Holland is one of the absolute best places to live in Michigan. Young and old alike enjoy living here for the vibrant downtown, family- and faith-oriented communities, and beautiful beaches. You will never run out of things to do in Holland!
Holland is the largest city in Ottawa County, will a population of 33,137 in the 2020 Census (an increase of of 0.26% since 2010).
Top 5 Reasons We Love Holland
1. Culture and Festivities
Settled by Dutch Americans and known as the “city of churches”, Holland has rich traditions including, perhaps most notably, the annual Tulip Time Festival. Around 1 million visitors experience this festival every first week of May. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the 6 million tulips planted throughout the city! Be sure to check out De Zwwan, the 250-year old windmill from the Netherlands, on Windmill Island!
Holland is also home to Hope College where community members can enjoy a variety of art exhibition, music/theatre performances, and sporting events.
Holland also hosts the Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival every year to celebrate Latino culture.
2. Vibrant Downtown
In the words of my mother, downtown Holland is “SO cute!” Who wouldn’t agree? 8th Street is home to many local shops including hip coffee joints, modern breweries, local restaurants, as well as sporting goods, apparel, and furniture stores. There is something for everyone! Some of my favorites are New Holland Brewing, The Seasoned Home, Good Earth Cafe, Velo City Cycles, and Gezellig.
Holland is truly alive in every season of the year, but do you want to know the best thing about shopping in winter? The 8th Street Business District has heated sidewalks. Bye-bye, snow! Winter shopping in Michigan doesn’t get better than this!
3. Recreation Opportunities Abound
Feeling sporty? Whether it’s biking, sailing, kayaking (or SUP), hiking, or cross country skiing, there are almost endless possibilities to tap into your adventure side in the Holland area.
The best outdoor locations in Holland:
“Big Red” Lighthouse
Boating on Lake Macatawa
Holland State Park
Lake Macatawa Access Points (kayak park)
Pigeon Creek (Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Sledding etc.)
Riley Trails and other Bike Routes
Stu Visser Trails
Van Raalte Farm (Trails)
Window on the Waterfront
4. Growing Community & Job Opportunity
The Holland Metro area is growing! Ottawa County is known as the manufacturing capital of the Midwest, and the Holland metro area often boasts some of the lowest unemployment rates in the state of Michigan. Many young graduates make their move to the west side of the state (after all, I did too!) and many choose Holland, in particular, to raise their family.
5. Great Schools
The Holland/Zeeland area is home to many highly rated schools. Having been in many different area schools in my undergraduate secondary education studies, I can tell you firsthand the schools here are some of the best! (PS – I’m a math teacher gone Realtor – that’s why I love number crunching in my real estate career! Can’t you tell?? I especially love analyzing numbers for West Michiganders in my market update videos, here.) Anyway, I digress! Check out some of the area schools and see for yourself!
Zeeland Christian (Pre-8th)
Holland Christian (Pre-12th)
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