East Grand Rapids, Michigan

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East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Introduction to East Grand Rapids, Michigan

East Grand Rapids, Michigan, in Kent county, is 3 miles SE of Grand Rapids, Michigan and 116 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is considered part of the Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland metropolitan area. East Grand Rapids has a population of 10,764.

East Grand Rapids History

The Reed Family from New York was the first to settle in the area now known as East Grand Rapids. They arrived here in the early 1830s. East Grand Rapids is centered on Reeds Lake, which became a popular tourist haunt in the 1870s. The Village of East Grand Rapids was established in the year 1891. However, when the population exceeded 1,000 people, East Grand Rapids was officially incorporated as a city.

East Grand Rapids and nearby Attractions

  • Battle Creek Sanitarium
  • W.K. Kellogg House
  • Gerald R. Ford Museum
  • Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park
  • Reeds Lake
  • Remington Park

Things To Do In East Grand Rapids

While at East Grand Rapids, one can pay a visit to the historical places in the neighborhood including the W.K. Kellogg House, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Museum, the Grand Rapids Children's Museum and the Public Museum of Grand Rapids. They have some fascinating exhibits that speak volumes about the life and culture of the early inhabitants of this area.

East Grand Rapids Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

East Grand Rapids Higher Education

There are a number of institutes offering higher educational facilities to residents of East Grand Rapids. Among these are the Aquinas College, the Grand Rapids Community College, and the Calvin College.

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High Points

East Grand Rapids strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Michigan):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy East Grand Rapids College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy East Grand Rapids People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy East Grand Rapids Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy East Grand Rapids Median Family Income
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% East Grand Rapids Low Violent Crime
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% East Grand Rapids Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% East Grand Rapids Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Comparing East Grand Rapids to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Michigan (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Female Share of the Population 6 6
Age of the Population 6 7
Male Share of the Population 5 6
Senior Citizens 3 2
Racial Diversity 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Short Commute Times 9 9
Walking and Biking to Work 5 6
Public Transportation Use 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1
People Living Alone 2 1
Affordability of Rents 2 1
Housing Recently Built 2 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 9 8

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East Grand Rapids Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SE of Grand Rapids, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 116 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Kent
Metro Area Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland
Standard Zip Codes 49506, 49546
Phone Area Codes 616
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.941
Longitude -85.61

East Grand Rapids Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37.1 inches
Distance 25.5 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 31.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 79 F
Oct Temp 43 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.7 inches
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East Grand Rapids Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,764 100%
Male 5,160 47.9%
Female 5,604 52.1%
Under 18 3,500 32.5%
18+ 7,264 67.5%
65+ 1,087 10.1%
Median Age 36.8
Average Family Size 3.23
White 10,440 97%
African-American 105 1%
Asian 107 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 14 0.1%
Other 34 0.3%
Mixed Race 64 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 92 0.9%

Estimated East Grand Rapids Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 10,384
Growth -380
Growth % -3.5%

East Grand Rapids Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 17.5%
Dutch 14.6%
Irish 14.6%
English 13.1%
Polish 5.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.9%
US/American 4%
Italian 3.4%
Scottish 2.9%
Swedish 2.7%
Scotch-Irish 2.4%
French (except Basque) 1.9%
European 1.6%
Lebanese 1.6%
Norwegian 1.1%
Russian 0.9%
French Canadian 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.6%
British 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Cascade (49506, 49546)
East Grand Ra (49506)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
East Grand Rapids 10,764 $98,967
Caledonia 1,102 $56,429
Grand Rapids 197,800 $44,224
Grandville 16,263 $55,047
Kentwood 45,255 $55,615
Walker 21,842 $58,912
Wyoming 69,368 $50,002

Starbucks in East Grand Rapids

(As of 2005)
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2172 Wealthy Street
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Serves 971 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

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Historic East Grand Rapids


Masonic home (Reed's Lake) between 1905 and 1920

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Masonic home (Reed's Lake) between 1905 and 1920

Lakeside club (Reed's Lake) between 1905 and 1920

Ramona Park theatre pavilion, Reeds Lake. between 1900 and 1910

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