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 10,614 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Big Rapids: Big Rabbits Neck.

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


Total Population 10,614
Daytime Population: Workers 9,420
Daytime Population: Residents 6,289
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 15,709
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.48
Population in Households 7,755
Population in Familes 3,726
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,859
Population Density2 2,437
Diversity Index3 29


Median Household Income $26,452
Average Household Income $43,134
Per Capita Income $15,316


Total Housing Units 3,780 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,149 (30.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,243 (59.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 387 (10.2%)
Median Home Value $110,965
Average Home Value $134,891


Total Households 3,393
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 1,306
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 0.24% 0.13%
Households 0.45% 0.15%
Families -0.16% -0.12%
Median Household Income   0.98%
Per Capita Income   1.7%

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, 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 # 100 86th
Population Density # 105 85th
Diversity Index # 149 79th
Median Household Income # 684 1st
Per Capita Income # 678 2nd

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