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Overview

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 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.

People

Total Population 11,128
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 10.5%
Employed Population 16+ 5,324
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 69.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 79.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $120,563
% Above Poverty Level 97.3%
% Below Poverty Level 2.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 6.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2%

Housing

People Living Alone 15.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,182
Median House Value $270,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.3%
US/American 0%
English 17.8%
Irish 19.2%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station GRAND RAPIDS INTL AP
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
Station GREENVILLE 2 NNE
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
Station GRAND HAVEN FIRE DEPT
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Caledonia 1,509 $85,536
Grand Rapids 192,416 $49,728
Grandville 15,739 $67,273
Kentwood 50,286 $60,197

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

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East Grand Rapids High Schools

EAST GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL
2211 LAKE DRIVE SE
616-235-7555
Serves 971 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

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Historic East Grand Rapids

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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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