Introduction to Holly, Michigan

Holly, Michigan is 13 miles NW of Waterford, Michigan (center to center) and 43 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan. The population of the village is 6,135.

Holly History

In 1831, the first settler, Nathan Herrick, arrived and in 1843 Ira C. Alger constructed a dam across the Shiawassee River and built a sawmill in the area. He also built a grist mill the following year. The village was named due to an abundance of holly trees in the region. In 1855, the first train entered the area and in the 1860s, Holly became the first rail junction of Michigan. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1865, and in 1875 a fire destroyed a great deal of the village. Numerous buildings on the east side were completely burned.

Holly and Nearby Attractions

  • Flushing Area Museum
  • Cranbrook
  • Waterworks Park
  • Groveland Oaks County Park
  • Hadley House Museum
  • Detroit Zoo

Things To Do In Holly

Exhibits on regional history are showcased in the Flushing Area Museum. The Alfred P. Sloan Museum includes antique autos, as well as artifacts reflecting the heritage of the area. The Flint Institute of Arts, the Cranbrook Art Museum, and the Cranbrook Institute of Science are also close by. Among the popular parks in the village of Holly are the Waterworks Park, the Lakeside Park, the Ganshaw Park, the Crapo Park, and the Cyclone Park. Holly also offers easy access to the Detroit Zoo, and the Eastern Market. In addition, the community celebrates the Dickens Festival in the month of November every year.

Holly Transportation

The closest major airport is the Bishop International Airport.

Holly Higher Education

Baker College of Flint, Cleary College, Kettering University, Mott Community College, and the University of Michigan - Flint are located close to Holly.


Total Population 6,142
Male Share of the Population 51%
Female Share of the Population 49%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,765
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 48.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.8%
Median Earnings25+ $35,686
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $42,699
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,564


Median Family Income $64,489
% Above Poverty Level 86.9%
% Below Poverty Level 13.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 21.6%
Median Gross Rent $744
Median House Value $82,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.3%
US/American 0%
English 20.3%
Irish 11.7%

Holly Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles NW of Waterford, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 43 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Oakland
Standard Zip Codes 48442
Phone Area Codes 248
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.791
Longitude -83.627

Holly Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 31.6 inches
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 29.2 inches
Distance 25.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 30.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fenton 11,601 $51,761
Goodrich 1,851 $77,031
Grand Blanc 8,147 $60,833
Linden 3,919 $71,272
Milford 6,325 $98,306
Ortonville 1,488 $60,625

Holly Public Libraries

Holly Township Library
Holly, Michigan
(248) 634-1754

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Student/teacher ratio: 21.1

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