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Welcome to Traverse City ...

The city of Traverse City is primarily located in Grand Traverse County<1> and is the County Seat for Grand Traverse County. A portion of Traverse City extends into Leelanau County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Traverse City has a population of 15,738 people<2> (see below for details).

Traverse City was established in 1847.

The community of Traverse City is 610 feet [186 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Traverse City lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Traverse City lies within the (231) area code.

The ZIP codes for Traverse City: 49684-49686, 49696<4>

Websites for Traverse City ...

Official Website:   www.ci.traverse-city.mi.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.tcchamber.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Traverse City had an population of 15,738 people. This is an increase of 7.25% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 8.3% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Traverse City had a population of 14,674 people (or 16.87% of the total population of Grand Traverse County). This makes Traverse City the county's most populous community.

The population of Traverse City represents 0.15% of the population of Michigan (which has 9,883,640 people), making it the state's 65th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 14,674 people, the population of Traverse City has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 14,532 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Traverse City.

Communities near Traverse City ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Traverse City.

  • Kingsley [Grand Traverse County]
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    • Kingsley [Grand Traverse County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the south of Traverse City
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,625 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kingsley have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kingsley
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kingsley<7>
  • Elk Rapids [Antrim County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elk Rapids
    • Elk Rapids [Antrim County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the northeast of Traverse City
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,615 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elk Rapids
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elk Rapids<7>
  • Buckley [Wexford County]
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    • Buckley [Wexford County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the south of Traverse City
    • Estimated population in 2019: 718 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buckley have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buckley
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buckley<7>
  • Suttons Bay [Leelanau County]
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    • Suttons Bay [Leelanau County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the north of Traverse City
    • Estimated population in 2019: 619 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Suttons Bay have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Suttons Bay
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Suttons Bay<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Fife Lake [Kalkaska County]
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      • Fife Lake [Kalkaska County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the southeast of Traverse City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 480 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fife Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fife Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fife Lake<7>
    • Lake Ann [Benzie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Ann
      • Lake Ann [Benzie County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the west of Traverse City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 271 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Ann have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Ann
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake Ann<7>
    • Acme [Grand Traverse County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Acme
      • Acme [Grand Traverse County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the east of Traverse City
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Acme have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acme
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Acme<7>
    • Grawn [Grand Traverse County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grawn
      • Grawn [Grand Traverse County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the southwest of Traverse City
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grawn have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grawn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Grawn<7>
    • Bingham [Leelanau County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bingham
      • Bingham [Leelanau County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the north of Traverse City
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bingham have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bingham
    • Devils Elbow [Grand Traverse County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Devils Elbow
      • Devils Elbow [Grand Traverse County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the southeast of Traverse City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Devils Elbow

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Traverse City. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Traverse City.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Traverse City. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Traverse City.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Traverse City. Our list includes 20 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Traverse City.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Traverse City ...

Looking for more information about Traverse City? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Traverse City, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Traverse City.

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About Grand Traverse County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Traverse City: www.ci.traverse-city.mi.us/

The official website for Grand Traverse County: www.grandtraverse.org/

The official website for State of Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Michigan's counties, including Grand Traverse, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Traverse City.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Traverse City - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Traverse City). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Traverse City or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Traverse City includes: 49684, 49685 & 49686.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Traverse City) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Traverse City. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Traverse City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Traverse City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.7629, Longitude: -85.6211    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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