: $3,323,000
    Regular Highways: $1,273,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,264,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $4,633,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $13,188,000
    General - Other: $6,761,000
    Police Protection: $3,918,000
    Health - Other: $2,652,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,459,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,060,000
    Central Staff Services: $844,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $738,000
    General Public Buildings: $546,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $435,000
    Financial Administration: $365,000
    Correctional Institutions: $288,000
    Housing and Community Development: $86,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $518,000
    Health and Hospitals: $213,000
    Housing and Community Development: $80,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $20,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $270,000
    Other - General - Other: $253,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $824,000
    Other: $340,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $226,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $204,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $22,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $5,974,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,064,000
    Interest Earnings: $176,000
    Sale of Property: $98,000
    Special Assessments: $19,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $1,039,000
    General - Other: $240,000
    Health - Other: $228,000
    Parks and Recreation: $199,000
    Hospitals: $2,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $24,459,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $12,677,000
    Other: $905,000
    General Local Government Support: $862,000
    Health and Hospitals: $607,000
  • Tax - Property: $8,723,000
    Other Selective Sales: $425,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $246,000
    Other License: $35,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,774,000

Mecosta County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017:

  • Charges - Other: $3,323,000
    Regular Highways: $1,273,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,264,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $4,633,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $13,188,000
    General - Other: $6,761,000
    Police Protection: $3,918,000
    Health - Other: $2,652,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,459,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,060,000
    Central Staff Services: $844,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $738,000
    General Public Buildings: $546,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $435,000
    Financial Administration: $365,000
    Correctional Institutions: $288,000
    Housing and Community Development: $86,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $518,000
    Health and Hospitals: $213,000
    Housing and Community Development: $80,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $20,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $270,000
    Other - General - Other: $253,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $824,000
    Other: $340,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $226,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $204,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $22,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $5,974,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,064,000
    Interest Earnings: $176,000
    Sale of Property: $98,000
    Special Assessments: $19,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $1,039,000
    General - Other: $240,000
    Health - Other: $228,000
    Parks and Recreation: $199,000
    Hospitals: $2,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $24,459,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $12,677,000
    Other: $905,000
    General Local Government Support: $862,000
    Health and Hospitals: $607,000
  • Tax - Property: $8,723,000
    Other Selective Sales: $425,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $246,000
    Other License: $35,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,774,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 936
  • Number of aged recipients: 42
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 894
  • Number of recipients under 18: 151
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 663
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 122
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 343
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 459
Most common first names in Mecosta County, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John17075.3 years
William16176.4 years
Robert14469.9 years
Mary11881.3 years
James11471.5 years
George10576.9 years
Charles9876.4 years
Dorothy8279.0 years
Ruth8081.6 years
Richard7171.1 years
Most common last names in Mecosta County, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith7574.0 years
Johnson7078.2 years
Miller3578.8 years
Anderson3381.5 years
Williams3069.6 years
Moore2875.1 years
Brown2478.3 years
Taylor2377.4 years
Nelson2379.9 years
King2073.7 years
Businesses in Mecosta County, MI
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1MasterBrand Cabinets7
Ace Hardware1Maurices1
Advance Auto Parts1McDonald's1
Applebee's1Meijer1
Arby's1Menards1
AutoZone1Nike3
Buffalo Wild Wings1Payless1
Burger King1Penske1
Chevrolet1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen1Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Domino's Pizza1Quality1
Fashion Bug1Quiznos1
FedEx2RadioShack1
GNC1Rite Aid1
GameStop1Ruby Tuesday1
Goodwill2Sears1
H&R Block1Sprint Nextel1
Haworth2Staples1
Holiday Inn1Starbucks1
JCPenney1Subway2
Jones New York1Super 81
KFC1Taco Bell1
Kmart1U-Haul3
La-Z-Boy1UPS6
Lane Furniture1Vans1
Little Caesars Pizza1Walgreens1
Long John Silver's1Walmart1
Lowe's1Wendy's1