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Explore Our Communities

Isabella and Clare counties both feature robust and unique communities. Whether you are looking for the amenities of a larger City with small town appeal or are ready to embrace a quieter walk of life, our towns and villages have a lot to offer. 

Top Employers 

Middle Michigan is home to a wide variety of world-class employers.

Our top companies in Clare County include: Rogers Group, MidMichigan Health, Mid Michigan College, Lear Corporation, Northern Logistics, Rite Hide/JD Metalworks, Melling Products North, Federal Broach, Alro Steel, Jay's Sporting Goods, MediLodge of Clare and Clare-Gladwin RESD.

Our top companies in Isabella County include: Central Michigan University, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, McLaren Central Michigan, Bandit Industries, Inc., Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, Morbark LLC., McBride Quality Care Services, Delfield/Welbilt, Isabella Bank, American Mitsuba Corporation, Walmart Supercenter, Meijer, Unified Brands and J. Ranck Electric

A Competitive Tax Environment

Michigan ranks as one of the top 10 states for for new facilities and expansions as a result of its competitive tax environment. 

  • Michigan Corporate Income Tax is 6% on federal taxable income apportioned to Michigan 
  • No personal property tax 
  • Personal income tax rate is at 4.25%, already one of the lowest rates in the nation and expected to decline over the next few years
  • Michigan Sales Tax is at 6%; however, sales tax is exempt on machinery and equipment purchases, electricity and natural gas used in production, and pollution control equipment 
  • Inventory Sales Tax is at 0% 

Additionally, property tax abatements are available to Michigan businesses, including 50% abatements for up to 12 years on new property for industrial processors and high-tech companies. A full list of our featured incentives and programs can be found on our website. 

Utilities Available 

Consumers Energy 

Consumers Energy has been building towards the future since 1886 through a strong commitment of support towards the people and the companies that have chosen to locate here. Providing natural gas and electricity to over 60% of Michigan households and businesses, discover how Consumers Energy can partner with your business

DTE Energy

DTE Energy's goal is to provide customers with the most reliable and affordable energy service possible. Headquartered in Detroit, this diversified energy company is ready to meet your businesses needs here in Middle Michigan; home to DTE's largest clean energy project to date. Learn more on how DTE Energy can support your business needs

Our Communities

Mount Pleasant

Centrally located in the lower peninsula of Michigan, the City of Mt. Pleasant is conveniently accessible from everywhere across the state. In addition to the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport, infrastructure includes US-127 access and the intersection of M-20 and the US-127 Business Route. The Great Lakes Central Railroad also passes through the City. Known for having larger city amenities but retaining a true "hometown" feel, Mt. Pleasant offers residents, businesses and visitors a vibrant place to live, work and play. 

In 2020: 
  • Population: 25,266
  • Workforce: 13,764
  • Average Household Income: $61,335
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher:  43.64%
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.05%
Primary Industries: Education, Healthcare and Automotive Manufacturing 

City of Mount Pleasant

Union Township

Once a beautiful pine and hardwood forest and the winter home of the Chippewa tribe, the area that became Union Township would become the center of lumbering, commerce and a fledgling oil industry in the State of Michigan. Surrounding the City of Mt. Pleasant, the two municipalities work closely together to support residents and businesses alike in the area.

In 2020: 

  • Population: 13,860
  • Workforce: 7,904
  • Average Household Income: $53,974
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher: 31.76%
  • Unemployment Rate: 2.78%

Primary Industries: Manufacturing, Healthcare, Auto Repair, Financial Institutions and Restaurants

Charter Township of Union

Shepherd

Shepherd is a Village in Isabella County with quick on/off access to North and Southbound US-127. The Great Lakes Central Railroad Line also passes directly through the heart of this community.  It is home to the Maple Syrup Festival, an event that draws people every year to the area to see trees across the village tapped for maple syrup production.

In 2020: 

  • Population: 1,496
  • Workforce: 759
  • Average Household Income: $61,298
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher: 29%
  • Unemployment Rate: 2.37%

Primary Industries: Healthcare, Education, Insurance and Financial Institutions

Village of Shepherd

Clare

Located primarily in Clare County, the population of Clare was 3,118 at the 2010 census. North-south U.S. Highway 127 forms the eastern boundary for much of the city and has a junction with east-west US 10 on the east side of the city.

In 2020: 

  • Population: 2,954
  • Workforce: 1,413
  • Average Household Income: $65,671
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher: 29.6%
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.39%

Primary Industries: Healthcare and Specialty Stores

City of Clare

Harrison

A wonderful community and the perfect outdoor recreation destination, the City of Harrison is a great place to call home. With easy access to North and Southbound US-127 and Mid Michigan College's main campus located near by, it is also a great place to do business.

In 2020: 

  • Population: 2,043
  • Workforce: 783
  • Average Household Income: $43,321
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher: 14.04%
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.85%

Primary Industries: Health and Medical, Social Services and Government

City of Harrison

Farwell

Full of small town charm, the Village of Farwell features a farmers market and Rails-to-Trails walk and bike trail in its downtown. Farwell is also home to many of our manufacturing businesses with the Farwell Enterprise Industrial Park conveniently located adjacent to the US-10 North and South on ramps.  

In 2020: 

  • Population: 870
  • Workforce: 385
  • Average Household Income: $55,114
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher: 11.77%
  • Unemployment Rate: 5.97%

Primary Industries: Auto Detailers and Repair Services, Education, Real Estate and Financial Institutions

Village of Farwell

Life in middle michigan

We know Middle Michigan is a place where cultures intersect and people come together. To learn more about all the amenities Clare and Isabella counties have to offer, we recommend connecting with our partners at the Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Clare County Convention and Visitors Bureau