Fruitport was founded by Edward L. Craw in 1868, he named it after himself as Crawville. It was renamed Fruitport a year later when the Pere Marquette Railroad built a station there. The town is in the middle of a fertile fruit growing area and also a port. It incorporated as a village in 1891.
The population as of July 2008 was 1,080 people. The median age in Fruitport is 37.9 years. The median household income is $49,506. The racial make-up of the village was 98.04% and a variety of other races make-up the rest of the population. The median age was 38 years old.
The Fruitport School District includes 7 schools that serve 3,360 students in grades PK through 12. The School District spends $8,610 per pupil in current expenditures. The district spends 59% on instruction, 38% on support services and 3% on other elementary and secondary expenditures. The Fruitport School District has 18 students for every full-time equivalent teacher, with the Michigan average being 21 students per full-time equivalent teacher. The Fruitport School District had a grades 9-12 dropout rate of 2% in 2005. 15% of students have an Individualized Education Program. This program is written for special needs services.