Big Rapids, MI Profile: Facts & Data


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Big Rapids, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Big Rapids had a population of 10,728 as of July 1, 2018. 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 43.6981 and longitude -85.4837 in Mecosta County. The formal boundaries for the City of Big Rapids 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Big Rapids: Big Rabbits Neck.

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


Total Population 10,728
Population in Households 7,869
Population in Familes 3,694
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,859
Population Density2 2,463
Diversity Index3 29


Median Household Income $25,849
Average Household Income $44,277
Per Capita Income $15,680


Total Housing Units 3,814 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,243 (32.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,199 (57.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 372 ( 9.8%)
Median Home Value $114,447
Average Home Value $145,141


Total Households 3,442
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 1,318
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 0.34% 0.34%
Households 0.57% 0.43%
Families -0.03% 0.15%
Median Household Income   2.71%
Per Capita Income   2.11%

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, 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 # 97 86th
Population Density # 105 85th
Diversity Index # 154 78th
Median Household Income # 684 1st
Per Capita Income # 677 2nd

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