Living in Holland, Mich., can feel like a permanent vacation. Residents enjoy breathtaking beaches overlooking Lake Michigan, a charming downtown and aspects of Dutch culture woven into the landscape. But they spend less than the national average on everyday expenses from groceries and utilities to clothing and homes. Holland’s median household income of $44,619 provides plenty for residents to enjoy the many amenities this city has to offer, making it one of the most affordable places to live.
Among the most popular things to do in Holland is spending a day at the beach on Lake Michigan. While there are several small beaches, the best-known and busiest is Holland State Park. Many residents spend time sailing, kayaking and fishing on both Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. Golfing in Holland is another popular activity, and with 10 courses located in and around the city, there are a range of choices. Approximately one million tourists visit Holland each year during the Tulip Time Festival, the city’s perennial cultural event. Typically held in early May, the event coincides with the blooming of thousands of tulips planted around the town. Many Holland residents attend sporting events at Hope College and root for the West Michigan Whitecaps, a minor league baseball team that plays in nearby Grand Rapids. Downtown Holland is equipped with a snowmelt system that keeps streets and sidewalks clear, allowing residents access to unique shops, restaurants and arts venues throughout the year. Of course, snow is welcomed by the many cross-country skiers and children who love sledding across Holland’s parks and trails during winter months.
While tourism certainly plays a large role in the city's economy, the diverse collection of businesses in Holland helps the community maintain a high standard of living. Among the top employers in Holland are Herman-Miller, Johnson Controls, Perrigo and Gentex. Parents applaud the local school system and efforts community leaders take to make Holland safe and inclusive.