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Ottawa County, Michigan

Ottawa County, Michigan
Seal of Ottawa County, Michigan
Map of Michigan highlighting Ottawa County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded 1837[1]
Named for Ottawa Nation
Seat Grand Haven
Largest city Holland
 • Total 1,631 sq mi (4,224 km2)
 • Land 563 sq mi (1,458 km2)
 • Water 1,068 sq mi (2,766 km2), 65%
Population (est.)
 • (2013) 272,701
 • Density 468/sq mi (181/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .org.miottawawww

Ottawa County is a

  • County of Ottawa
  • Grand Haven & Tri-Cities Alumni
  • "Bibliography on Ottawa County".  

External links

  1. ^ a b c d "Bibliography on Ottawa County".  
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ Data Access and Dissemination Systems (DADS). "American FactFinder". 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  12. ^ "County Health Rankings & Roadmaps". County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. 
  13. ^ "The Association of Religion Data Archives - Maps & Reports". 
  14. ^ "miOttawa - Ottawa County Board of Commissioners". 
  15. ^ "Presidential election of 1864 - Map by counties". 
  16. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - State Data". 
  17. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - State Data". 
  18. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - State Data". 
  19. ^ Ottawa Michigan County Government site
  20. ^ CNN election results for U.S. House: Michigan District 02
  21. ^ CNN election results for Senate
  22. ^ CNN election results for President


See also


Unincorporated communities




In 2012 Republican representative Bill Huizenga,[20] Republican Senatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra,[21] and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney[22] all received over 60% of the county's vote.

2008 election results are as follows: Republican Jack Hoogendyk received 59.08% of Ottawa County's vote in his failed bid against US Senator Carl Levin; Republican Representative Peter Hoekstra received 71.7% of the vote; Republican David Agema received 73.45% in the race for the 74th district; Republican Arlan B. Meekhof received 60.71% in his race for the 89th District; Republican Joseph Haveman received 71.92% in his race for the 90th District; and Holly Hughes received 61.55% in her failed bid against Mary Valentine for the 91st District. No Republican lost any race in the county, and Republicans ran unopposed in several local races. The county voted against stem-cell research, but narrowly favored the legalization of medical marijuana and voted to allow the sales of beer and liquor on Sundays.[19]

In 2000, Bush received 78,703 votes (71.16%) to Democrat Al Gore's 29,600 (26.76%).[18]

In 2004, Republican president John Kerry's 35,552 (27.64%).[17]

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 83,330 votes in the county (61.03% of the total) to Democrat Barack Obama's 50,828 (37.23%), even as Obama carried the state of Michigan by a double-digit margin.[16]

[15] Ottawa County is a stronghold of the


Elected officials

The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.


The Christian Reformed Church in North America was the biggest Christian denomination in the county with 67 churches and 33, 700 members, followed by the Reformed Church in America with 37 congregations and 33,300 members, the Catholic Church had 24,700 members.[13]


The median income for a household in the county was $52,347, and the median income for a family was $59,896. Males had a median income of $42,180 versus $27,706 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,676. About 3.10% of families and 5.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.70% of those under age 18 and 4.90% of those age 65 or over.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks Ottawa County Michigan's second-healthiest county,[12] preceded only by the leisure-oriented Traverse City area.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 11.90% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 20.00% from 45 to 64, and 10.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

The county has numerous seasonal residents during the summer. Port Sheldon Township has many lakefront homes and other inland retreats that serve as summer getaways for residents of Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago. No official statistics are compiled on seasonal residents.

There were 81,662 households out of which 39.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.60% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.90% were non-families. 19.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.25.

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 238,314 people, 81,662 households, and 61,328 families residing in the county. The population density was 421 people per square mile (163/km²). There were 86,856 housing units at an average density of 154 per square mile (59/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.52% White, 1.05% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 2.09% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.48% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. 7.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.3% reported being of Dutch, 14.6% German, 6.2% English, 5.6% Irish and 5.4% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 91.5% spoke only English at home; 5.4% spoke Spanish.

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 263,801 people residing in the county. 90.1% were White, 2.6% Asian, 1.5% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.4% of some other race and 2.0% of two or more races. 8.6% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 31.0% were of Dutch, 14.2% German, 5.8% English and 5.7% Irish ancestry.[10]


Major highways

Adjacent counties

Bodies of water

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,631 square miles (4,220 km2), of which 563 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 1,068 square miles (2,770 km2) (65%) is water.[4]



  • Geography 1
    • Bodies of water 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
    • Major highways 1.3
  • Demographics 2
    • Religion 2.1
  • Government 3
    • Elected officials 3.1
  • Politics 4
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Village 5.2
    • Unincorporated communities 5.3
    • Townships 5.4
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Ottawa County is included in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area.


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