Introduction to Holland, Michigan

Holland, Michigan, in Ottawa county, is 22 miles SW of Wyoming, Michigan and 92 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is included in the Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland metropolitan area.

Holland History

Native-American tribes were the original inhabitants of this area. When the Dutch Calvinist separatists arrived in 1847, they used the Indian Removal Act of 1839 to drive these tribes out. The Ottawa people on the other hand, welcomed the Dutch, and gradually. A congregation of the Reformed Church in America was established in 1847. Over the years, many more churches were built in this area, which led to the christening of Holland as the "City of Churches." The city of Holland was officially incorporated in the year 1867.

Holland and nearby Attractions

  • Cappon House Museum
  • Outdoor Discovery Center
  • Macatawa River
  • Restlawn Memorial Gardens
  • Maplewood Recreation Area
  • Tulip Time Festival

Things To Do In Holland

Travelers to the city of Holland can visit the Cappon House Museum and the Dutch Village. The Outdoor Discovery Center and the Maplewood Recreation Area provide fun entertainment for both adults and children. The Restlawn Memorial Gardens and the Graafschap Cemetery are two beautiful old-world cemeteries in the city. The Macatawa River is another popular tourist destination. The city of Holland also hosts the famous Tulip Time Festival every May. One can visit the Veldheer Tulip Gardens, the Dutch Village, or the Windmill Island park to see more than 200,000 tulips in full bloom.

Holland Transportation

Gerald R. Ford International Airport is close by.

Holland Higher Education

Residents of Holland can enroll at Hope College or Davenport University for higher education. Other higher educational institutes nearby include the Grand Valley State University, the Muskegon Community College, and the Grand Rapids Community College.


Total Population 33,526
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 12.4%
Employed Population 16+ 15,395
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 42.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.5%
Median Earnings25+ $31,009
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,422
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,407


Median Family Income $54,528
% Above Poverty Level 81.5%
% Below Poverty Level 18.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 26.4%
Median Gross Rent $766
Median House Value $116,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.1%
US/American 0%
English 6.4%
Irish 6.2%

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

Holland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles SW of Wyoming, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 92 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Ottawa
Metro Area Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland
Standard Zip Codes 49423, 49424
P.O. Box Zip Codes 49422
Phone Area Codes 616
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.787
Longitude -86.108

Holland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Distance 20.1 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 27 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 30 F
Apr Temp 35 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Douglas 1,113 $70,417
Fennville 1,777 $32,813
Grandville 15,739 $67,273
Hudsonville 7,271 $63,448
Saugatuck 842 $74,375

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

Holland Public Libraries

Herrick District Library
Holland, Michigan
(616) 355-1400
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Holland Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(616) 392-5141
Emergency Service: Yes

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Holland High Schools

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Serves 1,755 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

Serves 1,640 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

A Charter School.
Serves 489 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

6542 136TH AVENUE
A Special Education School
Serves 20 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.4

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