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Michigan Counties

The boundaries of the eighty-three counties in Michigan have not changed substantially since 1897. Wayne County was the sixth county in the Northwest Territory, formed 15 August 1796 and organized in 1815. Wayne County was created 21 November 1815 as an original county of Michigan.

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Osceola County, Michigan

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Osceola County is a county located in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 23,528. The county seat is Reed City

Etymology - Origin of Osceola County Name

Osceola County was set off on April 1, 1840, named "Unwattin County", after an Ottawa leader. The name was changed March 8, 1843, to Osceola, after the Seminole leader.

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Osceola County History

Osceola County was set off on April 1, 1840, named "Unwattin County", after an Ottawa leader. The name was changed March 8, 1843, to Osceola, after the Seminole leader. It was initially attached for administrative purposes to Ottawa County. In 1855, it was attached to Mason County; in 1857, to Newaygo County; and in 1859, to Mecosta County. Separate county government was organized in 1869 with Hersey as the county seat. Reed City became the county seat in 1927.

Set Off: 1840 as Unwattin County. Name changed to Osceola in 1843

Organized: 1869

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 573 square miles (1,480 km2), of which 566 square miles (1,470 km2) is land and 6.7 square miles (17 km2) (6.7%) is water. The county is drained by Muskegon River and branches of the Manistee River. The surface is level. Osceola County is part of Northern Michigan.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Missaukee County (northeast)
  • Wexford County (northwest)
  • Clare County (east)
  • Lake County (west)
  • Mecosta County (south)

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