Introduction to Owosso, Michigan

Owosso, Michigan is 24 miles W of Flint, Michigan and 73 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan. It is in Shiawassee County. The population of the city is 15,713.

Owosso History

Owosso was originally inhabited by the Chippewa Native American tribes. The area was named after a Chippewa chief named Wasso. In 1819, the area was first settled by Europeans. On February 15, 1859, Owosso was incorporated as a city. Local attorney and banker, Amos Gould, was the first mayor of Owosso.

Owosso and nearby Attractions

  • Curwood Castle Museum
  • Movie Museum
  • Sleepy Hollow State Park
  • Flushing Area Museum
  • Michigan Historical Center
  • Montrose Historic & Telephone Pioneer Museum

Things To Do In Owosso

The Shiawassee Arts Center, the Movie Museum and the Curwood Castle Museum are all in the Owosso area. Owosso also includes several golf clubs. You can also find a number of shopping areas, dining and other entertainment facilities in the center of Owosso.

Owosso Transportation

The nearest major airport is Bishop International.

Owosso Higher Education

Baker College of Owosso is the local college. Higher education facilities are also offered at the Lansing Community College, the University of Michigan - Flint, Michigan State University, Kettering University, Mott Community College and Saginaw Valley State University.


Total Population 14,826
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 6,330
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 44.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.8%
Median Earnings25+ $26,750
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,838


Median Family Income $41,922
% Above Poverty Level 76.1%
% Below Poverty Level 23.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 29.4%
Median Gross Rent $624
Median House Value $77,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.4%
US/American 0%
English 14.2%
Irish 14.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Owosso Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles W of Flint, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 73 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Shiawassee
Standard Zip Codes 48841, 48867
Phone Area Codes 989
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.997
Longitude -84.176

Owosso Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.5 inches
Station ST JOHNS
Distance 18.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.9 inches
Distance 33 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 31.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Owosso, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Henderson (48841)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bancroft 635 $43,281
Corunna 3,415 $41,905
Durand 3,369 $53,614
Oakley 196 $36,250
Ovid 1,596 $50,938
Vernon 973 $53,026

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Owosso Public Libraries

Shiawassee District Library
502 W. MAIN ST.
Owosso, Michigan
(989) 725-5134
Library Web Site

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Owosso Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(989) 723-5211
Emergency Service: Yes

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Owosso High Schools

Serves 1,307 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

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