Traverse City, MI Profile: Facts & Data


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Traverse City, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Traverse City had a population of 15,747 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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Traverse City, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 15,747
Population in Households 15,106
Population in Familes 9,922
Population in Group Qrtrs 641
Population Density2 1,891
Diversity Index3 17


Median Household Income $50,499
Average Household Income $70,139
Per Capita Income $32,699


Total Housing Units 7,936 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,418 (55.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,773 (34.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 745 ( 9.4%)
Median Home Value $205,343
Average Home Value $256,636


Total Households 7,191
Average Household Size 2.1
Family Households 3,589
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.86% 0.96%
Households 0.91% 0.98%
Families 0.77% 0.78%
Median Household Income   1.54%
Per Capita Income   1.97%

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, 2018 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 # 151 78th
Diversity Index # 353 49th
Median Household Income # 281 60th
Per Capita Income # 126 82nd

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