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Ottawa County

Located along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan, Ottawa County is the second largest county in Region 8 and the eighth most populous county in Michigan.  Ottawa County’s population increased by 67.8 percent between 1980 and 2010 to reach a total of 263,801.  The County’s rate of growth was much greater than growth rates for Region 8 or the State.  Projections indicate Ottawa County’s population will continue to grow and by 2030 will reach 369,541. 


The County includes six cities and one village, along with 17 townships.  The two largest cities are Holland (which is located in the southwest corner of the county, and partly in Allegan County) and Grand Haven (located in the northwest corner, along the Lake Michigan shoreline).  The other four cities are Hudsonville, Zeeland, Coopersville, and Ferrysburg.  The County has one village, Spring Lake, “Where Nature Smiles for Seven Miles”.  And the County has 17 townships.


Covering 565 square miles, Ottawa County is very urbanized on the east side of the County (adjacent to the Grand Rapids area) and on the west side of the County – both to the south in Holland, and to the north in the Grand Haven-Ferrysburg-Spring Lake area.  Like Kent County, Ottawa County’s urbanized areas contain large amounts of land used for industrial purposes, retail uses, all types and densities of housing, and public uses.  Ottawa County’s rural areas are very productive agricultural areas; 38 percent of the County’s land mass is farmland.  Natural and built features influencing development include Lake Michigan, the Grand River, I-96, I-196, M-6, and US-31. 


There are four airports in the county:  Memorial Airpark in Grand Haven, Park Township Airport in Holland, Riverview Airport in Jenison, and Ottawa Executive Airport in Zeeland.  Major educational institutions are the main campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale and Hope College in Holland.


Each year the area welcomes millions of visitors to its vacation playground.  In Holland, people from all over the world come to the Tulip Time festival each spring; it is the third largest such festival in the United States.  Another major annual event is the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven.  Besides Lake Michigan beaches, there are 307 miles of rivers and streams, two state parks, and over 5,000 acres of county parks and open space lands for visitors to enjoy.

County Links and Information


Ottawa County website


Cities, Villages, and Townships


Tourism and Economic Development –

Ottawa County Economic Development Office

Ottawa County Michigan Works!

Holland Visitors Bureau

Grand Haven Area Convention and Visitors Bureau


Local Chambers of Commerce –

Allendale Charter Township

City of Coopersville

City of Hudsonville

Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce


Annual Events –

Tulip Time Festival

Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven

Ottawa County Fair


County Demographic Profile


Ottawa County Map