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
Cities, Villages, and Townships
Tourism and Economic Development –
Ottawa County Economic
Ottawa County Michigan Works!
Haven Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Local Chambers of Commerce –
City of Coopersville
Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce
Annual Events –
Guard Festival in Grand Haven
County Demographic Profile