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Holland, Michigan
Nickname(s): The Tulip City
Location of Holland within Ottawa County, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
Counties Ottawa, Allegan
 • Mayor Kurt Dykstra (R)
 • City 17.35 sq mi (44.94 km2)
 • Land 16.59 sq mi (42.97 km2)
 • Water 0.76 sq mi (1.97 km2)
Elevation 662 ft (202 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 33,051
 • Estimate (2012) 33,279
 • Density 1,992.2/sq mi (769.2/km2)
 • Urban 95,394
 • Metro 264,910
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 49422-49424
Area code(s) 616,269
FIPS code 26-38640
GNIS feature ID 0628421
Census Pop.
1870 2,319
1880 2,620 13.0%
1890 3,945 50.6%
1900 7,790 97.5%
1910 10,490 34.7%
1920 12,183 16.1%
1930 14,346 17.8%
1940 14,616 1.9%
1950 15,858 8.5%
1960 24,777 56.2%
1970 26,337 6.3%
1980 26,281 −0.2%
1990 30,745 17.0%
2000 35,048 14.0%
2010 33,051 −5.7%
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  • Loading - Each of your belongings is labeled, inventoried and loaded in a systematic process. Additionally, all upholstered furniture is wrapped in stretch wrap, a strong, clear plastic that completely covers the furniture, protecting it from dirt and damage.
  • Transportation - All of our trailers are equipped with air-ride suspension systems to ensure the contents travel in the safest manner possible. All trucks are driven by professional household movers with the best training in the industry.
  • Unloading - Upon arrival, all items are inventoried as they are unloaded. When unloading, furniture, boxes and other belongings are placed in the rooms you designate. Assembly of beds, bookcases and other furniture is available upon request. Additionally, our household movers will protect your new home by using several types of floor runners to prevent stains or scratches on carpet and wood flooring.
Holland MI 49423
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From the moment we called and talked to Rose Moving they were professional and obviously knew what would be needed to made this "winter" move easier on us.  Communication up to and after the move was excellent.  The movers themselves knew how to make sure nothing was broken and arrived exactly on schedule.  They moved our baby grand piano and did an unbelievable job!  We felt like we had made new friends that cared about our move as much as we did by the time it ended.  Thanks for everything!
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Holland (Get Moves Cost for Holland, MI) is a coastal city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is situated near the eastern shore of Lake Michigan on Lake Macatawa, which is fed by the Macatawa River (formerly known locally as the Black River).

The city spans the Ottawa/Allegan (Allegan, Michigan Movers) county line, with 9.08 square miles (23.52 km2) in Ottawa and the remaining 8.13 square miles (21.06 km2) in Allegan (Allegan, Michigan Relocation). As of the 2010 census, the population was 33,051, with an Urbanized Area population of 95,394.

The city is the largest municipality of the Holland-Grand Haven (Grand Haven, MI Relocation Companies) Metropolitan Statistical Area and the seventh largest metro area in the state of Michigan, with a population of 264,910 as of the 2010 census. Holland was founded by Dutch Americans, and is in an area that has a large percentage of citizens of Dutch American heritage.

It is home to Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, institutions of the Reformed Church in America.


Holland (Get Move Prices for Holland, MI) was settled in 1847 by Dutch Calvinist separatists, under the leadership of Dr. Albertus van Raalte, who were escaping from persecution in the Netherlands.

Van Raalte took the land due to its proximity to the Black River where it streamed to Black Lake (now Lake Macatawa) which, in turn, led to Lake Michigan. At the time, the land was inhabited by the Ottawa people who had been on the lake for hundreds of years.The native people moved north, under pressure from new Illness brought from the settlers.

In Holland's early history, Van Raalte was a spiritual leader, as well as overseeing political, educational and financial matters. In 1847 Van Raalte established a congregation of the Reformed Church in America, which would later be called the First Reformed Church of Holland. On March 25, 1867, Holland was incorporated as a city with Isaac Cappon being the city's first mayor. The city suffered a major fire on October 8–9, 1871, the same time as the Great Chicago Fire in Illinois and the very deadly Peshtigo Fire in Wisconsin. Because of the Great Michigan Fire (which included the Port Huron (Port Huron, MI Moving Reviews) Fire of 1871), Manistee and Port Huron (Port Huron, Michigan Movers), Michigan also burned at the same time.

Dutch settlements in Michigan.

Holland (Get Moving Prices for Holland, MI) was known as the "City of Churches." There are 170 churches in Holland (Get Movers Cost for Holland, MI), many of which are with the Reformed Church in America and Christian Reformed Church in North America denominations. The city is the home to the church that started the trend of the "What Would Jesus Do?" bracelets in 1989. In 1987, a 23-year-old City Council member Phil Tanis was elected mayor of Holland (Get Moving Prices for Holland, MI), becoming its youngest mayor while he was still a Hope College student.


Tulip beds in downtown

The city is perhaps best known for its Dutch heritage, which serves not only as a part of the city's cultural identity, but the local economy as well: the Tulip Time Festival in May and various Dutch-themed attractions augment the nearby Lake Michigan shoreline in attracting thousands of tourists annually.

The Holland (Get Move Estimate for Holland, MI) Museum contains exhibits about the city's history. Another, the Cappon House Museum, was built in 1874 and is a historic museum that once housed the first mayor of Holland (Get Movers Prices for Holland, MI), Dutch immigrant Isaac Cappon. The Settlers House Museum, a building that survived the great fire, contains furnishings and relics from the 19th Century.

Holland (Get Moves Quote for Holland, MI) Harbor Light near Holland (Get Moves Cost for Holland, MI), Michigan.

Holland (Get Moving Quote for Holland, MI)'s downtown is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The "Snowmelt Project" established pipes transporting warm water from the nearby power plant to travel underneath downtown with the purpose of clearing the streets and sidewalks in the downtown area of any snow. Nearby Holland (Get Moving Cost for Holland, MI) State Park is a Michigan State Park.

Across the channel is the Holland (Get Relocation Quote for Holland, MI) Harbor Light, known as "Big Red", a lighthouse in Michigan. De Zwaan, an original 250-year-old Dutch windmill, is situated on Windmill Island, a municipal park. Its height is 125 feet (38 m) with 40-foot (12 m) sails. Holland (Get Moves Estimate for Holland, MI) boasts an annual Fiesta, organized by Latin Americans United for Progress, usually on the Saturday closest to May 5 (Cinco de Mayo). Holland (Get Relocation Estimate for Holland, MI) is also host to the annual Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival, which is held to celebrate the Latino contribution to the culture. Holland (Get Relocation Prices for Holland, MI) is home to the world's largest pickle factory. The H.J. Heinz Company has operated the factory at the same location since 1897 and currently processes over 1 million pounds of pickles per day during the green season. Holland (Get Moving Quote for Holland, MI) was the birthplace of Slashdot, an influential early Internet weblog created by Hope College student Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda. CNN Money named Holland (Get Move Prices for Holland, MI) as one of the top five places to retire in 2006.

In 2010, Holland (Get Moves Estimate for Holland, MI) was ranked the 2nd healthiest/happiest town in the United States by the Well-being Index.


Tulips line the streets
Sign welcoming visitors
Lake Michigan beach at Holland (Get Relocation Estimate for Holland, MI) State Park

Each May Holland (Get Movers Cost for Holland, MI) hosts an annual Tulip Time Festival. Tulip planting and the festival began in 1930 when 250,000 tulips were planted for the event. Currently six million tulips are used throughout the city. Tulips are planted along many city streets, in city parks and outside municipal buildings as well as at tourist attractions like Dutch Village, the city-owned Windmill Island Gardens, and at a large tulip farm named Veldheer Tulip Gardens. It is normally held the second week of May, right when the numerous tulips planted around the town are blooming. Cruise ships such as the Yorktown from the Great Lakes Cruising Company make Holland (Get Relocation Cost for Holland, MI) a port of call.

About one million tourists visit Tulip Time each year, for which the community finds innovative ways to enhance self-funded projects. It has been ranked as America's third largest town festival and was named Reader's Digest's best small town festival. The Tulip Time Festival has attracted big name acts in recent years such as: Christina Aguilera in 2000, O-Town in 2001, The Verve Pipe in 2004, and Jars of Clay in 2006. Ed McMahon visited Tulip Time in 2007 along with Bobby Vinton.

Holland (Get Relocation Estimate for Holland, MI) is on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. Scattered along the shoreline are many public beach accesses. The best known are Holland (Get Move Estimate for Holland, MI) State Park and Tunnel Park. Smaller beaches along Lake Michigan are present but not well marked. Public accesses are frequent along dead-end streets bordering the shoreline.

Riley Trails consists of approximately 10 acres (40,000 m2) of public land about 3 country blocks west of the Riley St. and Butternut Dr. intersection. Trail maps mark the entrance and features four routes (A, B, C, and V—V). The park also features a large pond.

The city's major shopping district is centered around Westshore Mall on the north side of town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.35 square miles (44.94 km2), of which, 16.59 square miles (42.97 km2) is land and 0.76 square miles (1.97 km2) is water.


A graph showing the age distribution of Holland (Get Moves Prices for Holland, MI), MI

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 33,051 people, 12,021 households, and 7,593 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,992.2 inhabitants per square mile (769.2 /km2). There were 13,212 housing units at an average density of 796.4 per square mile (307.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.0% White, 3.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 9.2% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.7% of the population.

There were 12,021 households of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.8% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the city was 31.7 years. 24% of residents were under the age of 18; 16.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 21% were from 45 to 64; and 13.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.


The City of Holland utilizes a council/manager form of government. The day-to-day operations of the city are under the supervision of the City Manager and his/her staff. The City Manager is responsible for selecting all department heads, preparation of the budget and supervision of all employees through his/her appointments. The city manager serves at the direction of the Mayor and city council which are elected positions. The current city manager is Ryan Cotton, former village manager of Spring Lake (Spring Lake, MI Relocation), Michigan, who was appointed on Feb. 9 2012 by the council to replace retiring Sorenn Wolff, who announced his plans in the spring of 2011 and stepped down in September. Wolff served as the city manager since 1988, and as assistant city manager in the mid 1970s. The current assistant city manager is Greg Robinson. When Wolff announced his intentions to retire, Robinson was named interim city manager until Cotton was appointed to replace him.

Holland (Get Moving Estimate for Holland, MI)'s city charter requires a mayor and eight city council members. The Mayor serves a two-year term, while two "at large" council members and six "ward" council members each serve four-year terms.

The current Mayor is Kurt D. Dykstra, recently elected in 2009 to replace long-serving mayor, Albert H. McGeehan. Prior to becoming Mayor, Dykstra was a five-year member of the Holland City Council, representing the city's fifth ward. He is a partner at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, a Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Michigan Moving Companies), Michigan-based law firm. He earned his juris doctorate from Marquette University Law School and received his bachelor's degree from Northwestern College, in Orange City, Iowa, graduating magna cum laude.

  • City council members as of April 2012 are:
    • At-Large - Wayne (Wayne, MI Relocation Companies) Klomparens
    • At-Large - Nancy DeBoer
    • Ward 1 - Myron Trethewey
    • Ward 2 - Jay Peters
    • Ward 3 - Brian Burch
    • Ward 4 - Robert VandeVusse
    • Ward 5 - Todd Whiteman
    • Ward 6 - David Hoekstra


Higher level academic institutions
  • Hope College, a private four-year liberal arts college
  • Western Theological Seminary a graduate and professional school
  • Grand Valley State University has a campus in Holland (Get Relocation Prices for Holland, MI). The land was donated to the GVSU by the Meijer family.
  • Davenport University has a Regional campus in Holland (Get Moving Cost for Holland, MI)
Public schools
Private schools


The city is serviced by two public airports, the recreational Park (Park, Michigan Moving Companies) Airport (IATA: HLM, ICAO: KHLM), and the larger, corporate and charter jet West Michigan Regional Airport (IATA: BIV, ICAO: KBIV). Neither facility is served by regularly scheduled commercial carriers; the nearest airport with airline service is Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Michigan Moving Company), Michigan, about 35 miles northeast. The city also is served by regularly scheduled Amtrak service (the Pere Marquette (Marquette, MI Relocation Company)) east to Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Michigan Moving Reviews) and west to Chicago with connections to all points east and west.

The city and surrounding area is served by the MAX (Macatawa Area Express) transportation system, which offers both on-demand and high-speed bus service, linking different parts of the city as well as commercial, medical and government locations outside the city. This service evolved from the former "Dial-A-Ride Transportation" (DART) system.

The city is served by the following highways:

  • I-196 (Gerald R. Ford Freeway)
  • BL I-196
  • US 31
  • M-40
  • A-2

The channel between Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan allows pleasure craft and commercial boats, even bulk freighters, to access Holland (Get Relocation Cost for Holland, MI)'s docks to unload coal, salt and iron scrap.




  • WHTC - Holland (Get Relocation Prices for Holland, MI)'s Hometown Station 1450 AM Station
  • WYVN - Holland (Get Move Estimate for Holland, MI)'s Home for Classic Hits 92.7FM
  • WTHS - Hope College Radio Station 89.9FM
  • - The Lakeshore's Music Station
  • WTNR - Thunder 94.5 New Country
  • WMAX - ESPN Radio 96.1FM
  • WOOD - News, weather, traffic 1300 AM and 106.9 FM


Fine Arts




Logo Club Sport League Venue Championships
Holland (Get Moves Prices for Holland, MI) Blast Basketball International Basketball League Holland (Get Relocation Prices for Holland, MI) Civic Center None
Hope College Flying Dutchmen football College football Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Ray and Sue Smith Stadium

Sister cities

  • Mexico Querétaro, Mexico
  • Flag of the Netherlands.svg Groningen, Netherlands

Notable residents

  • L. Frank Baum (d. 1919), author, wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, while summering in the resort community of Macatawa.
  • Brian D'Amato, American author (Beauty, In the Courts of the Sun and its sequel The Sacrifice Game) and sculptor
  • Kirk Cousins, Former Michigan State University starting quarterback, currently is an NFL quarterback for the Washington (Washington, MI Movers) Redskins
  • Robert Danhof, jurist
  • Max DePree, writer; industrialist; former CEO of Herman Miller, Inc.
  • Gerrard Wendell Haworth (d. 2006), founded office furniture manufacturer Haworth Company.
  • Pete Hoekstra, U.S. Congressman from Michigan's 2nd Congressional District, 1993-2011; chairman of House Intelligence Committee, 2004-2007.
  • Alex Koroknay-Palicz, youth rights advocate
  • Paul de Kruif (d. 1971), science writer (Microbe Hunters, etc.) retired to Holland (Get Movers Estimate for Holland, MI), where he died
  • Mike O'Brien, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Great Lakes project director for Bluewater Wind.
  • Rob Malda, founder of Slashdot
  • Lisa McMann, young adult fiction writer
  • James Michael, lead singer (Sixx:A.M.) and producer; co-wrote "Rest in Pieces" by Saliva
  • A. J. Muste, a Dutch-born American clergyman and political activist who attended Hope College.
  • David Myers, psychologist, author
  • Milton J. Nieuwsma, author, Emmy-winning filmwriter-producer
  • Erik Prince, founded Blackwater USA
  • Ron Schipper (d. 2006), college football coach; member of College Football Hall of Fame
  • Herman Stegeman (d. 1939), varsity coach and athletics director at the University of Georgia at Athens (Athens, Michigan Relocation Company) (UGA)
  • Sufjan Stevens, singer-songwriter; attended Hope College, details the city in the song "Holland (Get Movers Quote for Holland, MI)" on his 2003 concept album, Michigan
  • Charles Symmonds, U.S. Army general
  • Matt Urban (d. 1995), U.S. Army Lieutenant Colon (Colon, MI Moving Company)el, WWII - received 29 combat decorations and the Medal of Honor
  • Mary Jeanne van Appledorn, composer, pianist, and educator
  • Andy Van Hekken, professional baseball player
  • Brian Vander Ark, lead singer (The Verve Pipe)
  • Hopwood Depree, founder of Tic Tock Studios, which helped produce the film "Virginia" starring Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelley. He is also one of the founders of the Waterfront Film Festival.

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