Hart is a rapidly growing small city, located just east of US-31, only seven miles from Lake Michigan and close to Silver Lake State Park. Founded in 1856, Hart serves as the county seat of Oceana County. The City was established around the fruit farming industry and is the home to several large fruit storage and processing facilities. . The City is an employment and service center to the greater Hart community and is the home of businesses that are vital to everyday living, including grocery stores, restaurants, retail stores, financial services, packaging, processing, and industrial uses. A Michigan State Police Post and the County Road Commission facilities are also located in the City along with Oceana County offices. The Oceana Medical care facility is in the northeast portion of the City. Most of the community is walkable, with easy access to parks and the downtown area by foot or bicycle.