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Traverse City

Grand Traverse County,


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Cherry Capital of the World

The Michigan state capital is Lansing.

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49684, 49685, 49686, 49696

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Statistics & Facts

The population of Traverse City is approximately 14,674 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 6,842 (2000), 6675 (2010).

The amount of land area in Traverse City is 21.8 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Traverse City is 8.4 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.77 sq kilometers.
The distance from Traverse City to Washington DC is 620 miles. The distance to the Michigan state capital is 151 miles. (as the crow flies)
Traverse City is positioned 44.75 degrees north of the equator and 85.60 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Traverse City elevation is 626 feet above sea level.
Traverse City per capita income is $24,115 (2009).
Traverse City median income is $39,327 (2009).

The Traverse City median home price is $180,041 (2009).

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Traverse City location: in northern Michigan along Grand Traverse Bay off Lake Michigan. It is about 119 miles east of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Other nearby communities include: Greilickville, Lake Ann, Kingsley, Elk Rapids, Suttons Bay, Fife Lake, Buckley and Honor.

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Climate & Weather

The climate for Traverse City is moderate with weather affected by both Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay. Because of this tempering of the weather, summers are rather mild and warm. Winters, however, are usually severe. Weather can change abruptly and without much warning. Snow may fall anytime between November and April with possibilities even before and after these months.
Traverse City average annual precipitation is 28.6 inches per year.
Traverse City average annual snowfall is 80 inches per year.
The average low temperature is 36 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 55 degrees F.
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History & History Related Items

Traverse City history:

A Captain Boardman from Illinois bought land here in 1847 and built a home and sawmill near the mouth of the river. They sold the mill in 1851 to another company that enlarged the mill which, in turn, brought new settlers to the community. Mr. Lay, of the new company, attempted to get another post office here. The only one at that time was at Old Mission and was known as Grand Traverse. He wanted to name the new post office Grand Traverse City because that was the name of his new settlement. Because they didn't want a lot of confusion between the two places, the post office asked them to drop the Grand from the name. It was agreed and Traverse City became the new name.

The city is along Grand Traverse Bay which is where the city's name is from. The bay was named by French travelers who made the long crossing of the bay. La grande traverse means long crossing in French.

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The incorporation date of Traverse City: 18 May 1895

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Traverse City attractions:

Con Foster Historical Collection
at the HIstory Center of Traverse City
322 Sixth Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: 231-995-0313

Dennos Museum
1701 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone: 231-995-1055

Learn more about Traverse City at this site.

National Cherry Festival
Held each year in early July with lots of yummy food and much, much more

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