What you need to know about Traverse City, MI

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.   



Up by 4.54%
the armed sloop "Welcome" from Traverse City. A replica of a 1745 Great Lakes British ship, she is owned and maintained by the Maritime Heritage Alliance
Why Traverse City, MI, Is a Best Small Town
Residents enjoy varied economy, good education, a top hospital
A woman rides a skateboard as she's pulled by a dog along the pier in Traverse City.
6 Things to Do in Traverse City, MI
Top restaurants, recreation, kid’s activities among options

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Median Home Price

Higher than the state average


Homes Owned 61.97%
61.97% Complete
Homes Rented 38.03%
38.03% Complete

Real Estate

In Traverse City, Michigan

Ready to move to Traverse City? There are a variety of housing options in the area. Click below to learn about the recent trends, average home values and even a few current real estate listings in Traverse City.


In Traverse City, Michigan

The quality of a school district is often a top factor for parents considering where to live. Strong school systems attract new residents and help their cities prosper. See how Traverse City rates.

Median Household Income

Lower than the national average


In Traverse City, Michigan

Being a great place to live and being a great place to work often go hand-in-hand. Here’s what the business and employment climate is like in Traverse City.


Most residents are
55-64 Years old


In Traverse City, Michigan

Access to quality hospitals, doctors and health-care providers is just part of what makes a healthy community. Here’s how to get and stay healthy in Traverse City.


Bachelor’s Degree 41%
41% Complete
Graduated High School 95%
95% Complete

Traverse City, MI's Rankings

Top 10 Winter Vacation Cities 2012
Top 10 Cities For Book Lovers 2010
Top 10 Staycation Cities 2012
Top 10 Foodie Cities 2012