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Table 1-Historic Population City of Ferrysburg and Area, 1960-2000


The following table shows the population growth of area jurisdictions between 1960 to 2000.

Sources: U.S. Bureau of the Census

The historic population growth data indicate that the rate of population growth in the City since 1990 (about 2 persons/year).


Population projections to the year 2020 were recently prepared for area municipalities by the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission. These projections, shown in Table 2, anticipate that the City's population will continue to grow at a rate of about 4 percent per year.

Table 2 - Population Projections
City of Ferrysburg and Area

Sources: 1990 Census and 2000 Census: US Census Bureau
Projections: West Michigan Regional Planning Commission Draft Projections, 2000


Table 3 summarizes change in the number of housing units and average household size in the City, between 1990 and 2000. Average household size declined significantly in the decade, from 2.54 persons per household to 2.31, a 9.1% decline. The City experienced a comparably larger reduction in average household size from 1990 - 2000 than did Ottawa County (City -.23 persons; County - .09 persons).

It appears that average household size may be stabilizing for the County as a whole but continuing a slow trend of reduction for the Cities within the County. Using Ottawa County data, the rate of decline in persons per household slowed markedly for the period 1990 - 2000 (-.09 persons) when compared to the 1980 - 1990 period (-.14 persons). The significant decline experienced in the City will continue due to the population shift toward older age groups and as younger families with children move toward the surrounding townships.

The data also shows significant growth in the number of seasonal housing units in the City, from 77 seasonal units in 1990 to 186 in 2000. These figures indicate that seasonal residents are continuing to become a much more significant component of the City's population over the past 10 years

Source: 1990 and 2000 Census of Population and Housing , U.S. Bureau of the Census

Table 4 provides 1990 and 2000 household size for the City and other communities in the Tri-Cities area. A comparison of persons per household within the City to nearby communities reveals household size in the City in 2000 was considerably lower than for the townships in the area and the County as a whole. Only the Village of Spring Lake and the City of Grand Haven had household size averages lower than that of the City of Ferrysburg .
Source: 1990 & 2000 Census of Population and Housing , U.S. Bureau of the Census

Data from the 2000 Census shows that the age makeup of the City population did become more heavily weighted toward older age groups (over 45 years in age) between 1990 and 2000, when compared to the figures from Ottawa County and the State overall. Table 5 provides data on change in the age distribution of the City population between 1990 and 2000, while Table 6 compares the City's age distribution to that of other area communities, the County and the State.
Table 5 - City of Ferrysburg - Age Distribution, 1990 and 2000

Source: 1990 and 2000 Census of Population and Housing, U.S. Bureau of the Census
Table 6 - Age Distribution - City of Ferrysburg, Ottawa County and Michigan, 2000

Source: U.S. Census, 2000, West Michigan Regional Planning Commission Draft Projections
Ensuring that recreation facilities are accessible to persons of all levels of physical ability is an important community goal. Data concerning the number of persons with physical disabilities is an important consideration in programming facility needs. The 2000 Census provides information concerning the disability status of the elderly and of persons in the work force. Of 1,785 persons aged 21 to 64 years (persons of working age), 13.2% had a work disability. Among the 413 residents age 65 years and older, 37.8%, or 156 persons, had a mobility limitation. The total number of persons age 5 or over with a mobility limitation is therefore in the range of 437 persons. Information concerning the incidence of disability in the under 5 years in age population is not available.

These figures underscore the importance of making recreation facilities, particularly those likely to be used by the elderly, accessible to persons with mobility limitations. Care should be taken in the design of waterfront boardwalks and overlooks, for example, to ensure that they meet the needs of such persons.
City of Ferrysburg, 2000

Source: 1990 US Census


Table 8 shows that a majority of the population in the City of Ferrysburg is white (99%). Only 0.2 percent of the total population was of Spanish origin in 1990. The percentage of whites is somewhat higher than for Ottawa County and significantly higher than that for the State of Michigan . There is, however, a considerable seasonal increase in the Hispanic population in the area, due primarily to the influx of migrant workers who come to the area to assist in the agricultural harvest.

Table 8 - Population by Race
City of Ferrysburg, Ottawa County and Michigan, 2000

Source: 2000 Census of Population, U.S. Bureau of the Census

City residents earned a median household income of $53,662 in 2000, according to the 2000 Census. This amount is slightly higher than the corresponding figure for Ottawa County overall, at $52,347 per household. However, per capita income was significantly higher in the City in 2000, compared to the County overall, at $31,254 versus $21,676.

The City had a lower incidence of poverty in 1999 than found in the County overall (5.5%), with 3.5% of families having incomes below poverty level in 1999, according to the 2000 Census.