Manistee County 
Community Information

About Manistee County

Manistee County is a small, rural community in Northwest Michigan with a population of less than 25,000 (U.S. Census, 2019) which includes a federally recognized Native American Tribe, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. Manistee County hugs the Lake Michigan coastline and is considered a tourist destination. Manistee County is home to several regional employers whose workforce live within communities outside of Manistee County and bring their children to Manistee County for care. Manistee County is a beautiful place to live and attracts many seasonal residents, but many families who live and work in the community year-round face considerable economic challenges.