West Michigan: 1,000,000
0-19 Yrs: 28.7
20-34 Yrs: 27.7%
35-55 Yrs: 21.9%
55 up: 21.7%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher:
State Average: 24%
National Average: 27%
Right between Chicago and Detroit and twenty minutes from Grand Rapids, Holland has become a popular place to build business, raise a family and retire. Here in Holland, nothing’s too far and nothing’s too close.
Part of one of the nation’s strongest healthcare regions, Holland Hospital (a Thomson Reuters Top 100 hospital) provides experienced specialists, leading-edge technology and exceptional patient care.
With Amtrak connecting us to Chicago, our own small-jet airport, and Ford International Airport nearby we’re well connected to the global economy. Locally, our public bus system gets you where you want to go!
Depending on where you choose to live, Holland is a very walkable town. Some people walk downtown, some to parks, some to restaurants and stores, and some to a combination of those. But others just walk for the sake of walking. We have a Wellness Trail with workout stations for light workouts. Another popular stroll is the Window On the Waterfront, and a brand new boardwalk that goes on and on. Enjoy!
Social, cultural, and economic upheavals in Europe led many to look for new homes in the United States. Groups of Dutch emigrants left the Netherlands beginning in 1846 and settled mainly in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. Those in Western Michigan established the “Holland Kolonie” which became the U.S. center of 19th-century Dutch immigration and conservative Dutch Reformed faith. Holland was founded in 1847.
In the late 1800s, the City of Holland introduced modern services such as telephone, water, electric, gas, and sewer which improved the daily lives of residents. In 1895, local civic leaders established the “Bonus Plan” offering incentives, which attracted manufacturers to Holland. This business-friendly tradition continues today with new business built on new technology and an infrastructure built around supporting new enterprise.
The May 1940 invasion of The Netherlands by Nazi forces halted Dutch immigration to the Holland area for the first time since 1847. Local factories produced a broad range of materials for the war effort while labor shortages brought migrant workers from Texas and Mexico to the Holland area, creating a new, Latino community.
Following World War II, Michigan lost its distinction as the center of Dutch immigration to the United States. Holland’s ethnic Dutch community began to decline in proportion to the area’s overall population. New manufacturing companies with diverse work forces moved to Holland and spearheaded the birth of one of the nation’s most vital and productive manufacturing regions.
Holland’s population grew from 3,000 inhabitants at its Semi-Centennial 1897 to 15,000 at its Centennial in 1947 and surpassed 30,000 in 1997, its Sesquicentennial year.
For more information, please visit the Holland Museum.