Ottawa County continues to grow! Check out the latest population data by city and township.

Ottawa Update

May 21, 2020

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Ottawa County Population and Growth Rates

The 2019 population estimates for townships, cities, and villages were released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week.  Some of the Ottawa County highlights are provided below:

  • Since 2010, all local units have continued to gain population.
  • The greatest growth was seen in Allendale (29%), Jamestown (26.5%), Spring Lake (26.1%), and Blendon (17.8%) townships.
  • Between 2018 and 2019, Jamestown Township experienced the greatest population growth (3.5%).

The County population estimates, which were released in March, showed Ottawa County as the fastest growing in the State and the 8th most populous. 

The County Statistics page has been updated to reflect the latest population estimates.

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#OttawaCounts in the 2020 U.S. Census

The 2020 U.S. census count is underway – this once-a-decade headcount informs how approximately $675 billion in funding for more than 100 federal programs are distributed. For Michiganders, this amounts to about $1,800 per person, per year. These funds are used for everyday programs and resources we all rely on, including education; health care and emergency services; redistricting and representation; bridges and roads; and so much more. By filling out the Census, you’re supporting Ottawa County families and communities. The census can be completed online at; by phone at 844.330.2020; or by mail.

For more information, visit Our site features valuable facts, how-tos and frequently asked questions explaining the purpose and benefits of the decennial census. Additionally, handouts in both English and Spanish are available for download for individuals, local units and other community stakeholders to utilize during census collection time.

With an accurate census, #OttawaCounts!