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About Traverse City

Traverse City is located in portions of both Grand Traverse County and Leelanau County within Northern Lower Michigan.   Traverse City is situated on the shores of picturesque East Grand Traverse Bay and West Grand Traverse Bay, which both flow into Lake Michigan.  While Traverse City’s official population is 14,572, and a daytime population of more than twice the official population, it is the hub of a Micropolitan Statistical Area of 143,372.

In 2010 the United States Congress dedicated Traverse City as "A Coast Guard City" for its commitment and support to local Air Station Traverse City, its Coast Guard members and families. As part of this dedication, the City of Traverse City has formed a Coast Guard City Committee to build a greater awareness of the Coast Guard's importance in our community. 

Traverse City has been further recognized for its incredible sense of place by publications including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Bicycling Magazine, Fodors, AOL Travel News, Forbes Magazine, Money Magazine, Good Morning America, National Geographic and many others.

Traverse City serves up the best of two worlds: it offers the mesmerizing outdoor recreational opportunities as well as tremendous cultural and social opportunities often only found in much larger cities.  Traverse City is truly a micropolis – offering residents and visitors the small Midwestern town charm along with cosmopolitan options. 

Traverse City is literally open to the world: with the Cherry Capital Airport, non-stop daily commercial flights to Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis are only moments away.  Seasonal non-stop flights to New York City, Denver, Dallas, Cincinnati and others increase Traverse City’s connectivity to the business and leisure world.  

This page last updated on 11/21/2016.