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.   

Top100_BeerCities_2015
Top 10 Small Towns 2016
Why Traverse City, MI, Is a Best Small Town
Residents enjoy varied economy, good education, a top hospital
6 Things to Do in Traverse City, MI
Top restaurants, recreation, kid’s activities among options
Traverse City, MI is a Terrific Winter City
Traverse City, MI is known for its beaches each summer, but winter brings other great reasons to visit this lakeside resort town.
Traverse City, MI Schools Offer Parents Plenty of Choices
Learn more about the great education options in this lakeside town.

Population

15,006
Up by 4.54%
Traverse City MI
4 Reasons to Move to Traverse City, MI
Traverse City was named our 2016 Best Small Town in America, and here are four reasons why.
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

Nearby Cities

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

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
Traverse City, MI Schools
Traverse City, MI Schools Offer Parents Plenty of Choices
Learn more about the great education options in this lakeside town.

Housing

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.
Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant Near Traverse City, MI
Traverse City, MI Restaurants To Dine For
Restaurants in Traverse City, MI include Boathouse Restaurant, the Radish, and more.

Median Home Price

$173,300
Higher than the state average

Schools

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

$47,836
Lower than the national average

Business

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.

Residents

Most residents are
55-64 Years old

Health

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.

Education

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

Traverse City, MI's Livability Rankings

Top100_BeerCities_2015
Top 10 Small Towns 2016
Top 10 Winter Vacation Cities 2012
Top 10 Cities For Book Lovers 2010
Top 10 Staycation Cities 2012
Top 10 Foodie Cities 2012

More About Traverse City, MI

4 Reasons to Move to Traverse City, MI
Traverse City was named our 2016 Best Small Town in America, and here are four reasons why.
Why Traverse City, MI, Is a Best Small Town
Residents enjoy varied economy, good education, a top hospital
6 Things to Do in Traverse City, MI
Top restaurants, recreation, kid’s activities among options
Traverse City, MI is a Terrific Winter City
Traverse City, MI is known for its beaches each summer, but winter brings other great reasons to visit this lakeside resort town.
Traverse City, MI Schools Offer Parents Plenty of Choices
Learn more about the great education options in this lakeside town.
Traverse City, MI Restaurants To Dine For
Restaurants in Traverse City, MI include Boathouse Restaurant, the Radish, and more.