Eaton Rapids, Michigan

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Eaton Rapids, Michigan

Introduction to Eaton Rapids, Michigan

Eaton Rapids, Michigan, in Eaton county, is 16 miles S of Lansing, Michigan (center to center) and 81 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Lansing - East Lansing metropolitan area. Eaton Rapids contains a population of approximately 5,330.

Eaton Rapids History

Algonquin Indians originally inhabited this region, and in 1835, pioneers arrived, attracted by the area's water power and timber. Samuel Hamlin, Amos and Pierpoint Spicer, and C. C. Darling settled in this area and the original plat of the community was laid out in 1838. It became a thriving agricultural settlement and was known as the "Saratoga of the West". In 1837, the first mill was constructed, and in 1852, mineral-rich water was discovered and made the community famous. According to one tradition, the name "Eaton Rapids" refers to the presence of rapids in the nearby Grand River. It was incorporated as a village in 1871, and ten years later, it became a city. Eaton Rapids is nicknamed the "Island City".

Eaton Rapids and Nearby Attractions

  • R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
  • Battle Creek Sanatarium
  • Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park
  • Potter Park Zoo
  • Waterloo State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Eaton Rapids

The English Tudor mansion of Oldsmobile President Irving Jacob Reuter, which is located in Eaton Rapids, is on the List of Registered Historic Places in Michigan, and includes the original antique furnishings and a garden. Honolulu House Museum, R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, Michigan Historical Center, Battle Creek Sanatarium, and W.K. Kellogg House are some of the museums and historic sites in the area. The Waterloo State Recreation Area, which has 11 lakes and 47 miles of hiking trails, is a popular destination. Hiking, camping, boating, fishing, picnicking can be enjoyed at the Sleepy Hollow State Park, Pinckney State Recreation Area, Fallassburg County Park, and Ionia State Recreation Area.

Eaton Rapids Transportation

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

Eaton Rapids Higher Education

Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, and Spring Arbor University are the nearby colleges.

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Comparative Profile of Eaton Rapids, Michigan

Comparing Eaton 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 6 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 6
Female Share of the Population 6 5
Male Share of the Population 6 6
Senior Citizens 3 3
Racial Diversity 3 6
Age of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 6 8
Portion of People Married 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 8
People in Middle Class or Better 6 7
Median Family Income 5 6
College Educated Adults 4 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 8
Working at Home 6 6
Short Commute Times 5 5
Public Transportation Use 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 8
Affordability of Rents 7 5
People Living Alone 6 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 5
Housing Recently Built 2 4

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Eaton Rapids Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles S of Lansing, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 81 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio
County Eaton
Metro Area Lansing - East Lansing
Standard Zip Codes 48827
Phone Area Codes 517
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.509
Longitude -84.655

Eaton 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 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 33.8 inches
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.6 inches
Station ST JOHNS
Distance 35.5 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
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Eaton Rapids Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,330 100%
Male 2,562 48.1%
Female 2,768 51.9%
Under 18 1,652 31%
18+ 3,678 69%
65+ 595 11.2%
Median Age 31.9
Average Family Size 3.11
White 5,123 96.1%
African-American 20 0.4%
Asian 29 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 24 0.5%
Other 54 1%
Mixed Race 80 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 156 2.9%

Estimated Eaton Rapids Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,266
Growth -64
Growth % -1.2%

Eaton 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 22.2%
English 17.8%
US/American 15.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.9%
Irish 7.9%
French (except Basque) 3.9%
French Canadian 3.2%
Scottish 3%
Dutch 2.9%
Polish 2.9%
Italian 2.3%
Scotch-Irish 2.2%
Swedish 1.3%
European 1.1%
Danish 0.8%
Slavic 0.7%
Norwegian 0.5%
Slovak 0.5%
Yugoslavian 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
Serbian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Czech 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Eaton Rapids 5,330 $48,239
Charlotte 8,389 $45,759
Dimondale 1,342 $64,444
Mason 6,714 $53,519
Olivet 1,758 $40,781
Potterville 2,168 $48,182
Springport 704 $43,068

Eaton Rapids Public Libraries

Eaton Rapids Public Library
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(517) 663-8744

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Eaton Rapids Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(517) 663-2671
Emergency Service: Yes

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Eaton Rapids High Schools (2004)

Serves 1,008 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

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