dcsimg

Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,929
Male Share of the Population46.2%
Female Share of the Population53.8%
Senior Citizens20.9%
Employed Population 16+5,253
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married53.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.9%
Median Earnings25+$34,355
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,714

Wealth

Median Family Income$62,168
% Above Poverty Level91%
% Below Poverty Level9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone33.9%
Median Gross Rent$748
Median House Value$127,600

Ancestry

Dutch21.5%
Irish11.5%
English10.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)9.5%
Polish8.2%
French Except Basque4.2%
Scottish3.4%
Swedish3.2%
Italian1.8%
Czech1.6%
Norwegian1.4%
Canadian1.4%
Danishn0.8%
Russian0.8%
Hungarian0.5%
Finnish0.4%
Belgian0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Arab0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Slovene0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Croatian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
German0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Maltese0.1%
+ Show More

Grand Haven Almanac

CategoryValue
County Ottawa County
Standard Zip Codes49417
Phone Area Codes616
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude43.05
Approximate Longitude-86.22

Grand Haven Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGRAND HAVEN FIRE DEPT
Distance0.6 miles
Jan Temp19 to 30 F
Apr Temp36 to 55 F
Jul Temp61 to 79 F
Oct Temp43 to 59 F
Annual Precip32.7 inches
StationMONTAGUE 4 NW
Distance29.5 miles
Jan Temp17 to 29 F
Apr Temp33 to 54 F
Jul Temp58 to 79 F
Oct Temp41 to 59 F
Annual Precip32.1 inches
StationHESPERIA 4 WNW
Distance36.6 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp31 to 55 F
Jul Temp56 to 81 F
Oct Temp36 to 59 F
Annual Precip34 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ferrysburg2,992$89,837
Fruitport1,449$56,250
Muskegon Heights10,743$30,900
Norton Shores24,234$68,613
Roosevelt Park3,810$47,500
Spring Lake2,449$73,529

Grand Haven Public Libraries

Loutit District Library
407 COLUMBUS AVENUE
Grand Haven, Michigan
(616) 842-5560

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Grand Haven Hospitals

North Ottawa Community Hospital
(Non-profit)
1309 Sheldon Rd

Grand Haven Public Schools

Career Development School
106 S 6th St
ZIP: 49417
(616) 850-6800
High
Total Enrollment 13
Central High School
106 South 6th St
ZIP: 49417
(616) 850-6800
High
Total Enrollment 111
Ferry School
1050 Pennoyer Ave
ZIP: 49417
(616) 850-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 285
Grand Haven Cyber School
1415 S Beechtree St
ZIP: 49417
(616) 850-5020
Other
Total Enrollment 52
Grand Haven High School
17001 Ferris St
ZIP: 49417
(616) 850-6000
High
Total Enrollment 1922
Griffin Elementary School
1700 South Griffin St
ZIP: 49417
(616) 850-5500
Primary
Total Enrollment 323
Lakeshore Middle School
900 Cutler St
ZIP: 49417
(616) 850-6500
Middle
Total Enrollment 951
Mary A. White School
1400 Wisconsin Ave
ZIP: 49417
(616) 850-5700
Primary
Total Enrollment 287
Peach Plains School
15849 Comstock St
ZIP: 49417
(616) 850-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 369
Robinson School
11801 120th Ave
ZIP: 49417
(616) 850-5900
Primary
Total Enrollment 328
Rosy Mound School
14016 Lakeshore Dr
ZIP: 49417
(616) 850-6700
Primary
Total Enrollment 329
White Pines Intermediate School
1400 South Griffin St
ZIP: 49417
(616) 850-6300
Middle
Total Enrollment 910

Grand Haven Private Schools

Grand Haven Christian School
1102 Grant Ave
ZIP: 49417
Elementary
Total Enrollment 278
Lakeshore Christian Academy
13664 Lakeshore Dr
ZIP: 49417
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 76
St Johns Lutheran School
525 Taylor Ave
ZIP: 49417
Elementary
Total Enrollment 59
Sources :
Study Online in Grand Haven
Additional Resources
Info for Grand Haven Government Officials


Are you an official in the Grand Haven government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.