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Often referred to as the "Hub of Michigan", Clinton County promotes a superb quality of life. Located nearly in the geographic center of Michigan, Clinton County has attracted people since the early 1800's. It is a rural county with a population of approximately 65,000.

Clinton County boasts industrial growth and manufacturing and holds top rankings in the state for agriculture in categories that include dairy, soybeans and cattle. In fact, Clinton County has become famous for it's mint production due to the rich black soil and celebrates its mint farming heritage annually at the "St. Johns Mint Festival". The county ranks first in the production of mint in Michigan and annually averages 5,000 acres.

The county is committed to recreation, providing residents and visitors alike with indoor and outdoor fun. There are scheduled events that range from farmers markets to outdoor concerts. For unscheduled recreation, city and state parks are just the place for a stroll, a swim, or a game of softball.

 

Clinton County was once part of a larger area called Michillimackinac, an Indian name meaning "big water." Discovered by the French in the 1600's, it was governed by them until 1763, before it ceded to Great Britain. The Treaty of Paris in 1783 transferred it to the United States and in 1787 it was established as an area in the Northwest Territory. It became it's own territory in 1805.

In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state, with Detroit as it's capital. The capital was moved to Lansing in 1848 because it was closer to the center of the state.

There are nine communities that make up the Clinton County Area. They are St. Johns, Bath, DeWitt, Eagle, Elsie, Fowler, Ovid, Maple Rapids and Westphalia.