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Demographics

Otsego County is one of Michigan's 83 counties and is not part of a metropolitan area. The County's population continues to grow at a healthy rate! Our County grew 3.7%, resulting in a population of 24,164 people (33% urban and 67% rural). The Gaylord area grew by 0.53% with a population of 18,410. Otsego Lake Township had the largest increase at 12.4%, which was the largest growth in population in a single sector.

The median household income was $45,531 and the median value of owner-occupied housing units was $122,300 with an 81.8% homeownership rate. The cost of living index was 82.2%

In 2011, 5% of the population was self-employed and there were 797 private nonfarm establishments and 3,107 firms with 20.5% of the firms being owned by women.

In 2007, manufacturer's shipments per $1K were 158,006, merchant wholesaler's sales per $1K were 290,713, retail sales per $1K were 499,775 and retail sales per capita were $20,716. Accommodation and food service sales during 2007, per $1K were 58,883.