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Walker, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Walker had a population of 24,658 as of July 1, 2020. Walker ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Walker is located at latitude 43.0014 and longitude -85.7681 in Kent County. The formal boundaries for the City of Walker encompass a land area of 24.94 sq. miles and a water area of 0.54 sq. miles. Kent County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 748 feet.

The City of Walker (GNIS ID: 1627209) 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Walker: Walker Grand Trunk.

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Walker, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 24,658 (100%)
Population in Households 24,343 (98.7%)
Population in Families 18,613 (75.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 315 ( 1.3%)
Population Density 1,003
Diversity Index2 28
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $59,969
Average Household Income $81,130
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $33,410
Wealth Index5 84
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 10,887 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,299 (57.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,834 (35.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 754 ( 6.9%)
Median Home Value $186,108
Average Home Value $200,191
Housing Affordability Index3 172
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 10,133
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 6,060
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.45% 0.99%
Households 0.44% 0.9%
Families 0.22% 0.76%
Median Household Income   1.47%
Per Capita Income   2.03%
Owner Occupied HU   0.66%

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Walker, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Walker to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 49 93rd
Population Density # 326 53rd
Median Household Income # 188 73rd
Housing Affordability Index # 127 18th
Per Capita Income # 160 77th
Diversity Index # 165 76th

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