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Mecosta County is a county located in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 42,798. The county seat is Big Rapids. The county is named after Chief Mecosta.
The county is named after Chief Mecosta, the leader of the Potawatomi Native American tribe that once traveled the local waterways in search of fish and game. Chief Mecosta was one of the signers the Treaty of Washington in 1836.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Mecosta County is named for Mecosta, a Native American leader. Mecosta (Big Bear) was a Pottawattomi chief who signed the Treaty of Washington in 1836
The Surveyor General approved the United States survey of Mecosta County on February 22, 1839, and the State Legislature established the
county boundaries on April 1, 1840.
Set Off: 1840
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 571 square miles (1,480 km2), of which 555 square miles (1,440 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (2.8%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: