Grand Rapids, MI Profile: Facts, Map & 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 201,631 as of July 1, 2017. 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Grand Rapids population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Grand Rapids, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 201,631
Daytime Population: Workers 113,943
Daytime Population: Residents 105,660
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 219,603
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.09
Population in Households 193,513
Population in Familes 139,478
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,118
Population Density2 4,540
Diversity Index3 69


Median Household Income $40,444
Average Household Income $54,748
Per Capita Income $21,948


Total Housing Units 85,507 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 41,548 (48.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 35,839 (41.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 8,120 ( 9.5%)
Median Home Value $118,701
Average Home Value $136,578


Total Households 77,387
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 43,234
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.97% 0.94%
Households 0.98% 0.96%
Families 0.73% 0.77%
Median Household Income   1.28%
Per Capita Income   2.22%

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, 2017 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 # 499 28th
Per Capita Income # 451 35th

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