Introduction to Grand Haven, Michigan

Grand Haven, Michigan, in Ottawa county, is 28 miles W of Wyoming, Michigan and 84 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is part of the surrounding Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland metro area.

Grand Haven History

French settlers were among the first to arrive in the area now called Grand Haven. Before them, the area was inhabited by the Pottawattamie and Ottawa Indians. Madeline La Framboise and her husband established the area's first fur-trading outpost called Gabagouache. The city was given the name "Grand Haven" in 1835, and in the year 1867, the community was officially incorporated as a city. In the 1850s, a number of churches were built here, and the city's first bank was established.

Grand Haven and nearby Attractions

  • Settlers House
  • Cappon House Museum
  • Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven
  • Grand Valley Marina
  • Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park
  • Mulligans Hollow Park

Things To Do In Grand Haven

Visitors to Grand Haven should take a trip to the famous Settlers House, which was once the home of the Irish Canadian immigrant Thomas Morrissey and his family. The cottage now showcases artifacts from the 19th century. The Chamber of Commerce is another place of historical interest in the city of Grand Haven. Travelers can also visit the nearby Holland Museum. The Outdoor Discovery Center offers an education center which is built on a 110-acre preserve. In the city itself, one can visit the beautiful North Shore Marina, the Wharf Marina, and the Corps of Engineers Boatyard. The John Ball Zoo and the Michigan Adventure amusement park can be ideal for a fun outing with family and friends.

Grand Haven Transportation

Muskegon County Airport is nearby.

Grand Haven Higher Education

For higher education, residents can enroll at the Muskegon Community College, the Grand Valley State University or Hope College.


Total Population 10,819
Male Share of the Population 45.4%
Female Share of the Population 54.6%
Senior Citizens 20.8%
Employed Population 16+ 5,133
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 56%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $57,092
% Above Poverty Level 91.2%
% Below Poverty Level 8.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 33.8%
Median Gross Rent $704
Median House Value $118,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.4%
US/American 0%
English 9.4%
Irish 12.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grand Haven Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles W of Wyoming, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 84 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Ottawa
Metro Area Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland
Standard Zip Codes 49417
Phone Area Codes 616
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.063
Longitude -86.228

Grand Haven Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 79 F
Oct Temp 43 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.7 inches
Distance 29.5 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 79 F
Oct Temp 41 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.1 inches
Distance 36.6 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 31 to 55 F
Jul Temp 56 to 81 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ferrysburg 2,955 $94,219
Fruitport 1,345 $52,692
Muskegon Heights 10,809 $22,445
Norton Shores 23,982 $67,068
Roosevelt Park 3,819 $48,980
Spring Lake 2,438 $63,988

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grand Haven Public Libraries

Loutit District Library
Grand Haven, Michigan
(616) 842-5560
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Grand Haven Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(616) 842-3600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

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