Grand Rapids, MI

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2022 Population
198,096
0.12% 1-year growth
US Senator
Debbie Stabenow
Democratic Party
US Senator
Gary Peters
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
31.8
0.952% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
19%
2.34% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$61,634
11.3% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$203,900
20.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
103,778
1.98% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Grand Rapids, MI had a population of 198k people with a median age of 31.8 and a median household income of $61,634. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Grand Rapids, MI grew from 197,858 to 198,096, a 0.12% increase and its median household income grew from $55,385 to $61,634, a 11.3% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Grand Rapids, MI are White (Non-Hispanic) (58.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (17.2%), Two+ (Hispanic) (5.82%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.03%), and White (Hispanic) (4.79%).

None of the households in Grand Rapids, MI reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

93.1% of the residents in Grand Rapids, MI are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Grand Rapids, MI are Grand Rapids Community College (1,523 degrees awarded in 2022), Calvin University (966 degrees), and Cornerstone University (507 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Grand Rapids, MI was $203,900, and the homeownership rate was 54.5%.

Most people in Grand Rapids, MI drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Grand Rapids, MI was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Grand Rapids, MI is home to a population of 198k people, from which 93.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 10.5% of Grand Rapids, MI residents were born outside of the country (20.8k people).

In 2022, there were 3.37 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (115k people) in Grand Rapids, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 34.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 11.5k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

93.1%
2022 Citizenship
92.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 93.1% of Grand Rapids, MI residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Grand Rapids, MI was 92.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Grand Rapids, MI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    115k ± 2.12k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    34.2k ± 1.84k
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    11.5k ± 1.71k
15.9%
Hispanic Population
31.6k people

In 2022, there were 3.37 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (115k people) in Grand Rapids, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 34.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 11.5k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

15.9% of the people in Grand Rapids, MI are hispanic (31.6k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    79,402 ± 6,891 people
  2. India
    76,527 ± 6,766 people
  3. Iraq
    57,451 ± 5,868 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Michigan was Mexico, the natal country of 79,402 Michigan residents, followed by India with 76,527 and Iraq with 57,451.

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Foreign-Born Population

10.5%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
20.8k people
10.8%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
21.3k people

As of 2022, 10.5% of Grand Rapids, MI residents (20.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Grand Rapids, MI was 10.8%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,525 ± 348
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,392 ± 327
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    743 ± 221

Grand Rapids, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.81 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Grand Rapids, MI employs 104k people. The largest industries in Grand Rapids, MI are Manufacturing (17,494 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (17,066 people), and Retail Trade (10,906 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($100,227), Utilities ($70,840), and Public Administration ($62,526).

Males in Michigan have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,244. The income inequality in Michigan (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

104k
2022 Value
± 2,635
1.98%
1 Year growth
± 3.47%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Grand Rapids, MI grew at a rate of 1.98%, from 102k employees to 104k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Grand Rapids, MI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,020 people), Management Occupations (9,446 people), and Production Occupations (9,311 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Grand Rapids, MI.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

104k
2022 Value
± 2,635
1.98%
1 Year growth
± 3.47%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Grand Rapids, MI grew at a rate of 1.98%, from 102k employees to 104k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Grand Rapids, MI, are Manufacturing (17,494 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (17,066 people), and Retail Trade (10,906 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Grand Rapids, MI, though some of these residents may live in Grand Rapids, MI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$43,891
Median earning men ± $1,526
$35,029
Median earning women ± $1,070

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($67,692), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($57,927), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($57,681).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($56,404), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($55,566), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($42,252).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.16%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.37M people employed in Michigan. This represents a 2.16% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 23.6%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Michigan.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Michigan went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 50.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (47.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.09%).

Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are the senators currently representing the state of Michigan. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Michigan is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Michigan

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Debbie Stabenow
Senator from Michigan1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001
Gary Peters
Senator from Michigan2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are the senators currently representing Michigan.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Michigan over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Michigan

Michigan is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Michigan have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Grand Rapids, MI awarded 3,473 degrees. The student population of Grand Rapids, MI in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 8,114 male students and 10,255 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Grand Rapids, MI are White (2,379 and 72.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (283 and 8.67%), Black or African American (231 and 7.08%), and Unknown (154 and 4.72%).

The largest universities in Grand Rapids, MI by number of degrees awarded are Grand Rapids Community College (1,523 and 43.9%), Calvin University (966 and 27.8%), and Cornerstone University (507 and 14.6%).

The most popular majors in Grand Rapids, MI are Liberal Arts & Sciences (459 and 13.2%), General Studies (228 and 6.56%), and Registered Nursing (160 and 4.61%).

The median tuition cost in Grand Rapids, MI for private four year colleges is $32,030.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Grand Rapids, MI, the percentage of applicants admitted was 80.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 18.7%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 18,369 (44.2% men and 55.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 18,369 students enrolled in Grand Rapids, MI, 44.2% men and 55.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 11,677 records, of which 54.7% were women and 45.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 104 degrees awarded
  2. 77 degrees awarded
  3. 135 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Grand Rapids, MI was General Business Administration & Management with 104 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Grand Rapids, MI according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,523 degrees awarded
  2. 966 degrees awarded
  3. 507 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Grand Rapids Community College with 1,523 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,460 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Grand Rapids, MI, which is 0.725 times less than the 2,013 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,379 degrees mean that there were 8.41 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 283 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($32,030) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($459) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,130) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.784% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.801% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.31M), Some college (1.92M), and Bachelors Degree (1.42M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Grand Rapids, MI was $203,900 in 2022, which is 0.723 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $168,700 to $203,900, a 20.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Grand Rapids, MI is 54.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Grand Rapids, MI have an average commute time of 19.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Grand Rapids, MI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Grand Rapids, MI is $61,634. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Grand Rapids, MI was Census Tract 118.03 with a value of $140,500, followed by Census Tract 118.01 and Census Tract 33, with respective values of $116,940 and $107,944.

Property

$203,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,220
$43,071
Median Property Taxes
±$1,494

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Grand Rapids, MI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Grand Rapids, MI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

54.5%
Homeownership
2022
66.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 54.5% of the housing units in Grand Rapids, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 55.5%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 118.03
  2. Census Tract 118.01
  3. Census Tract 33

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Grand Rapids, MI was Census Tract 118.03 with a value of $140,500, followed by Census Tract 118.01 and Census Tract 33, with respective values of $116,940 and $107,944.

The following map shows all of the places in Grand Rapids, MI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$61,634
Median Household Income
± $1,910
79k
Number of Households
± 2,344

In 2022, the median household income of the 79k households in Grand Rapids, MI grew to $61,634 from the previous year's value of $55,385.

The following chart displays the households in Grand Rapids, MI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Grand Rapids, MI is from Michigan.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Michigan
0.468
2021 Wage GINI in Michigan

In 2022, the income inequality in Michigan was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.473% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Michigan was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Michigan in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (70.7%)
  2. Worked At Home (10.7%)
  3. Carpooled (9.33%)

In 2022, 70.7% of workers in Grand Rapids, MI drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (10.7%) and those who carpooled to work (9.33%).

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Commute Time

19.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Grand Rapids, MI have a shorter commute time (19.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.729% of the workforce in Grand Rapids, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Grand Rapids, MI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Grand Rapids, MI have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

19% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Grand Rapids, MI (36.4k out of 191k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Grand Rapids, MI is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

92.4% of the population of Grand Rapids, MI has health coverage, with 50.9% on employee plans, 21.4% on Medicaid, 9.82% on Medicare, 9.51% on non-group plans, and 0.788% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Kent County, MI see 1079 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.46% decrease from the previous year (1095 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1339 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 247 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,079 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kent County, MI

Primary care physicians in Kent County, MI see an average of 1,079 patients per year. This represents a 1.46% decrease from the previous year (1,095 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kent County, MI in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23% under 18 years, 32.9% between 18 and 34 years, 31.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 12.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.2% were men and 52.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.6%
Uninsured
50.9%
Employer Coverage
21.4%
Medicaid
9.82%
Medicare
9.51%
Non-Group
0.788%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Grand Rapids, MI declined by 9.64% from 8.41% to 7.6%.

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