The “Tri-Cities” area has experienced significant economic and population growth over the last 25 years. A significant and growing employment center in its own right, the area is also within commuting distance of employment centers in the Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland areas. The City of Ferrysburg is situated in an attractive setting, with an abundance of land fronting on water, and in the midst of the towering wooded dunes of the Lake Michigan shoreline. The City’s waterfront lands serve a variety of uses – from manufacturing and marine shipping terminals, to waterfront condominiums and public parks. The natural resources of the area, in combination with the many educational, employment and cultural opportunities in the West Michigan region, make the City of Ferrysburg an attractive residential community, as witnessed by the recent growth in the City’s housing stock.
As of the 2000 census, the City’s total population count is 3,040 persons. The City of Ferrysburg, as did Ottawa County as a whole, grew in population between 1990 and 2000. This population growth is due to a variety of factors, including economic and employment growth, availability of vacant residential land in the City, high-quality schools and relatively low housing costs. Another reason, perhaps most important, is the abundance of water-based recreation opportunities and the beautiful natural setting provided by Spring Lake, the Grand River and Lake Michigan.