Ottawa County enjoys one of the highest qualities of life anywhere, as is reflected in many areas of our community. Our naturally occurring scenic beauty and strong social fabric are partially responsible for attracting not only tourists, but also permanent residents. The attraction to Ottawa County has become so strong that it is now the seventh largest and fastest growing county in Michigan. Ottawa County’s estimated population is currently 296,200 and it is expected to continue to grow.
Ottawa County is comprised of seventeen townships, six cities, and one village. The County has historically enjoyed natural scenic beauty, low crime rates, low taxes, limited government, and an educated citizenry with strong work ethics. The economy is comprised of strong manufacturing and retail components and is enhanced by the largest and most diversified agricultural production rate in the State.
Since 2010, the largest growth was seen in Jamestown (36.9%), Allendale (28.4%), Port Sheldon (22.8%), Blendon (22.7%), and Zeeland (20.4%) townships.