Introduction to Grand Ledge, Michigan

Grand Ledge, Michigan, in Eaton county, is 9 miles W of Lansing, Michigan (center to center) and 91 miles W of Detroit, Michigan. Part of the surrounding Lansing - East Lansing metro area, the city is not isolated and is home to some 7,813 residents.

Grand Ledge History

The Indians of the Pottawatomi, Chippewa, and Ottawa ancestries were the early settlers and lived near the ledges and large rocks of the Grand River. Hugh Howard was the first white person to explore the region which had pine trees, woods, sandstone ledges, and numerous small islands. The area was named Grand Ledge and a post office was established in 1850. Around 1869, a railroad was established, and Grand Ledge was incorporated by Michigan state in 1871. During the 1870s, Grand Ledge became an important resort area.

Grand Ledge and Nearby Attractions

  • Michigan Historical Center
  • Impression 5 Science Center
  • Battle Creek Sanitarium
  • Chief Hazy Cloud County Park
  • Binder Park Zoo
  • W.J. Beal Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Grand Ledge

Museums located near the city include Michigan Historical Center, Charlton Park Village & Museums and Lansing Art Gallery, all of which have a number of historical artifacts on display. Parks in the area include Fort Custer Recreation Area, Sleepy Hollow State Park, and Pinckney State Recreation Area, which offer provisions for recreational activities. Binder Park Zoo and W.J Beal Botanical Garden display a variety of species of plants and animals.

Grand Ledge Transportation

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

Grand Ledge Higher Education

Colleges and universities located nearby include Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, Spring Arbor University, and Kellogg Community College.


Total Population 7,779
Male Share of the Population 44.9%
Female Share of the Population 55.1%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,085
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 48.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.9%
Median Earnings25+ $35,852
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,667
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,519


Median Family Income $67,794
% Above Poverty Level 93.7%
% Below Poverty Level 6.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 31.5%
Median Gross Rent $697
Median House Value $116,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.5%
US/American 0%
English 12.9%
Irish 15.7%

Grand Ledge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles W of Lansing, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 91 miles W of Detroit, Michigan
County Eaton
Metro Area Lansing - East Lansing
Standard Zip Codes 48837
Phone Area Codes 517
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.753
Longitude -84.746

Grand Ledge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 31.5 inches
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.9 inches
Distance 14.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dimondale 1,209 $71,750
Eagle 147 $52,417
Lansing 114,382 $43,543
Mulliken 588 $62,647
Potterville 2,621 $57,974
Sunfield 651 $47,250

Grand Ledge Public Libraries

Grand Ledge Area District Library
Grand Ledge, Michigan
(517) 627-7014

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