Grand Rapids, MI Profile: Facts & Data


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Grand Rapids, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Grand Rapids is the 2nd largest city in Michigan with a population of 202,326 as of July 1, 2018. Grand 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 Grand Rapids is located at latitude 42.9612 and longitude -85.6556 in Kent County. The formal boundaries for the City of Grand Rapids (see map below) encompass a land area of 44.41 sq. miles and a water area of 0.87 sq. miles. Kent County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 640 feet.

The City of Grand Rapids (GNIS ID: 1626373) 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.

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Grand Rapids, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 202,326
Population in Households 194,167
Population in Familes 138,100
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,159
Population Density2 4,556
Diversity Index3 69


Median Household Income $42,135
Average Household Income $57,038
Per Capita Income $22,822


Total Housing Units 85,884 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 42,471 (49.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 35,165 (40.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 8,248 ( 9.6%)
Median Home Value $123,105
Average Home Value $143,999


Total Households 77,636
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 43,124
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.89% 0.91%
Households 0.9% 0.92%
Families 0.61% 0.71%
Median Household Income   3.0%
Per Capita Income   3.23%

Grand Rapids, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Grand Rapids to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 2 100th
Population Density # 23 97th
Diversity Index # 8 99th
Median Household Income # 472 32nd
Per Capita Income # 433 38th

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