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The United States of America is a country in North America that extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and shares land borders with Canada and Mexico. The United States is a federal constitutional republic, with its capital in Washington, D.C., District of Columbia.
Grand Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is the county seat of Ottawa County6. The city is located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Grand River, for which it is named. As of the 2000 census, Grand Haven population was 11,168. The city is located just north of Grand Haven Charter Township but is politically independent.
The city was first called Grand Haven in 1835 and the community was incorporated as a city in 1867. The first permanent resident was Presbyterian minister William Ferry, who founded the first area church.
Grand Haven is home to the United States coast guard's group grand haven which coordinates all Lake Michigan Coast Guard activities. The first Coast Guard presence in the city was in 1932. The city hosts the annual coast guard festival which draws U.S. and Canadian vessels along with parades of bands and other activities. The yearly attendance for this event exceeds 100,000 people over the 2 week period of the festival. Grand Haven is also official designated as coast guard city, USA by an act of Congress signed by President Clinton. The act was Public Law 105-383 enacted by the United States Congress and signed by the president on November 13, 1998. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.2 square kilometers. 15.0 square kilometers of it is land and 4.1 square kilometers of it is water.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.1 percent under the age of 18, 9.2 percent from 18 to 24, 27.6 percent from 25 to 44, 23.4 percent from 45 to 64, and 19.6 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. It enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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