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Overview

Introduction to Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan, in Grand Traverse county, is 119 miles E of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Traverse City History

Traverse City is named after the Grand Traverse Bay. In 1847, Captain Boardman of Naperville, Illinois, purchased the land at the mouth of the Boardman River. He, along with his son, started a saw-mill there. The advancement of the area attracted many settlers to the community. Initially "Grand Traverse City" was proposed as the name of the city, but later the villagers decided on dropping the "Grand" and naming it "Traverse City." The city was finally incorporated on May 18, 1895.

Traverse City and nearby Attractions

  • Acme Township Park
  • Alden Depot Park & Museum
  • Antrim County Park
  • Arbutus Lake
  • Bowers Harbor Beach
  • Bryant Park

Things To Do In Traverse City

The city is dotted with several sun-kissed beaches where one can head with family and friends to enjoy activities like swimming, diving, snorkeling, and parasailing. If you like a more passive relaxation, you can laze around in the beaches and watch the lovely sunset. The city also has a museum and many parks which make for great places to hangout during one's leisure time.

Traverse City Transportation

Cherry Capital is the local airport of the area.

Traverse City Higher Education

The local colleges in the city are Northwestern Michigan College and Traverse Bay Area Career-Tech Center.

Demographics

People

Total Population15,392
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens18.2%
Employed Population 16+8,022
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married43.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher41.2%
Median Earnings25+$29,939
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$8,869
Median Earnings With High School Degree$19,178

Wealth

Median Family Income$70,882
% Above Poverty Level88.1%
% Below Poverty Level11.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work11.3%
% Using Public Transportation1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone39.1%
Median Gross Rent$825
Median House Value$198,000

Ancestry

Irish16.7%
English11.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.9%
Polish11%
French Except Basque5.8%
Italian4.6%
Swedish3.8%
Dutch3%
Scottish3%
Canadian2.7%
Norwegian2.1%
Hungarian1.5%
Finnish1.4%
Welsh1.2%
Austrian0.9%
Czech0.6%
Russian0.6%
Belgian0.6%
Danishn0.5%
Croatian0.5%
Arab0.5%
Greek0.4%
Syrian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Latvian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
German0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
African0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Traverse City Almanac

CategoryValue
County Grand Traverse County
Standard Zip Codes49684, 49685, 49686, 49696
Phone Area Codes231
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude44.76
Approximate Longitude-85.7

Traverse City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTRAVERSE CITY AP
Distance2.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 27 F
Apr Temp32 to 53 F
Jul Temp58 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 58 F
Annual Precip33.4 inches
StationKALKASKA
Distance22.4 miles
Jan Temp8 to 24 F
Apr Temp29 to 51 F
Jul Temp54 to 78 F
Oct Temp36 to 55 F
Annual Precip31.7 inches
StationCADILLAC
Distance36 miles
Jan Temp9 to 26 F
Apr Temp30 to 52 F
Jul Temp55 to 79 F
Oct Temp35 to 56 F
Annual Precip32.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Buckley806$40,750
Elk Rapids1,574$71,000
Empire363$109,375
Kingsley1,662$60,000
Lake Ann241$57,917
Suttons Bay540$82,273

Traverse City Public Libraries

Peninsula Community Library
2699 ISLAND VIEW ROAD
Traverse City, Michigan
(231) 223-7700
Traverse Area District Library
610 WOODMERE AVENUE
Traverse City, Michigan
(231) 932-8500

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Traverse City Hospitals

Munson Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1105 Sixth Street

Traverse City Public Schools

Blair Elementary School
1625 Sawyer Rd
ZIP: 49684
(231) 933-5700
Primary
Total Enrollment 301
Central Grade School
301 West Seventh St
ZIP: 49684
(231) 933-5600
Primary
Total Enrollment 635
New Campus Center
1100 Silver Dr
ZIP: 49684
(231) 922-6375
Other
Total Enrollment 46
Silver Lake Elementary School
5858 Culver Rd
ZIP: 49684
(231) 933-5760
Primary
Total Enrollment 284
Tcaps Montessori School
1009 South Oak St
ZIP: 49684
(231) 933-5608
Primary
Total Enrollment 328
The Greenspire School
1026 Red Drive
ZIP: 49684
(231) 633-6252
Middle
Total Enrollment 74
West Middle School
3950 Silver Lake Rd
ZIP: 49684
(231) 933-8200
Middle
Total Enrollment 1212
West Senior High
5376 North Long Lake Rd
ZIP: 49684
(231) 933-7500
High
Total Enrollment 1640
Westwoods Elementary School
1500 Fisher Rd
ZIP: 49684
(231) 933-7970
Primary
Total Enrollment 369
Willow Hill Elementary School
1250 Hill St
ZIP: 49684
(231) 933-8540
Primary
Total Enrollment 448
Long Lake Elementary School
7600 N Long Lake Rd
ZIP: 49685
(231) 933-7800
Primary
Total Enrollment 269
Adult Work Center
880 Parsons Rd
ZIP: 49686
(231) 922-6357
High
Total Enrollment 48
Central High School
1150 Milliken Dr
ZIP: 49686
(231) 933-3500
High
Total Enrollment 1494
Cherry Knoll Elementary School
1800 3 Mile Rd N
ZIP: 49686
(231) 933-8940
Primary
Total Enrollment 377
Courtade Elementary School
1111 Rasho Rd
ZIP: 49686
(231) 933-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 309
East Middle School
1776 3 Mile Rd N
ZIP: 49686
(231) 933-7300
Middle
Total Enrollment 860
Eastern Elementary School
1600 Eastern Ave
ZIP: 49686
(231) 933-1660
Primary
Total Enrollment 296
Grand Traverse Academy
1245 Hammond Rd E
ZIP: 49686
(231) 995-0665
Other
Total Enrollment 1203
Old Mission Peninsula School
2699 Island View Rd
ZIP: 49686
(231) 933-7420
Primary
Total Enrollment 165
Tba Isd Oak Park Special Education
301 South Garfield Ave
ZIP: 49686
(231) 933-5683
Other
Total Enrollment 56
Tba Isd Traverse Heights
933 Rose St
ZIP: 49686
(231) 933-5685
Other
Total Enrollment 88
Traverse Bay Area Early College
880 Parsons Rd
ZIP: 49686
(231) 922-6262
Traverse City High School
3962 3 Mile Rd N
ZIP: 49686
(231) 933-5860
Other
Total Enrollment 210
Traverse Heights Elem. School
933 Rose St
ZIP: 49686
(231) 933-6500
Primary
Total Enrollment 223
Woodland School
7224 Supply Rd
ZIP: 49686
(231) 947-7474
Primary
Total Enrollment 201
Montessori At Courtade
1111 Rasho Rd
ZIP: 49696
(231) 933-5800

Traverse City Private Schools

Immaculate Conception Elementary School
218 Vine St
ZIP: 49684
Elementary
Total Enrollment 226
St Francis High School
123 E Eleventh St
ZIP: 49684
Secondary
Total Enrollment 301
The Pathfinder School
11930 S West Bay Shore Dr
ZIP: 49684
Elementary
Total Enrollment 86
Trinity Lutheran School
1003 S Maple St
ZIP: 49684
Elementary
Total Enrollment 99
The Children's House
5363 N Long Lake Rd
ZIP: 49685
Elementary
Total Enrollment 107
Kitchi Minogining Tribal School
845 Business Park Dr
ZIP: 49686
Secondary
Total Enrollment 33
Traverse Bay Mennonite School
915 Carver St
ZIP: 49686
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 31
Traverse City Seventh-day Adventist School
2055b 4 Mile Rd N
ZIP: 49686
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Northwest Michigan House Of Hope
55 S Hope Ridge
ZIP: 49696
Secondary
Total Enrollment 12
Traverse Bay Christian School
1895 Keystone Rd N
ZIP: 49696
Elementary
Total Enrollment 48
Traverse City Christian School
753 Emerson Rd
ZIP: 49696
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 201
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Park Place Hotel between 1890 and 1901
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