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Overview

Introduction to Wyoming Michigan

Wyoming, Michigan, in Kent county, is 111 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wyoming is recognized as a suburb of Grand Rapids. The region features a blend of urban areas and nature. The county has experienced urban sprawl but the outer regions of the county are primarily agricultural areas. Wyoming is located south of the Grand River, which is the largest river in the state. The headquarters of Gordon Food Service is located in the city.

Wyoming History

The Hopewell Indians were the original inhabitants of the county. The first non-native settlements were established in 1832 and are regarded as some of the first communities in Western Michigan. The region was known for agriculture, logging and furniture manufacturing. The area had been known as Byron Township. Wyoming Township was founded in 1848 and incorporated as the city of Wyoming in 1959 in order to prevent further annexation of land by other municipalities. The city's name was taken from Wyoming County New York, where a large number of the original settlers earlier resided.

Wyoming Attractions

The prominent Frederik Meijers Gardens and Sculpture Park includes notable attractions such as the Gallery Collection, scenic garden trails, an amphitheater garden, carnivorous plant house, English Perennial Garden, Tropical Conservatory and the Victorian Garden. The Sculpture Park features artwork placed in natural settings such as meadows, valleys and hill areas. It features the artworks of renowned sculptors. Some of the other notable attractions in the city include:

  • Van Andel Arena.
  • Van Andel Museum.
  • Palmer Park features several hiking trails and a golf course.
  • Buck Creek Nature Area.
  • The Southland Mall is popular for shopping.
  • Craig's Cruisers offers go-karts, various rides for children and miniature golfing.

Some of the notable nearby attractions include the Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, Coopersville Marne Railway, Waterfront Film Festival, Ah-Nab-Awen Park and the Cascade Winery.

Wyoming Activities

Residents can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities at Lake Michigan, which is approximately thirty minutes from Wyoming. The North Country, Thornapple and White Pine are some of the notable nearby trails utilized for hiking and bicycle riding.

People

Total Population 74,105
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 9.1%
Employed Population 16+ 37,487
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 47.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,080
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,673
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,450

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,491
% Above Poverty Level 85.1%
% Below Poverty Level 14.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 2%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.6%
Median Gross Rent $736
Median House Value $98,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.2%
Irish 9.4%

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

Wyoming Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 111 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Kent
Metro Area Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland
Standard Zip Codes 49418, 49508, 49509, 49519, 49548
Phone Area Codes 616
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.913
Longitude -85.705

Wyoming 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 9.8 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 ALLEGAN 5 NE
Distance 23.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 56 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 40.4 inches
Station GRAND HAVEN FIRE DEPT
Distance 28 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
East Grand Rapids 11,128 $120,563
Grand Rapids 192,416 $49,728
Grandville 15,739 $67,273
Hudsonville 7,271 $63,448
Kentwood 50,286 $60,197

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

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Wyoming High Schools

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ROGERS HIGH SCHOOL
1350 PRAIRIE PARKWAY SW
616-530-7580
Serves 833 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.1

WYOMING PARK HIGH SCHOOL
2125 WRENWOOD STREET SW
616-530-7560
Serves 831 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.6

GODWIN HEIGHTS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
50 35TH STREET SW
616-252-2050
Serves 651 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

LEE HIGH SCHOOL
1335 LEE STREET SW
616-241-4798
Serves 352 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

HORIZONS COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
2550 ROGERS LANE AVENUE SW
616-530-7535
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A Magnet School.
Serves 214 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.8

SOUTHWEST SECONDARY
2850 CLYDE PARK S.W.
616-249-7612
A Special Education School
Serves 35 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

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