Ionia, Michigan

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Ionia, Michigan

Introduction to Ionia, Michigan

Ionia, Michigan, in Ionia county, is 30 miles E of Grand Rapids, Michigan and 112 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan. As of the year 2000 census, 10,569 people lived in Ionia.

Ionia History

The area where the city of Ionia stands now was first settled in the year 1831 by settlers from New Yor. When the population in the area grew, the people desired incorporation and it was incorporated as a village in 1865. In 1873 Ionia was organized into a city.

Ionia and nearby Attractions

  • Hale Park
  • Harper Park
  • Jackson Street Tennis Courts
  • McCann Park
  • Robinson Park
  • Shattuck Park

Things To Do In Ionia

There are many lovely parks in the city. The recreation department of organizes a variety of programs for kids, youths and adults. The city is also dotted with many good restaurants and bars.

Ionia Transportation

Gerald R. Ford International Airport is close to the city.

Ionia Higher Education

Some of the colleges situated nearby are Calvin College, Aquinas College and Grand Rapids Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Ionia Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Ionia Well-Paid Single Men
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 15% Ionia Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Ionia, Michigan

Comparing Ionia 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
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Racial Diversity 9 10
Senior Citizens 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2
Age of the Population 1 1
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 6 7
Portion of People Married 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 5 6
People in Middle Class or Better 4 4
People Above Poverty 3 2
College Educated Adults 1 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 7 7
Short Commute Times 5 6
Working at Home 5 5
Public Transportation Use 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 9
Affordability of Rents 8 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 9
People Living Alone 7 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 3
Housing Recently Built 1 2

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Ionia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles E of Grand Rapids, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 112 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Ionia
Standard Zip Codes 48846
Phone Area Codes 616
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.987
Longitude -85.071

Ionia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station IONIA 2 SSW
Distance 2.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 28 F
Apr Temp 35 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 59 F
Annual Precip 35.8 inches
Distance 17.3 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 ST JOHNS
Distance 26.4 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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Ionia Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,569 100%
Male 7,201 68.1%
Female 3,368 31.9%
Under 18 1,953 18.5%
18+ 8,616 81.5%
65+ 761 7.2%
Median Age 26.5
Average Family Size 3.16
White 7,512 71.1%
African-American 2,319 21.9%
Asian 69 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 111 1.1%
Other 225 2.1%
Mixed Race 333 3.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 537 5.1%

Estimated Ionia Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 12,336
Growth 1,767
Growth % 16.7%

Ionia 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.3%
German 17.7%
US/American 9.3%
Irish 8.5%
English 8.3%
African 3%
Italian 2.9%
Dutch 2.8%
Polish 2.5%
Scottish 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
French Canadian 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Swedish 1.1%
Danish 0.9%
Norwegian 0.8%
Moroccan 0.7%
Scandinavian 0.7%
European 0.7%
Czech 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
British 0.4%
Hungarian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Albanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Ionia 10,569 $45,794
Belding 5,877 $37,111
Clarksville 317 $53,750
Lyons 726 $48,333
Muir 634 $36,875
Pewamo 560 $46,667
Saranac 1,326 $41,250

Ionia Public Libraries

Hall-fowler Memorial Library
Ionia, Michigan
(616) 527-3680
Library Web Site

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Ionia Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(616) 527-4200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Ionia High Schools (2004)

A Title I School.
Serves 1,040 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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