Traverse City, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Traverse City, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Traverse City had a population of 15,682 as of July 1, 2017. Traverse City ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Traverse City is located at latitude 44.7543 and longitude -85.603 in Grand Traverse County. The formal boundaries for the City of Traverse City (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.33 sq. miles and a water area of 0.33 sq. miles. Grand Traverse County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 597 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Traverse City are located in Grand Traverse County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Leelanau County.

The City of Traverse City (GNIS ID: 1627171) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Traverse City population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Traverse City, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 15,682
Daytime Population: Workers 25,918
Daytime Population: Residents 6,829
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 32,747
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 2.09
Population in Households 14,965
Population in Familes 9,985
Population in Group Qrtrs 717
Population Density2 1,884
Diversity Index3 16


Median Household Income $48,968
Average Household Income $67,747
Per Capita Income $31,502


Total Housing Units 7,853 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,056 (51.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,059 (39.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 739 ( 9.4%)
Median Home Value $188,746
Average Home Value $233,997


Total Households 7,114
Average Household Size 2.1
Family Households 3,570
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.92% 0.96%
Households 0.88% 0.96%
Families 0.8% 0.79%
Median Household Income   0.91%
Per Capita Income   1.55%

Traverse City, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Traverse City to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 70 90th
Population Density # 152 78th
Diversity Index # 352 50th
Median Household Income # 289 58th
Per Capita Income # 126 82nd

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