Rutland Charter Township covers 36 square miles lying west of the City of Hastings, the county seat of Barry County. Rutland features rolling hills, the Thornapple River, Algonquin Lake and fine recreational areas.
Hastings and Thornapple Kellogg school districts serve the community; as does the Kellogg Community College.
Located within the township is the Barry County Expo Center, site of the annual Barry County Fair and other special activities throughout the year. Industrial facilities such as Flex Fab Horizons International, Hastings Fiberglass, D&S Machinery, along with several retail businesses all call Rutland their home.
Rutland Charter Township is primarily a residential community with a portion of the Barry State Game area in the southeast corner. A YMCA camp near Algonquin Lake attracts the youth of the area.
Located near the hub of the county, Rutland is well served by three major state highways, M-37, M-43 and M-179 that connects to US-131 Expressway to the west.
With a vision for continued planned growth, Rutland has its own planning and zoning department. The township is governed by a seven member board that meets the second Wednesday of each month.