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Holly, Michigan
Village of Holly
Downtown Holly Commercial District
Location within Oakland County
Location within Oakland County
Holly, Michigan is located in Michigan
Holly, Michigan
Holly, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Oakland
Township Holly
Incorporated 1982
 • Village 3.00 sq mi (7.78 km2)
 • Land 2.72 sq mi (7.03 km2)
 • Water 0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)  9.21%
928 ft (283 m)
 • Village 6,086
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,263.99/sq mi (874.10/km2)
 • Metro
4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 248
FIPS code 26-38700
GNIS feature ID 0628441

Holly is a village in north Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,086 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Holly Township. It is about 15 miles (24 km) south of Flint and 55 miles (89 km) northwest of Detroit.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.04 square miles (7.87 km2), of which 2.76 square miles (7.15 km2) is land and 0.28 square miles (0.73 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 542
1870 1,429 163.7%
1880 1,443 1.0%
1890 1,266 −12.3%
1900 1,419 12.1%
1910 1,537 8.3%
1920 1,888 22.8%
1930 2,252 19.3%
1940 2,343 4.0%
1950 2,663 13.7%
1960 3,269 22.8%
1970 4,355 33.2%
1980 4,874 11.9%
1990 5,595 14.8%
2000 6,135 9.7%
2010 6,086 −0.8%
2019 (est.) 6,149 1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,086 people, 2,453 households, and 1,538 families living in the village. The population density was 2,205.1 inhabitants per square mile (851.4/km2). There were 2,703 housing units at an average density of 979.3 per square mile (378.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.0% White, 1.2% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.6% of the population.

There were 2,453 households, of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.3% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the village was 36.3 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.9% were from 45 to 64; and 12.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.


WaterWorks Park Launch
Canoe and kayak launch site for Shiawassee River at WaterWorks Park
Holly MI Union Depot
Historic Holly Union Depot, built 1886

Holly is home to the Annual Holly Dickens Festival and to the Michigan Renaissance Festival, which was the main shooting location for the 2009 film All's Faire in Love. It is also the starting point of the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail at WaterWorks Park.

Mount Holly, the largest ski/snowboard resort in southeastern Michigan, is located 3 miles (5 km) northeast of the village in Groveland Township. The ski area has 19 trails with a range of difficulty, and a high-speed quad chairlift. Also nearby is the state owned Holly Recreation Area.

Crapo Park, named after Michigan Governor Henry H. Crapo (1804–1869), located near the junction of the CSX Saginaw Subdivision and Canadian National Railway's Holly Subdivision is a popular viewing location for railfans. Both lines were formerly served by Holly's small (now abandoned) railroad depot, built in 1886. A nonprofit group is currently attempting to restore the neglected building to its former glory.

Notable people

  • James E. Church, Jr., who developed the Mount Rose snow sampler.
  • Karl W. Richter, Vietnam War Air Force hero who at 23 became the youngest pilot in that conflict to shoot down a MiG in air-to-air combat, and winner of numerous medals of valor including the Air Force Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart.
  • Andrew Anderson, professional ten-pin bowler
  • Elissa Slotkin, Congresswoman for Michigan's 8th congressional district, resides in Holly.

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