Traverse City, Michigan Population 2020

15,785

Traverse City is a city located in Michigan. With a 2020 population of 15,785, it is the 62nd largest city in Michigan and the 2236th largest city in the United States. Traverse City is currently growing at a rate of 0.43% annually and its population has increased by 7.57% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 14,674 in 2010. Traverse City reached it's highest population of 18,432 in 1960. Spanning over 9 miles, Traverse City has a population density of 1,896 people per square mile.

The average household income in Traverse City is $79,477 with a poverty rate of 12.25%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $888 per month, and the median house value is $240,100. The median age in Traverse City is 42.4 years, 40.1 years for males, and 45.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.4 males.

Traverse City is a city located in the state of Michigan. It is located in Grand Traverse County, where it serves as the county seat, but is also part of Leelanau County. The city is also a popular tourist destination and has been named one of the best places in the U.S. to retire. By population, Traverse City is the largest city in Northern Michigan.

Traverse City Population Growth

Traverse City has grown slowly but steadily, although there have been declining population figures in recent years. The city first surpassed 10,000 residents at the time of the 1920 census. By the 1960s, the city was well on its way to 20,000 residents when the population dropped by over 2% according to the 1970 poll. The population only continued to fall, showing the most significant decline at the 1980 census when the total number dropped to 15,516. The population fell again at the 1990 census, then again at the next 10-year census. Recent estimates, however, show that the population is slowly growing again, reflecting a 5.5% increase over the figures recorded in 2010.

The Ojibwe and Ottawa tribes were the original inhabitants of what is now Traverse City. Europeans arrived in the area during the 18th century. The first permanent settlement along the Grand Traverse Bay was originally called Grand Traverse and was established in 1839.

A man from Illinois purchased land along the Boardman River in 1847. That same year, a sawmill was constructed, which was later sold in 1851. Hannah, Lay & Co made the purchase and invested in the sawmill, drawing in new settlers. The following year, a new post office was established, and a new settlement was created, named Grand Traverse City. The post office suggested changing the name to Traverse City, which was implemented immediately.

Traverse City saw growth in the years ahead with the introduction of rail service in the 1870s. As the area became more populated, Traverse City was incorporated as a village in 1891, then incorporated as a city a few years later. Throughout the 1900s, the city continued to grow. Many national magazines and multiple newspapers are printed in Traverse City. The city is also the largest producer of tart cherries and hosts the National Cherry Festival, which brings in about half a million tourists each year. Other attractions also bring in more visitors, including vineyards, beaches, and skiing areas. The city also features multiple shopping malls, retailers, wineries and professional sports teams, and even a local film festival available.

In recent years, Traverse City has been named as one of the top small travel destinations in the U.S., as well as one of the best places in the country for retirement.

Traverse City Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Traverse City was:

  • White: 92.71%
  • Two or more races: 2.53%
  • Black or African American: 1.94%
  • Native American: 1.91%
  • Asian: 0.54%
  • Other race: 0.32%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Traverse City, Michigan is 15,785, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 15,651.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 14,674.

Traverse City, Michigan Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020152,4001,2430.82%
2019151,1571,2430.82%
2018149,9141,2430.83%
2017148,6713760.25%
2016148,2954670.31%
2015147,8285370.36%
2014147,2911,0760.73%
2013146,2151,2100.83%
2012145,0056890.48%
2011144,3169730.67%
2010143,3430.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White14,34692.71%
Two or More Races3922.53%
Black or African American3001.94%
American Indian and Alaska Native2961.91%
Asian830.54%
Some Other Race500.32%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander70.05%

Traverse City Population Pyramid 2020

Traverse City Median Age

42.4


Total

40.1


Male

45.4


Female

Traverse City Adults

There are 12,739 adults, (3,277 of whom are seniors) in Traverse City.

Traverse City Age Dependency

63.5

Age Dependency Ratio

34.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Traverse City Sex Ratio

Female

7,879

50.92%

Male

7,595

49.08%

Traverse City Households and Families

Traverse City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Traverse City Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married80.7%19.3%
All61.7%38.3%
Female53%47%
Non Family48.4%51.6%
Male40.4%59.6%

61.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All6,8482.1461.7
Non Family3,1731.2148.4
Married2,8042.8880.7
Female6113.2553
Male2603.0140.4

2.81

Average Family Size

2.14

Average Household Size

6.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Traverse City Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1010.88%
9th to 12th Grade2792.43%
High School Graduate2,18319.04%
Some College2,49821.79%
Associates Degree1,26211.01%
Bachelors Degree3,08626.92%
Graduate Degree2,05417.92%

Traverse City Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White10,84310,4754,945
Native American20419940
Black17416723
Hispanic10010043
Multiple Races969665
Asian464624
Other Race4343
Islander777

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,094$35,868$29,987
Less Than High School$$$
High School Grad$20,225$21,171$17,533
Some College$31,689$35,874$27,704
Bachelors Degree$39,201$47,784$31,491
Graduate Degree$48,125$64,583$42,614

$32,094

Average Earnings

$35,868

Average Male

$29,987

Average Female

Traverse City Language

Traverse City Language by Age

Traverse City Language

96.70% of Traverse City residents speak only English, while 3.30% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 1.92% of the population.

Traverse City Poverty

Traverse City Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White13,7061,68612.30%
Black2267332.30%
Native2795118.28%
Multiple39230.77%

12.25%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.20%

Male Poverty Rate

8.49%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Traverse City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Traverse City is Black, with 32.30% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Traverse City is Multiple, with 0.77% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.59%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.15%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.33%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School39.24%
High School17.61%
Some College14.73%
Bachelors or Greater5.79%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed41.98%
Male Unemployed23.35%
Male Employed11.29%
Female Employed8.31%

Traverse City Income

Traverse City Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$53,871$79,477
Families$79,178$107,632
Married Families$90,588-
Non Families$29,600$43,476

Traverse City Marital Status

Traverse City Marital Status

Marriage Rates

44.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.8%

Male Marriage Rate

42.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Traverse City Married by Age and Sex

Traverse City Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Traverse City Marital Status by Race

Traverse City Veterans

903

Number of Veterans

819

Male Veterans

84

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam293
World War II125
First Gulf War96
Korea95
Second Gulf War62
Age Group Veterans
75+298
65 to 74249
55 to 64174
35 to 54151
18 to 3431
Name Veterans % of Total
White8527.07%
Indian4119.52%
Black73.29%
2 or More32.17%

$Traverse City Veterans by Education

16.01%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.96%

Veteran Disability Rate

Traverse City Employment Status

64.7%

Labor Force Participation

61.5%

Employment Rate

4.9%

Unemployment Rate

Traverse City Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

74.42%

Born in Michigan

98.07%

Native Born

1.93%

Foreign Born

0.72%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

98.07% of Traverse City residents were born in the United States, with 74.42% having been born in Michigan. 0.72% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202015,785670.43%
201915,718670.43%
201815,6511561.01%
201715,495670.43%
201615,4281050.69%
201515,3231310.86%
201415,1921440.96%
201315,048850.57%
201214,963950.64%
201114,8681511.03%
201014,7171850.13%
200014,532-623-0.42%
199015,155-361-0.24%
198015,516-2,532-1.50%
197018,048-384-0.21%
196018,4321,4580.83%
195016,9742,5191.62%
194014,4551,9161.43%
193012,5391,6141.39%
192010,925-1,190-1.03%
191012,1152,7082.56%
19009,4075,0548.01%
18904,3530.00%