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Overview

Introduction to Walker, Michigan

Walker, Michigan, in Kent county, is 5 miles NW of Grand Rapids, Michigan and 108 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is located in the Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland metropolitan area.

Walker History

Although the Township in the area officially began in late 1837, there are reports of eight families inhabiting the Township land before this time. The credit for the first white settlers in Walker region has been given to Samuel and Lydia White, who came to Kent County from Canada. After the community grew and industrialization in the area took place, the people requested incorporation. The city of Walker was finally incorporated on November 8, 1962.

Walker and nearby Attractions

  • Gerald Ford Museum
  • Public Museum of Grand Rapids
  • John Ball Zoological Garden
  • Van Andel Museum Center
  • Mines Golf Course
  • Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Things To Do In Walker

The city has many open spaces and playgrounds where you can enjoy sports like soccer and softball. You can also relax in the city's parks, which organize a variety of programs for the city's people. There are also many restaurants in the city.

Walker Transportation

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

Walker Higher Education

The universities situated close to the city are Grand Valley State University.

People

Total Population 24,242
Male Share of the Population 50.3%
Female Share of the Population 49.7%
Senior Citizens 12.5%
Employed Population 16+ 12,567
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 48.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $66,299
% Above Poverty Level 86.6%
% Below Poverty Level 13.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.9%
Median Gross Rent $700
Median House Value $145,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.6%
Irish 12.1%

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

Walker Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NW of Grand Rapids, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 108 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Kent
Metro Area Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland
Standard Zip Codes 49544
Phone Area Codes 616
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.001
Longitude -85.768

Walker 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 15.1 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 GRAND HAVEN FIRE DEPT
Distance 23.1 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
Station GREENVILLE 2 NNE
Distance 29.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Standale (49534)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coopersville 4,329 $62,457
East Grand Rapids 11,128 $120,563
Grand Rapids 192,416 $49,728
Grandville 15,739 $67,273
Hudsonville 7,271 $63,448

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

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Walker High Schools

WEST MI ACADEMY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
4463 LEONARD STREET NW
616-791-7320
A Charter School.
Serves 331 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

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