Big Rapids, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Big Rapids, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Big Rapids had a population of 10,863 as of July 1, 2016. Big Rapids ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Big Rapids is located at latitude 43.699 and longitude -85.4797 in Mecosta County. The formal boundaries for the City of Big Rapids (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.36 sq. miles and a water area of 0.12 sq. miles. Mecosta County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 928 feet.

The City of Big Rapids (GNIS ID: 1625934) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Big Rapids population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Big Rapids: Big Rabbits Neck.

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Big Rapids, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 10,863
Population in Households 8,012
Population in Familes 3,892
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,851
Population Density1 2,494
Diversity Index2 28


Total Households 3,512
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 1,366
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,877 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,231 (31.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,281 (58.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 365 ( 9.4%)
Median Home Value $107,326
Average Home Value $125,874


Median Household Income $26,236
Average Household Income $41,323
Per Capita Income $14,856
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.65% 0.47%
Households 1.08% 0.67%
Families 0.54% 0.46%
Median Household Income   -0.7%
Per Capita Income   1.73%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Big Rapids, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Big Rapids to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 94 87th
Population Density1 # 100 86th
Diversity Index2 # 154 78th
Median Household Income # 682 2nd
Per Capita Income # 674 3rd

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