Gladstone, named after the British statesman William Ewart Gladstone, has a population of 5,032 and covers an area of 4.5 square miles. It has a Commission-Manager form of government.

Gladstone has developed its outdoor resources to good advantage. There are four parks totaling 500 acres including the Sports Park with a downhill ski hill and tube run and chalet.

Gladstone has two elementary, one middle and one new sen-ior high schools with a total enrollment of 1,900 students. The Gladstone Public Library is at the middle school.

The Gladstone Family Medical Center has an office in Glad-stone. It is a satellite in the St. Francis medical office building. It employs five family physicians and three physicians assis-tants. In addition, there is one solo practicing family physician and four dentists in Gladstone.

Gladstone’s downtown streetscaping features Victorian lighting and amenities and paving of Delta Avenue. The Gladstone Downtown Development Authority sponsors activities at Christ-mas and at other times of the year.

The Gladstone Industrial Parks are home to several manufacturers including Independent Machine, Besse Forest Products, Northern Michigan Veneers, Marble Arms, Northern Welding, Pardon Inc., Payne & Dolan, VanAire and NORFAB.Hoegh Industries offers a unique product, pet caskets, from its Delta Avenue location. .