Traverse City, MI: What you need to know

Traverse City, the Cherry Capital of the World, is the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States. This Top 100 Small Town also has a thriving wine industry, award-winning restaurants and plenty to do. Tourism is one of the city's largest industries, and activities include seasonal recreation and festivals, and the popular Sleeping Bear Dunes draws in more than a million visitors annually.   

  • Artisan Culture in Traverse City

    "For nearly a century artists, craftsmen and musicians have made their homes in and around Traverse City, giving this small community a surprisingly rich cultural life and providing almost endless opportunities for shopping and browsing in the region’s many galleries and studios. Traverse City’s picturesque, tree-shaded downtown has over 150 unique galleries, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants, but lots of people come just to enjoy the ambience and do a bit of people-watching." 

    -Michael Norton, Media Relations Director for the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Traverse City, MI City Profile

Quick Facts

Population 15,168
Median Age 40
Median Household Income $47,284
Median Home Price $185,500

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Residents enjoy varied economy, good education, a top hospital

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Traverse City, MI Demographics

Population By Gender

  Male 48.1%
  Female 51.9%

in Traverse City , MI

Median Population

Median Age 40.1%
Age 18 Over 80.4%
Age 21 Over 77.1%
Age 62 Over 19.8%
Age 65 Over 16.2%


  Ethnicity White 95%
  Ethnicity Black 1.5%
  Ethnicity Asian 0.8%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 3.1%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.5%
  Ethnicity Other 0.4%


  Median Household Income $47,284
  Median Home Price $185,500
  Homes Owned 38.5%
  Homes Rent 61.5%
  Median Property Rent $808


  English Only 96.4%
  English Other 3.6%

in Traverse City , MI

Commute Types

  Walked 7.5%
  Worked at Home 5.5%
  Public Transportation 1.2%
  Other Means 5.5%
  Drove Alone 72.4%
  Carpooled 7.8%