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Ottawa County, Michigan (MI)

County population in 2017: 286,383 (80% urban, 20% rural); it was 238,314 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 51,690
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 21,613
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 65,968
Renter-occupied apartments: 20,472 (it was 15,694 in 2000)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

28%

Land area: 566 sq. mi.

Water area: 1066.3 sq. mi.

Population density: 506 people per square mile   (high).

March 2019 cost of living index in Ottawa County: 84.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (28.3%), Educational, health and social services (18.5%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 68%
  • Government: 1%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 31%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Ottawa County, MI (2017)
    • 239,893100.7%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 27,79011.7%Hispanic or Latino
    • 7,6693.2%Asian alone
    • 5,2822.2%Two or more races
    • 4,0211.7%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1,3500.6%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 3780.2%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

35.2 years
Michigan median age:

39.8 years
Males: 141,410  (49.4%)
Females: 144,973  (50.6%)
Average household size:
Ottawa County:

2.0 people
Michigan:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $68,543 ($52,347 in 1999)
This county:

$68,543
Michigan:

$54,909

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $795 (lower quartile is $651, upper quartile is $1,005)
This county:

$795
State:

$693


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $190,500 (it was $128,800 in 2000)
Ottawa:

$190,500
Michigan:

$155,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $141,000 - $266,200

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $243,856
Here:

$243,856
State:

$200,684

Townhouses or other attached units: $193,595
Here:

$193,595
State:

$176,879

In 2-unit structures: $201,159
Here:

$201,159
State:

$141,485

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $231,039
Here:

$231,039
State:

$149,303

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $162,758
Here:

$162,758
State:

$150,425

Mobile homes: $59,003
Here:

$59,003
State:

$52,615

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,229
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $467

Institutionalized population: 1,227

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 140
  • Robberies: 24
  • Assaults: 152
  • Burglaries: 733
  • Thefts: 2107
  • Auto thefts: 150

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 127
  • Robberies: 19
  • Assaults: 175
  • Burglaries: 747
  • Thefts: 2161
  • Auto thefts: 154
Ottawa County, MI map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1549 buildings, average cost: $128,600
  • 1998: 1615 buildings, average cost: $131,100
  • 1999: 1697 buildings, average cost: $139,600
  • 2000: 1520 buildings, average cost: $139,400
  • 2001: 1598 buildings, average cost: $140,700
  • 2002: 1601 buildings, average cost: $157,500
  • 2003: 1706 buildings, average cost: $164,900
  • 2004: 1706 buildings, average cost: $164,700
  • 2005: 1696 buildings, average cost: $161,700
  • 2006: 1204 buildings, average cost: $152,400
  • 2007: 749 buildings, average cost: $191,200
  • 2008: 460 buildings, average cost: $184,500
  • 2009: 361 buildings, average cost: $195,800
  • 2010: 395 buildings, average cost: $182,800
  • 2011: 471 buildings, average cost: $181,800
  • 2012: 622 buildings, average cost: $196,300
  • 2013: 809 buildings, average cost: $218,300
  • 2014: 843 buildings, average cost: $228,000
  • 2015: 971 buildings, average cost: $238,000
  • 2016: 1158 buildings, average cost: $250,100
  • 2017: 1235 buildings, average cost: $232,500
Number of permits per 10,000 Ottawa, MI residents
Average permit cost in Ottawa, MI
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,590 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $2,427 (1.3%)

Distribution of median household income in Ottawa, MI in 2017
Distribution of house value in Ottawa, MI in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Ottawa, MI in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 8.8%
Ottawa County:

8.8%
Michigan:

14.2%
(8.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 27.7% for Black residents, 15.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 6.5% for American Indian residents, 53.8% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 9.1% for other race residents, 14.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 35.2 years old
(Males: 34.3 years old, Females: 36.0 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 38.2 years old, Black residents: 23.9 years old, American Indian residents: 35.5 years old, Asian residents: 33.4 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26.1 years old, Other race residents: 22.6 years old)

Area name: Holland-Grand Haven, MI MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Ottawa County is $541 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $649 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $898 a month.

Cities in this county include: Holland, Jenison, Allendale, Grand Haven, Hudsonville, Zeeland, Coopersville, Ferrysburg, Beechwood, Spring Lake.

Ottawa County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

2018 air pollution in Ottawa County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.032 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Knox County, Maine , Green County, Wisconsin , Lincoln County, Idaho , Minidoka County, Idaho , Jackson County, South Dakota .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.0%
Michigan:

4.4%

Unemployment by year in Ottawa, MI
County total employment by year in Ottawa, MI
County average yearly wages by year in Ottawa, MI

Current college students: 18,166
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 92.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 34.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 16,051 (54.1% naturalized citizens)

Ottawa County:

5.6%
Whole state:

7.1%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 4,8782010 or later
  • 4,2512000 to 2009
  • 3,4941990 to 1999
  • 3,6091980 to 1989
  • 1,2561970 to 1979
  • 2,519Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 62.4%

Ottawa County marital status for males Ottawa County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 75,881
  • One, attached: 6,462
  • Two: 2,640
  • 3 or 4: 3,517
  • 5 to 9: 4,054
  • 10 to 19: 3,415
  • 20 to 49: 2,100
  • 50 or more: 2,823
  • Mobile homes: 8,159

Housing units in Ottawa County with a mortgage: 55,659 (1,031 second mortgage, 7,403 home equity loan, 154 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 27,176

Here:

67.1% with mortgage
State:

60.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Ottawa County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant71,034194
Mainline Protestant41,59764
Catholic24,71011
Other1,84512
None124,615-
Ottawa County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 35
Ottawa County:

1.35 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 6
Here:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 16
This county:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 58
Ottawa County:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 134
This county:

5.18 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Ottawa County:

8.3%
Michigan:

9.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Ottawa County:

26.1%
State:

29.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

10.7%
State:

13.4%

Agriculture in Ottawa County:

Average size of farms: 128 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $214,952
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1371.50
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 40.71%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 40.61%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $172,818
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 72.61%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 11.21%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $85,231
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 82.73%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 24.52
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 31.50%
Corn for grain: 41254 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 3644 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 23439 harvested acres
Vegetables: 3,602 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 3,952 acres

Earthquake activity:

Ottawa County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Michigan state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 324.3 miles away from Ottawa County center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 266.6 miles away from the county center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 306.2 miles away from the county center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 186.8 miles away from the county center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 300.0 miles away from Ottawa County center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 345.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Michigan Flooding, Incident Period: April 16, 2013 to May 15, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4121: June 18, 2013, FEMA Id: 4121, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Michigan Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 06, 2008 to July 13, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1777: July 14, 2008, FEMA Id: 1777, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Michigan Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3225: September 07, 2005, FEMA Id: 3225, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Michigan Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: May 20, 2004 to June 08, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1527: June 30, 2004, FEMA Id: 1527, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Michigan Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 11, 2000 to December 31, 2000, Emergency Declared EM-3160: January 10, 2001, FEMA Id: 3160, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Michigan Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 02, 1999 to January 15, 1999, Emergency Declared EM-3137: January 27, 1999, FEMA Id: 3137, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Michigan Severe Storms And Straight-Line Winds, Incident Period: May 29, 1998 to May 31, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1226: June 24, 1998, FEMA Id: 1226, Natural disaster type: Storm, Wind
  • Michigan SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: September 10, 1986 to October 10, 1986, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-774: September 18, 1986, FEMA Id: 774, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Michigan SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: September 08, 1980, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-631: September 08, 1980, FEMA Id: 631, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Michigan Blizzards and Snowstorms, Incident Period: January 27, 1978, Emergency Declared EM-3057: January 27, 1978, FEMA Id: 3057, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Blizzard
  • 4 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Ottawa County (14) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 8, Floods: 7, Tornadoes: 4, Snowstorms: 2, Winds: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Ottawa

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 110,903 (79.3%)
  • Carpooled: 17,012 (12.2%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 896 (0.6%)
  • Ferryboat: 43 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 848 (0.6%)
  • Bicycle: 892 (0.6%)
  • Walked: 2,703 (1.9%)
  • Worked at home: 6,572 (4.7%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Manufacturing (15%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Manufacturing (17%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Production occupations (17%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (6%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Architecture and engineering occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (20%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (35%)
  • Laos (7%)
  • India (4%)
  • Korea (4%)
  • Cuba (4%)
  • Netherlands (4%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Ottawa County


  • Dutch (36%)
  • German (9%)
  • American (6%)
  • English (3%)
  • Polish (3%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • European (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Ottawa County, Michigan in 2000:

  • 5,057 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,599 people in nursing homes
  • 917 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 544 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 282 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 177 people in other group homes
  • 83 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 42 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 25 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 16 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 12 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 9 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 9 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 5 people in military barracks, etc.

People in group quarters in Ottawa County, Michigan in 2010:

  • 5,885 people in college/university student housing
  • 765 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 345 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 329 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 322 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 266 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 136 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 98 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 80 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 35 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $77,481.

6.43% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($56,002 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.43%
Michigan average:

5.43%


0.02% of residents moved from foreign countries ($179 average AGI)
Ottawa County:

0.02%
Michigan average:

0.03%

4.97% relocated from other counties in Michigan ($41,457 average AGI)
1.45% relocated from other states ($14,366 average AGI)
Ottawa County:

1.45%
Michigan average:

1.59%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Kent County, MI  2.23% ($59,021 average AGI)
from Allegan County, MI  0.80% ($45,252)
from Muskegon County, MI  0.63% ($49,258)
from Kalamazoo County, MI  0.11% ($56,148)
from Cook County, IL  0.09% ($80,677)
from Oakland County, MI  0.09% ($72,323)
from Wayne County, MI  0.09% ($71,630)


6.33% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($52,549 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.33%
Michigan average:

5.69%


0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($211 average AGI)
Ottawa County:

0.03%
Michigan average:

0.04%

4.81% relocated to other counties in Michigan ($39,282 average AGI)
1.49% relocated to other states ($13,056 average AGI)
Ottawa County:

1.49%
Michigan average:

1.85%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Kent County, MI  2.18% ($48,138 average AGI)
to Allegan County, MI  0.86% ($52,279)
to Muskegon County, MI  0.73% ($52,859)
to Cook County, IL  0.09% ($36,253)
to Kalamazoo County, MI  0.08% ($37,299)
to Oakland County, MI  0.08% ($63,839)
to Wayne County, MI  0.07% ($66,632)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.3
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 12.7

Births per 1000 population in Ottawa County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 6.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 6.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Ottawa County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.2

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Ottawa County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 11.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 3.8%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Ottawa County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Ottawa County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Ottawa County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Ottawa County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Ottawa County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Ottawa County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 32,531 (28,239 aged, 4,292 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 2,579 (3%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Ottawa County, Michigan in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,315)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1,305)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,237)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,064)
  • Unspecified dementia (1,024)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (947)
  • Congestive heart failure (894)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (835)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (830)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (691)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 5%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.19
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4,671
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 111
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 25,036

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,328
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 603
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 46
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 68

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 13
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 77.0. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 28.1
  • Suffocation - 25.8
  • Poisoning - 20.7
  • Other - 2.3

Household type by relationship:

Households: 286,383
  • In family households: 237,552 (42,617 male householders, 30,854 female householders)
    61,397 spouses, 85,162 children (79,513 natural, 1,130 adopted, 4,519 stepchildren), 4,786 grandchildren, 2,081 brothers or sisters, 1,727 parents, 2,596 other relatives, 6,332 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 38,900 (13,405 male householders (10,105 living alone)), 17,405 female householders (14,442 living alone)), 8,090 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 9,931

Size of family households: 31,669 2-persons, 13,578 3-persons, 15,194 4-persons, 7,654 5-persons, 3,727 6-persons, 1,649 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 24,547 1-person, 4,739 2-persons, 728 3-persons, 693 4-persons, 52 5-persons, 51 7-or-more-persons.

53,451 married couples with children.
9,008 single-parent households (2,067 men, 6,941 women).

89.5% of residents of Ottawa speak English at home.
6.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (63% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (81% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
2.0% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (58% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (66% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $913,905,000 ($3,622 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $83,822,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $442,357,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $155,134,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,282,000
Federal grants: $120,206,000
Federal procurement contracts: $157,131,000 ($75,259,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $34,795,000 ($558,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $133,825,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $97,614,000
Federal Government insurance: $93,292,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 18,474
Here:

72 per 1000 residents
State:

68 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 7,842
Here:

31 per 1000 residents
State:

45 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +1,947
Here:

+8 per 1000 residents
State:

+12 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +4,832
Here +19 per 1000 residents
State -16 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Ottawa County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 40.70 millions of gallons per day (1% from ground, 99% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.8
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.4

Year house built in Ottawa County, Michigan
  • Year house built in Ottawa County, Michigan
  • 3,8792014 or later
  • 2,3282010 to 2013
  • 16,1372000 to 2009
  • 22,8321990 to 1999
  • 15,4981980 to 1989
  • 17,4281970 to 1979
  • 8,3471960 to 1969
  • 8,2171950 to 1959
  • 4,1181940 to 1949
  • 10,2671939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Ottawa County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Ottawa County, Michigan
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Ottawa County, Michigan
  • 01 room
  • 2182 rooms
  • 1,5153 rooms
  • 6,0124 rooms
  • 12,5145 rooms
  • 16,4976 rooms
  • 14,3217 rooms
  • 11,3738 rooms
  • 20,3859+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Ottawa County, Michigan
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Ottawa County, Michigan
  • 1,1521 room
  • 1,0992 rooms
  • 4,4333 rooms
  • 5,7714 rooms
  • 3,3455 rooms
  • 2,5396 rooms
  • 1,2237 rooms
  • 9718 rooms
  • 9139+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Ottawa County, Michigan
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Ottawa County, Michigan
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Ottawa County, Michigan
  • 0no bedroom
  • 1,2811 bedroom
  • 11,2792 bedrooms
  • 39,9833 bedrooms
  • 21,9634 bedrooms
  • 8,3295+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Ottawa County, Michigan
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Ottawa County, Michigan
  • 1,152no bedroom
  • 4,4791 bedroom
  • 9,5102 bedrooms
  • 3,9403 bedrooms
  • 1,9254 bedrooms
  • 4405+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Ottawa County, Michigan in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Ottawa County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Ottawa County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 1,985no vehicle
  • 16,7101 vehicle
  • 40,2132 vehicles
  • 16,0603 vehicles
  • 5,8774 vehicles
  • 1,9905+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Ottawa County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Ottawa County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 3,627no vehicle
  • 8,9251 vehicle
  • 7,4312 vehicles
  • 7703 vehicles
  • 6254 vehicles
  • 685+ vehicles

83.1% of Ottawa County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 34% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 79% lived in Michigan.

Ottawa County:

83.1%
State average:

85.8%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 220,496
  • Other state: 47,827
  • Northeast: 6,323
  • Midwest: 21,474
  • South: 12,694
  • West: 7,336
Year householders moved into unit in Ottawa County, MI
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Ottawa County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 86.4%Utility gas
  • 5.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 4.5%Electricity
  • 1.8%Wood
  • 0.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.5%Other fuel
  • 0.2%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 71.4%Utility gas
  • 19.2%Electricity
  • 3.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.8%Other fuel
  • 1.5%No fuel used
  • 0.7%Wood
  • 0.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 5,874
Here:

19.9%
Michigan:

10.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,816
Here:

11.2%
Michigan:

8.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5,088
Here:

21.2%
Michigan:

15.3%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Ottawa County government finances - Expenditure in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $12,495,000
    Sewerage: $11,255,000
    Parks and Recreation: $642,000
    Solid Waste Management: $353,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $21,449,000
    Sewerage: $16,054,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $49,927,000
    Regular Highways: $29,441,000
    Police Protection: $18,146,000
    General - Other: $17,403,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $16,881,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $11,082,000
    Water Utilities: $10,544,000
    Correctional Institutions: $9,192,000
    Sewerage: $6,768,000
    Central Staff Services: $3,758,000
    General Public Buildings: $3,732,000
    Financial Administration: $3,301,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,937,000
    Solid Waste Management: $667,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $9,549,000
    Highways: $5,943,000
    Health and Hospitals: $5,791,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,579,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $11,833,000
    Highways: $10,204,000
    Health and Hospitals: $92,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $169,210,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $158,359,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $63,549,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $52,699,000
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $4,272,000
    Special Assessments: $3,273,000
    General Revenue - Other: $2,116,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,007,000
    Interest Earnings: $567,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $69,000
    Sale of Property: $17,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks and Recreation: $1,493,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $97,356,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $11,255,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $404,000
    End of Fiscal Year: $250,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $40,880,000
    Highways: $24,185,000
    Health and Hospitals: $5,024,000
    General Local Government Support: $4,680,000
    Other: $4,171,000
  • Tax - Property: $44,487,000
    Other License: $864,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $443,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $49,960,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $4,692,000

Ottawa County government finances - Revenue in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $12,495,000
    Sewerage: $11,255,000
    Parks and Recreation: $642,000
    Solid Waste Management: $353,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $21,449,000
    Sewerage: $16,054,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $49,927,000
    Regular Highways: $29,441,000
    Police Protection: $18,146,000
    General - Other: $17,403,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $16,881,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $11,082,000
    Water Utilities: $10,544,000
    Correctional Institutions: $9,192,000
    Sewerage: $6,768,000
    Central Staff Services: $3,758,000
    General Public Buildings: $3,732,000
    Financial Administration: $3,301,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,937,000
    Solid Waste Management: $667,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $9,549,000
    Highways: $5,943,000
    Health and Hospitals: $5,791,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,579,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $11,833,000
    Highways: $10,204,000
    Health and Hospitals: $92,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $169,210,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $158,359,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $63,549,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $52,699,000
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $4,272,000
    Special Assessments: $3,273,000
    General Revenue - Other: $2,116,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,007,000
    Interest Earnings: $567,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $69,000
    Sale of Property: $17,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks and Recreation: $1,493,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $97,356,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $11,255,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $404,000
    End of Fiscal Year: $250,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $40,880,000
    Highways: $24,185,000
    Health and Hospitals: $5,024,000
    General Local Government Support: $4,680,000
    Other: $4,171,000
  • Tax - Property: $44,487,000
    Other License: $864,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $443,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $49,960,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $4,692,000

Ottawa County government finances - Debt in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $12,495,000
    Sewerage: $11,255,000
    Parks and Recreation: $642,000
    Solid Waste Management: $353,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $21,449,000
    Sewerage: $16,054,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $49,927,000
    Regular Highways: $29,441,000
    Police Protection: $18,146,000
    General - Other: $17,403,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $16,881,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $11,082,000
    Water Utilities: $10,544,000
    Correctional Institutions: $9,192,000
    Sewerage: $6,768,000
    Central Staff Services: $3,758,000
    General Public Buildings: $3,732,000
    Financial Administration: $3,301,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,937,000
    Solid Waste Management: $667,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $9,549,000
    Highways: $5,943,000
    Health and Hospitals: $5,791,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,579,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $11,833,000
    Highways: $10,204,000
    Health and Hospitals: $92,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $169,210,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $158,359,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $63,549,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $52,699,000
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $4,272,000
    Special Assessments: $3,273,000
    General Revenue - Other: $2,116,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,007,000
    Interest Earnings: $567,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $69,000
    Sale of Property: $17,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks and Recreation: $1,493,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $97,356,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $11,255,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $404,000
    End of Fiscal Year: $250,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $40,880,000
    Highways: $24,185,000
    Health and Hospitals: $5,024,000
    General Local Government Support: $4,680,000
    Other: $4,171,000
  • Tax - Property: $44,487,000
    Other License: $864,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $443,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $49,960,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $4,692,000

Ottawa County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016:

  • Charges - Other: $12,495,000
    Sewerage: $11,255,000
    Parks and Recreation: $642,000
    Solid Waste Management: $353,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $21,449,000
    Sewerage: $16,054,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $49,927,000
    Regular Highways: $29,441,000
    Police Protection: $18,146,000
    General - Other: $17,403,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $16,881,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $11,082,000
    Water Utilities: $10,544,000
    Correctional Institutions: $9,192,000
    Sewerage: $6,768,000
    Central Staff Services: $3,758,000
    General Public Buildings: $3,732,000
    Financial Administration: $3,301,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,937,000
    Solid Waste Management: $667,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $9,549,000
    Highways: $5,943,000
    Health and Hospitals: $5,791,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,579,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $11,833,000
    Highways: $10,204,000
    Health and Hospitals: $92,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $169,210,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $158,359,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $63,549,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $52,699,000
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $4,272,000
    Special Assessments: $3,273,000
    General Revenue - Other: $2,116,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,007,000
    Interest Earnings: $567,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $69,000
    Sale of Property: $17,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks and Recreation: $1,493,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $97,356,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $11,255,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $404,000
    End of Fiscal Year: $250,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $40,880,000
    Highways: $24,185,000
    Health and Hospitals: $5,024,000
    General Local Government Support: $4,680,000
    Other: $4,171,000
  • Tax - Property: $44,487,000
    Other License: $864,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $443,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $49,960,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $4,692,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 2,187
  • Number of aged recipients: 168
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 2,019
  • Number of recipients under 18: 428
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,456
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 303
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 796
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 985
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 35 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,012$120,1021,243$136,5287,502$152,493257$64,6428$659,375448$191,14182$38,049
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED71$103,845102$116,206637$159,43634$28,5590$036$233,19436$38,139
APPLICATIONS DENIED192$110,073205$115,5271,808$161,879162$33,6361$298,000130$155,32366$44,439
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN98$116,337116$134,6291,215$154,64557$51,0180$058$123,79314$70,071
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS33$107,81842$142,333357$159,6867$63,4290$024$139,2084$55,250
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 35 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED213$141,582240$166,5792$242,500
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED72$177,347103$171,1944$135,250
APPLICATIONS DENIED45$156,24471$173,2254$169,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN23$149,95731$182,9680$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS4$197,5004$135,5000$0
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Ottawa, MI
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Ottawa, MI - Value
Most common first names in Ottawa County, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1,41078.8 years
William69676.6 years
Henry61579.9 years
Robert59471.8 years
Mary54779.5 years
James48472.3 years
George44278.4 years
Margaret39082.4 years
Gertrude38483.3 years
Anna37684.0 years
Most common last names in Ottawa County, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith21777.0 years
Johnson20878.1 years
Devries15081.0 years
Vandyke11776.9 years
Mulder11379.1 years
Cook11076.4 years
Miller10775.7 years
Brown10575.5 years
Timmer10479.2 years
Dykstra10380.0 years
Businesses in Ottawa County, MI
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Long John Silver's1
ALDI2Lowe's1
AT&T2Marriott2
Ace Hardware3MasterBrand Cabinets26
Advance Auto Parts5Maurices1
Aeropostale1Mazda1
Applebee's2McDonald's12
Arby's5Meijer4
AutoZone5Menards1
Barnes & Noble1Microtel1
Bath & Body Works1New Balance3
Bed Bath & Beyond1Nike13
Best Western2Nissan1
Blockbuster5OfficeMax1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Old Navy1
Burger King12Panera Bread2
CVS1Papa John's Pizza3
Carson Pirie Scott1Payless2
Chevrolet4Penske3
Chico's1Pier 1 Imports1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Pizza Hut7
Cold Stone Creamery2Qdoba Mexican Grill1
ColorTyme1Quality1
Comfort Inn1Quiznos1
Curves5RadioShack2
DHL2Red Robin1
Dairy Queen2Rite Aid4
Days Inn2Rodeway Inn2
Decora Cabinetry4Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Dennys1Sam's Club1
Discount Tire1Sears1
Domino's Pizza1Shoe Carnival1
FedEx24Sleep Inn1
Ford2Sprint Nextel10
GNC5Staples2
GameStop2Starbucks7
Gap1Steak 'n Shake1
Goodwill1Subway20
H&R Block11Super 81
Haworth1T-Mobile5
Hilton2T.J.Maxx1
Hobby Lobby1Taco Bell7
Holiday Inn2Talbots1
Home Depot2Target2
Honda1Tim Hortons1
Hyundai1Toyota1
IHOP1True Value1
JCPenney1U-Haul7
Jimmy John's1UPS49
JoS. A. Bank1Vans1
Jones New York6Verizon Wireless2
KFC3Victoria's Secret1
Knights Inn1Volkswagen1
Kohl's1Walgreens7
La-Z-Boy1Walmart2
Lane Furniture6Wendy's4
Little Caesars Pizza7YMCA1

Ottawa County on our top lists:

  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"