Introduction to Belding, Michigan

Belding, Michigan, in Ionia county, is 24 miles E of Grand Rapids, Michigan (center to center) and 123 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan.

Belding History

The first settler of Belding, Levi Broas, arrived in 1832. Established initially as Broas Rapids, the name was later changed to Patterson Mills, and then to Hog Wallow. The name Belding was chosen to honor the Belding family in 1871. The first member of the Belding family, John Green, settled in the area in 1838 and began the first farm in Otisco Township that year. The log cabin he constructed was so small that at night, the furniture was moved outside to accommodate his fourteen family members.

Belding and Nearby Attractions

  • Chief Hazy Cloud County Park
  • Charlton Park Village & Museums
  • Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park
  • Apple Mountain
  • Battle Creek Sanatarium
  • Potter Park Zoo

Things To Do In Belding

There are many museums near Belding, including Charlton Park Village & Museums, Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, and Lansing Art Gallery. There are also a few historical sites nearby like, Battle Creek Sanatarium, Settlers House, and W.K. Kellogg House. The Chief Hazy Cloud County Park, Fallassburg County Park, Ionia State Recreation Area, and Newaygo State Park are also located nearby. Other attractions include Potter Park Zoo, Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park, and W.J. Beal Botanical Garden.

Belding Transportation

Flights are available from Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Belding Higher Education

Colleges close to Belding include Alma College, Aquinas College, and Calvin College.


Total Population 5,771
Male Share of the Population 43.5%
Female Share of the Population 56.5%
Senior Citizens 13.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,348
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 47%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.4%
Median Earnings25+ $27,510
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,969
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,411


Median Family Income $48,654
% Above Poverty Level 77.4%
% Below Poverty Level 22.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 30.8%
Median Gross Rent $536
Median House Value $74,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22%
US/American 0%
English 13%
Irish 14.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Belding Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles E of Grand Rapids, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 123 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Ionia
Standard Zip Codes 48809
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48887
Phone Area Codes 616
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.097
Longitude -85.228

Belding Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 7.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 57 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Distance 31.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
Station ST JOHNS
Distance 34.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Belding, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Smyrna (48887)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Greenville 8,443 $40,661
Ionia 11,384 $32,470
Lowell 3,859 $59,702
Saranac 1,312 $50,100
Sheridan 586 $56,964
Stanton 1,543 $35,625

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Belding Public Libraries

Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library
Belding, Michigan
(616) 794-1450
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Belding High Schools

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Serves 736 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

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Serves 63 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

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