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Population (year 2000): 10,849. Estimated population in July 2005: 10,704 (-1.3% change)
Males: 5,668 (52.2%), Females: 5,181 (47.8%)

Zip code:

Median resident age: 21.8 years
Median household income: $20,192 (year 2000)
Median house value: $75,400 (year 2000)

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Races in Big Rapids:

  • White Non-Hispanic (82.4%)
  • Black (10.6%)
  • Two or more races (2.3%)
  • Hispanic (1.8%)
  • American Indian (1.2%)
  • Asian Indian (0.5%)

Ancestries: German (23.7%), Irish (11.3%), English (8.1%), Polish (6.4%), Dutch (4.6%), French (4.3%).Rapids, Michigan

Elevation: 282 feet

Land area: 4.2 square miles

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For population 25 years and over in Big Rapids

  • High school or higher: 87.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 31.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 13.3%
  • Unemployed: 24.5%
  • Mean travel time to work: 13.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Big Rapids city

  • Never married: 47.4%
  • Now married: 40.1%
  • Separated: 0.7%
  • Widowed: 4.3%
  • Divorced: 7.5%

3.5% Foreign born (1.8% Asia, 0.6% Africa, 0.6% Europe, 0.4% North America).

Population change in the 1990s: -1,475 (-12.0%).


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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rapids, MI Grand (52.5 miles pop. 197,800).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: WI Milwaukee, (175.8 miles pop. 596,974).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: IL Chicago, (198.3 miles pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: MI (8.5 miles Stanwood, MI (10.8 miles Hersey, City, MI (12.3 miles Reed Lakes, MI (14.5 miles Canadian MI (14.6 miles Morley, MI (18.0 miles Mecosta, MI (20.5 miles Evart, City, MI (20.9 miles Howard


Single-family new house construction building permits:
  • 1996: 2 buildings, average cost: $54,500
  • 1997: 2 buildings, average cost: $110,000
  • 1998: 7 buildings, average cost: $31,900
  • 1999: 3 buildings, average cost: $65,700
  • 2000: 6 buildings, average cost: $46,700
  • 2001: 14 buildings, average cost: $63,100
  • 2002: 5 buildings, average cost: $48,400
  • 2003: 6 buildings, average cost: $48,400
  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2005: 0 buildings

Latitude: 43.70 N, Longitude: 85.48 W

Area code: 231


Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (40.6%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (16.3%), Retail trade (15.5%).

Daytime population change due to commuting: +5,052 (+46.6%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 3,177 (72.3%)


 

Crime in Big Rapids by Year

Type 1999 2000 2002 2004
Murders 0 1 0 0
    per 100,000 0.0 9.2 0.0 0.0
Rapes 4 5 9 10
    per 100,000 36.9 46.1 83.0 92.2
Robberies 2 6 6 2
    per 100,000 18.4 55.3 55.3 18.4
Assaults 102 86 21 19
    per 100,000 940.2 792.7 193.6 175.1
Burglaries 7 33 67 46
    per 100,000 64.5 304.2 617.6 424.0
Thefts 229 261 281 237
    per 100,000 2110.8 2405.8 2590.1 2184.5
Auto thefts 13 26 18 17
    per 100,000 119.8 239.7 165.9 156.7
306.8 339.5 248.6 207.0

Average climate in Big Rapids, Michigan

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Big Rapids-area historical tornado activity is below Michigan state average. It is 17% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1956, a category 5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 29.0 miles away from the Big Rapids city center killed 18 people and injured 340 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 4/23/1968, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 0.1 miles away from the city center injured 11 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.


Hospital/medical center in Big Rapids:
  • MECOSTA COUNTY GENERAL HOSPITAL (405 WINTER)
Other hospitals/medical centers near Big Rapids:
  • SPECTRUM HLTH-REED CITY CAMPUS (about 15 miles; REED CITY, MI)
  • KELSEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 24 miles; LAKEVIEW, MI)
  • GERBER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 37 miles; FREMONT, MI)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Big Rapids:
  • GERALD R. FORD INTERNATIONAL (about 58 miles; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; ID: GRR)
  • MUSKEGON COUNTY (about 64 miles; MUSKEGON, MI; ID: MKG)
  • CHERRY CAPITAL (about 72 miles; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; ID: TVC)
Other public-use airports nearest to Big Rapids:
  • ROBEN-HOOD (about 2 miles; BIG RAPIDS, MI; ID: RQB)
  • CAIN FIELD (about 7 miles; STANWOOD, MI; ID: 38C)
  • NARTRON FIELD (about 15 miles; REED CITY, MI; ID: RCT)

Amtrak station:
BIG RAPIDS (120 N. MICHIGAN AVE.) - Bus Station. Services: intercity bus service.
Local government website:

Local government employment and payroll (March 2002)

Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Parks and Recreation 0 $0   5 $2,358
Other and Unallocable 10 $30,336 $36,403 3 $2,061
Firefighters 8 $28,417 $42,625 15 $2,517
Police - Other 1 $2,376 $28,512 10 $2,460
Police Protection - Officers 19 $73,775 $46,594 0 $0
Housing and Community Development(Local) 13 $36,573 $33,759 8 $7,058
Judicial and Legal 1 $3,401 $40,812 0 $0
Transit 2 $6,230 $37,380 11 $11,378
Local Libraries 2 $6,801 $40,806 11 $5,945
Other Government Administration 4 $17,863 $53,589 5 $1,291
Financial Administration 8 $25,375 $38,062 2 $505
Sewerage 7 $19,764 $33,881 1 $992
Streets and Highways 19 $57,987 $36,623 0 $0
Water Supply 7 $24,172 $41,437 7 $1,107
Totals for Government 101 $333,070 $39,572 78 $37,671
College/University in Big Rapids:
  • FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY (Full-time enrollment: 8,593; Location: 901 S STATE ST; Public; Website: www.ferris.edu/; Offers Master's degree)
Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Big Rapids:
  • CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY (about 45 miles; MT PLEASANT, MI; Full-time enrollment: 21,353)
  • GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 52 miles; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; FT enrollment: 7,590)
  • AQUINAS COLLEGE (about 53 miles; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; FT enrollment: 2,022)
  • CALVIN COLLEGE (about 54 miles; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; FT enrollment: 4,148)
  • GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY (about 59 miles; ALLENDALE, MI; FT enrollment: 15,124)
  • MUSKEGON COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 59 miles; MUSKEGON, MI; FT enrollment: 2,365)
  • NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN COLLEGE (about 72 miles; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; FT enrollment: 2,343)
Public high schools in Big Rapids:
  • BIG RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 673; Location: 21175 15 MILE ROAD; Grades: 09 - 12)
  • CROSSROADS CHARTER ACADEMY (9-12) (Students: 136; Location: 215 WEST SPRUCE STREET; Grades: 09 - 12)
  • NEW DIRECTIONS HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 95; Location: 21485 15 MILE ROAD; Grades: 09 - 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Big Rapids:
  • BIG RAPIDS MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 488; Location: 500 N. WARREN AVENUE; Grades: 06 - 08)
  • CROSSROADS CHARTER ACADEMY (Students: 449; Location: 215 N. STATE STREET; Grades: KG - 08)
  • RIVERVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 249; Location: 509 WILLOW AVENUE; Grades: 01 - 05)
  • BROOKSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 249; Location: 210 ESCOTT STREET; Grades: 01 - 05)
  • HILLCREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 219; Location: 501 W. BRIDGE STREET; Grades: KG - 05)
  • EASTWOOD EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (Students: 199; Location: 410 N. 3RD AVENUE; Grades: PK - KG)
  • MECOSTA-OSCEOLA EDUCATION CENTER (Students: 148; Location: 15700 190TH AVENUE; Grades: UG - UG)
  • MECOSTA-OSCEOLA ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION CENTER (Location: 15800 190TH AVENUE; Grades: UG - UG)
  • MECOSTA-OSCEOLA CAREER CENTER (Location: 15830 190TH AVENUE; Grades: UG - UG)
Private primary/middle schools in Big Rapids:
  • ST MARY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 134; Location: 927 MARION AVENUE; Grades: PK - 8)
  • ST PETER LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 120; Location: 408 WEST BELLEVUE; Grades: PK - 8)
Library in Big Rapids:
  • BIG RAPIDS COMMUNITY LIBRARY (Operating income: $405,505; Location: 426 SOUTH MICHIGAN AVENUE; 66,900 books; 2,169 audio materials; 2,361 video materials; 125 serial subscriptions)

Creek: Mitchell Creek (A).


Big Rapids compared to Michigan state average:
  • Median household income below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.
Strongest AM radio stations in Big Rapids:
  • WBRN (1460 AM; 5 kW; BIG RAPIDS, MI; Owner: RH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WLDR (1210 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KINGSLEY, MI; Owner: FORT BEND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WTCM (580 AM; 35 kW; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WTCM RADIO, INC.)
  • WOAP (1080 AM; 50 kW; OWOSSO, MI)
  • WOOD (1300 AM; 20 kW; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKJF (1370 AM; 5 kW; CADILLAC, MI; Owner: WKJF RADIO, INC.)
  • WMJH (810 AM; daytime; 4 kW; ROCKFORD, MI)
  • WCCW (1310 AM; 15 kW; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WCCW RADIO, INC.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WJR (760 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WFDF (910 AM; 50 kW; FLINT, MI; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WJNZ (1140 AM; daytime; 5 kW; KENTWOOD, MI; Owner: GOODRICH RADIO, LLC)
  • WWJ (950 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
Strongest FM radio stations in Big Rapids:
  • WBRN-FM (100.9 FM; BIG RAPIDS, MI; Owner: RH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WYBR (102.3 FM; BIG RAPIDS, MI; Owner: MENTOR PARTNERS, INC.)
  • WDEE-FM (97.3 FM; REED CITY, MI; Owner: STEVEN V. BEILFUSS)
  • WIAA (88.7 FM; INTERLOCHEN, MI; Owner: INTERLOCHEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS)
  • W201CF (88.1 FM; BALDWIN, MI; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WSCG-FM (106.3 FM; LAKEVIEW, MI; Owner: STAFFORD BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • W206BF (89.1 FM; ROGERS HEIGHTS, MI; Owner: GREAT LAKES BROADCAST ACADEMY, INC.)
  • W220CW (91.9 FM; ROGERS HEIGHTS, MI; Owner: GREAT LAKES COMMUNITY BROADCASTING, INC.)
TV broadcast stations around Big Rapids:
  • W58CU (Channel 58; BIG RAPIDS, MI; Owner: TRIBUNE TELEVISION HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WWTV (Channel 9; CADILLAC, MI; Owner: HERITAGE B/CING COMPANY OF MICHIGAN)
  • WPBN-TV (Channel 7; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WPBN/WTOM LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, INC.)
  • WZZM-TV (Channel 13; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; Owner: COMBINED COMMUNICATIONS CORP. OF OKLAHOMA, INC.)
  • WFQX-TV (Channel 33; CADILLAC, MI; Owner: ROCKFLEET BROADCASTING II, LLC)

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