About Ogemaw County
Located in Northern Central Lower Peninsula of Michigan, Ogemaw County has a total population of 20,895 according to the United States Census 2020. The county covers an area of 575 square miles and consists of fourteen townships, one village, and two cities. The largest city being West Branch. Ogemaw County adjoins Iosco County on the west and owes it’s settlement to it’s primal forests of pine. West Branch contains Irons Park, a city park established in 1955. Many community events are held in the park yearly. Lastly, Ogemaw County features the Ogemaw Hills Rifle River Recreation area. Canoeing, trout fishing, and swimming are just a few of the many recreational activities that are enjoyed throughout the County.
The lack of affordable and available child care is a serious obstacle to sustaining employment for residents. The child care shortage in Ogemaw County is significant, with 637 child care slots needed to meet the current need. Through the Rural Child Care Innovation Program, the community is working towards creating sustainable solutions that increase the supply of affordable and high-quality child care.