A strong agricultural base includes the highest production of mint in the state, leading to the moniker of “The Mint Capital of the World,” for the city of St. Johns, MI. The economy is also heavily influenced by General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Michigan State University and Camp Grayling, a National Guard training facility. St. Johns Public Schools provides four elementary schools, a middle school, high school and an alternative education academy for K-12 students. In addition to MSU, the University of Michigan, Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University and Lansing Community College offer continuing education for advanced degrees.
Year-round recreation means just that in Clinton County and surrounding central Michigan. Access to thousands of lakes and rivers, including the Great Lakes, allows opportunities for world-class leisure such as blue ribbon trout fishing. Public hunting lands are also nearby as are championship golf courses. Uncle John’s Cider Mill, Clinton County Arts Council Art Gallery, Andy T’s Farm, Paine-Gillam-Scott House, Wyrick’s Orchard, Crosby Mint Farms, Clinton Northern Railway Museum and IQhub provide attractions unique to the local culture of central MI.
Clinton County became an official Michigan county in 1831. An artificial waterway, which would become the Erie Canal, was created to make travel easier throughout the area. Following the establishment of a Detroit & Milwaukee Railroad route, St. John’s was founded as the county seat in 1857 and was incorporated as a city in 1904. Much of the community’s history is still on display at Coleman’s Hotel, Roswell C. Dexter House, East Ward School, St. John’s Church and Steel Hotel, which are all registered historic buildings in St. Johns, MI.
The weather is our region is typical described as humid continental and features wide seasonal temperature differences. Summers tend to be warm to hot, while winters are cold. Each year, average precipitation amounts include 43 inches of snow and 33 inches of rain. There are 173 days of sunshine each year on average in St. Johns, MI.