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Grand Traverse County, Michigan
Map
Map of Michigan highlighting Grand Traverse County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the USA highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1851
Seat Traverse City
Largest City Traverse City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

601 sq mi (1,557 km²)
464 sq mi (1,202 km²)
137 sq mi (355 km²), 23%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

86,986
187/sq mi (72/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.co.grand-traverse.mi.us
Named for: Grand Traverse Bay
County flag Flag of Grand Traverse County, Michigan
County logo Logo of Grand Traverse County, Michigan

Grand Traverse County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 86,986. The county seat is Traverse City.

According to the United States Census Bureau, it is estimated that the population of Grand Traverse County in July 2015 was 91,636

Grand Traverse County is part of the Traverse City, MI Micropolitan Statistical Area, which also includes Benzie, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties.

Interlochen, home of the Interlochen Center for the Arts is located in Green Lake Township.

History

See also: History of Northern Michigan

In 1840 it was separated and originally named Omeena County. Grand Traverse County was organized by an act of the state legislature on April 7, 1851. Grand Traverse is derived from a French phrase meaning "long crossing" and the county is so named because it is situated at the Grand Traverse Bay. The first permanent settlement in the county was the mission now known as Old Mission.

Historical markers

There are twelve recognized Michigan historical markers in the county: They are:

  • City Opera House
  • Congregation Beth El
  • Fife Lake Union District No. 1 Schoolhouse
  • Grand Traverse Bay
  • Grand Traverse County Courthouse
  • Hesler Log House
  • Interlochen
  • Ladies Library Association
  • Novotny's Saloon
  • Park Place Hotel
  • Traverse City Regional Psychiatric Hospital

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 601 square miles (1,560 km2), of which 464 square miles (1,200 km2) is land and 137 square miles (350 km2) (23%) is water. Grand Traverse County is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.

Adjacent counties

Lakes

  • Arbutus Lake
  • Bass Lake
  • Cedar Hedge Lake
  • Christmas Tree Lake
  • Coffield Lake
  • Duck Lake (Wahbekaness)
  • Dyer Lake
  • Elk Lake (Largest in more than one county including Grand Traverse)
  • Ellis Lake
  • Fife Lake
  • Fish Lake
  • Green Lake (Wahbekanetta)
  • High Lake
  • Huellmantel Lake
  • Long Lake (Largest in County)
  • Lost Lake
  • Mirror Lake
  • Mud Lake
  • Muncie Lake
  • Pickerel Lake
  • Rennie Lake
  • Rush Pond
  • Silver Lake (Deepest in County)
  • Spider lake
  • Lake Skegemog
  • Strombolis Lake
  • Truax Lake
  • Twin Lake
  • Vandervoight Lake

Creeks

  • Acme Creek
  • Angell Creek
  • Beitner Creek
  • Campbell Creek
  • Cedar Run
  • Coleys Creek
  • Desmond Creek
  • Fife Outlet
  • Fourmile Creek
  • Gens Creek
  • Harris Creek
  • Headquarters Creek
  • Kids Creek
  • Kingsley Creek
  • Mitchell Creek
  • Neal Creek
  • Orchard Valley Creek
  • Rudhardt Creek
  • Swainston Creek
  • Vanderali (West) Creek
  • Vanderlip (East) Creek
  • Williamsburg Creek
  • Woodland Creek
  • Yuba Creek

Rivers

  • Betsie River
  • Boardman River (North and South branches)
  • Little Betsie River
  • Platte River
  • South Skegemog River

Transportation

Air service

Grand Traverse County is served by Cherry Capital Airport, which is located near Traverse City. Grand Traverse County also has three smaller unpaved airports: Yuba Airport, Green Lake Airport, and the Acme Skyport

Major highways

  • US 31
  • US 131
  • M-22
  • M-37
  • M-72
  • M-113
  • M-137
  • M-186

County Roads

  • CR 137
  • CR 602
  • CR 604
  • CR 605
  • CR 610
  • CR 611
  • CR 620
  • CR 633
  • CR 637
  • CR 641
  • CR 660
  • CR 672
  • CR 700

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,286
1870 4,443 245.5%
1880 8,422 89.6%
1890 13,355 58.6%
1900 20,479 53.3%
1910 23,784 16.1%
1920 19,518 −17.9%
1930 20,011 2.5%
1940 23,390 16.9%
1950 28,598 22.3%
1960 33,490 17.1%
1970 39,175 17.0%
1980 54,899 40.1%
1990 64,273 17.1%
2000 77,654 20.8%
2010 86,986 12.0%
Est. 2015 91,636 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 77,654 people, 30,396 households, and 20,730 families residing in the county. The population density was 167 people per square mile (64/km²). There were 34,842 housing units at an average density of 75 per square mile (29/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.51% White, 0.40% Black or African American, 0.93% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. 1.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.1% were of German, 11.3% English, 10.7% Irish, 8.4% American and 7.4% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.4% spoke English and 1.6% Spanish as their first language.

There were 30,396 households out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.80% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,169, and the median income for a family was $51,211. Males had a median income of $34,796 versus $24,139 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,111. About 3.80% of families and 5.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.30% of those under age 18 and 5.90% of those age 65 or over.

Religion

Grand Traverse County is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord.

Communities

See also: List of communities in Grand Traverse County

City

Villages

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated places

Ghost towns

  • Angell
  • Bates
  • Garfield
  • Grawn
  • Hardwood Acres
  • Hodge
  • Mayfield
  • Mitchell
  • Neahtawanta
  • Old Mission Point
  • Schell
  • Tunk
  • Westminster
  • Wylie

Charter townships

Townships


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