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Holt, Michigan
Holt welcome sign along Cedar Street
Holt welcome sign along Cedar Street
Location within Ingham County
Location within Ingham County
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Country United States
State Michigan
County Ingham
Township Delhi
Established 1860
 • Total 15.87 sq mi (41.10 km2)
 • Land 15.67 sq mi (40.59 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.52 km2)
883 ft (269 m)
 • Total 25,625
 • Density 1,614.7/sq mi (623.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48911 (Lansing)
Area code(s) 517
FIPS code 26-38780
GNIS feature ID 0628464

Holt is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Ingham County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The CDP is located within Delhi Charter Township and occupies a majority of the township. The population was 25,625 at the 2020 census, which is a significant increase from 11,315 at the 2000 census when the CDP area was significantly smaller.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11 km2), of which 4.3 square miles (11 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.46%) is water.

Holt is home to an ancient glacial esker. This esker, the longest in Michigan at roughly twenty miles, can be traced from south Lansing through Holt to just beyond Mason.


The first permanent settlers of Delhi Township, John Norris and Fred Luther, arrived in 1837. In 1850, 402 settlers resided in the township. By 1857, Delhi Center (now present-day Holt) had a post office, hotel, tavern, and several other businesses. The post office at Delhi Center was renamed Holt in 1860 to prevent confusion with Delhi Mills in Washtenaw County. Joseph Holt was the U.S. Postmaster General during that time.

The northern part of Holt was originally not part of the community and was a separate area known as Five Corners or North Holt.

Delhi Charter Township Holt Michigan Library Sign
Holt-Delhi Library in Holt, Michigan


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 11,744
2000 11,315 −3.7%
2010 23,973 111.9%
2020 25,625 6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,315 people, 4,502 households, and 3,101 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,623.2 per square mile (1,013.6/km2). There were 4,719 housing units at an average density of 1,094.0 per square mile (422.7/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.89% White, 2.43% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 1.03% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 2.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.63% of the population.

There were 4,502 households, out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 28.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $44,382, and the median income for a family was $52,528. Males had a median income of $41,322 versus $30,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,733. About 5.1% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.


Holt Public Schools is the local school district, which operates Holt High School.

Notable people

  • Lingg Brewer, Michigan state legislator
  • Harry A. DeMaso, Michigan state legislator
  • Tim Fedewa, NASCAR driver
  • Jim C. Hines, fantasy writer
  • Alfie Turcotte, NHL player
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