Gratiot County is located at the center of Michigan's lower peninsula between the industrial areas of the south and the recreational area of the north. As a result, the County blends the rural and industrial sectors with a superior quality of life. Much of the county is rural and dependent upon agriculture. The area is a leading producer of dry beans, sugar beets, corn, wheat, corn oats, poultry, pigs, cattle, and dairy products. Agriculture accounts for more than 65% of all land use.
The commercial and industrial development in the county is centered primarily along the U.S. 127 corridor around the cities of Ithaca, Alma, and St. Louis. Manufactured products include pleasure boats, molded plastic parts, fabricated and machined products, and aircraft and auto parts. The county also relies on retail trade and service industries.
The Pine and Maple Rivers and the three State Game Areas offer recreational opportunities in the county. Alma College is located in the City of Alma. Highway U.S. 127 passes through the county from north to south. U.S. 127 is intersected to the north by M-46 and to the south by M-57, which provide east-west access.
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