Holland, Michigan

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Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is situated near the eastern shore of Lake Michigan on Lake Macatawa, which is fed by the Macatawa River (also known locally as the Black River). The city spans the Ottawa/Allegan county line, with 9.08 square miles (23.52 km2) in Ottawa and the remaining 8.13 square miles (21.06 km2) in Allegan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 35,048[3], with the 2008 census estimate placing the population at 34,076[4] with an Urbanized Area population of 95,394.[5] The city is the largest municipality of the Holland-Grand Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area and the seventh largest metro in the state of Michigan, which has an estimated population of 260,364 as of July 1, 2008.[6] Holland was founded by Dutch Americans, and is in an area that has a large percentage of citizens of Dutch American heritage who live in communities with such Dutch names as Harlem, Zeeland, Vriesland, Drenthe, Groningen and Graafschap. It is home to Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, institutions of the Reformed Church in America.

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