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Ferrysburg, Michigan
Official seal of Ferrysburg, Michigan
The Ottawa Peninsula
Location of Ferrysburg within Ottawa County, Michigan
Location of Ferrysburg within Ottawa County, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Ottawa
Incorporation 1963
 • City 3.59 sq mi (9.30 km2)
 • Land 2.99 sq mi (7.74 km2)
 • Water 0.60 sq mi (1.55 km2)  16.71%
623 ft (190 m)
 • City 2,892
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,012.71/sq mi (390.99/km2)
 • Metro
1,306,768 (Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland MSA)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 616
FIPS code 26-27960
GNIS feature ID 0625927

Ferrysburg is a city in Ottawa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,892 at the 2010 census.

Spring Lake Township borders the city on the north and east, though it is administratively autonomous. The village of Spring Lake is located to the southeast, on the opposite side of Spring Lake from Ferrysburg. The city of Grand Haven is located to the south, on the opposite side of the Grand River. Lake Michigan is to the west of the city.

US 31 passes north-south through the city and M-104 has its western terminus at US 31 in Ferrysburg.


Settlement in the area of Ferrysburg began in the 1830s by William Montague Ferry and his family. It was platted in 1857.


The city is situated on the north side of the Grand River at its mouth on Lake Michigan. The harbor of Grand Haven and Spring Lake form the southern boundary of the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.59 square miles (9.30 km2), of which 2.99 square miles (7.74 km2) is land and 0.60 square miles (1.55 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 411
1890 692 68.4%
1950 1,454
1960 2,590 78.1%
1970 2,196 −15.2%
1980 2,440 11.1%
1990 2,919 19.6%
2000 3,040 4.1%
2010 2,892 −4.9%
Est. 2019 3,028 4.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,892 people, 1,287 households, and 809 families residing in the city. The population density was 967.2 inhabitants per square mile (373.4/km2). There were 1,565 housing units at an average density of 523.4 per square mile (202.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.8% White, 0.5% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 1,287 households, of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.1% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.79.

The median age in the city was 47.1 years. 20% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.2% were from 25 to 44; 33.1% were from 45 to 64; and 20% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.5% male and 53.5% female.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Ferrysburg has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

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