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Overview

Introduction to Belding, Michigan

Belding, Michigan, in Ionia county, is 24 miles E of Grand Rapids, Michigan (center to center) and 123 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan.

Belding History

The first settler of Belding, Levi Broas, arrived in 1832. Established initially as Broas Rapids, the name was later changed to Patterson Mills, and then to Hog Wallow. The name Belding was chosen to honor the Belding family in 1871. The first member of the Belding family, John Green, settled in the area in 1838 and began the first farm in Otisco Township that year. The log cabin he constructed was so small that at night, the furniture was moved outside to accommodate his fourteen family members.

Belding and Nearby Attractions

  • Chief Hazy Cloud County Park
  • Charlton Park Village & Museums
  • Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park
  • Apple Mountain
  • Battle Creek Sanatarium
  • Potter Park Zoo

Things To Do In Belding

There are many museums near Belding, including Charlton Park Village & Museums, Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, and Lansing Art Gallery. There are also a few historical sites nearby like, Battle Creek Sanatarium, Settlers House, and W.K. Kellogg House. The Chief Hazy Cloud County Park, Fallassburg County Park, Ionia State Recreation Area, and Newaygo State Park are also located nearby. Other attractions include Potter Park Zoo, Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park, and W.J. Beal Botanical Garden.

Belding Transportation

Flights are available from Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Belding Higher Education

Colleges close to Belding include Alma College, Aquinas College, and Calvin College.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,766
Male Share of the Population43.8%
Female Share of the Population56.2%
Senior Citizens13.3%
Employed Population 16+2,267
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married46.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher11.2%
Median Earnings25+$29,916
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,185
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,050

Wealth

Median Family Income$48,920
% Above Poverty Level80.8%
% Below Poverty Level19.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone27.1%
Median Gross Rent$593
Median House Value$77,700

Ancestry

German21.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.2%
Irish15.2%
English13.4%
Polish6.4%
Canadian5.8%
Dutch5.4%
French Except Basque2.9%
Scottish1.7%
Danishn1.7%
Italian1.6%
Welsh0.9%
Norwegian0.9%
Hungarian0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Arab0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
African0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Belding Almanac

CategoryValue
County Ionia County
Standard Zip Codes48809
P.O. Box Zip Codes48887
Phone Area Codes616
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude43.09
Approximate Longitude-85.23

Belding Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGREENVILLE 2 NNE
Distance7.2 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp33 to 58 F
Jul Temp57 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 61 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches
StationHASTINGS
Distance31.1 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 61 F
Annual Precip35.7 inches
StationST JOHNS
Distance34.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 29 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 60 F
Annual Precip32.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Greenville8,429$44,263
Ionia11,396$32,907
Lowell3,930$65,867
Saranac1,232$46,607
Sheridan597$60,417
Stanton1,337$41,406

Belding Public Libraries

Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library
302 EAST MAIN STREET
Belding, Michigan
(616) 794-1450

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Belding Public Schools

Belding Adult And Community Education
850 Hall Street
ZIP: 48809
(616) 794-4646
High
Belding High School
850 Hall St
ZIP: 48809
(616) 794-4900
High
Total Enrollment 654
Belding Middle School
410 Ionia St
ZIP: 48809
(616) 794-4400
Middle
Total Enrollment 465
Ellis Elementary School
100 West Ellis Ave
ZIP: 48809
(616) 794-4100
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Grattan Academy - Elementary
12047 Old Belding Rd Ne
ZIP: 48809
(616) 691-8999
Primary
Total Enrollment 101
Woodview Elementary School
450 Orchard St
ZIP: 48809
(616) 794-4750
Primary
Total Enrollment 428

Belding Private Schools

Faith Community Christian School
9614 Fisk Rd
ZIP: 48809
Elementary
Total Enrollment 41
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