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Overview

Introduction to East Grand Rapids, Michigan

East Grand Rapids, Michigan, in Kent county, is 3 miles SE of Grand Rapids, Michigan and 116 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is considered part of the Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland metropolitan area.

East Grand Rapids History

The Reed Family from New York was the first to settle in the area now known as East Grand Rapids. They arrived here in the early 1830s. East Grand Rapids is centered on Reeds Lake, which became a popular tourist haunt in the 1870s. The Village of East Grand Rapids was established in the year 1891. However, when the population exceeded 1,000 people, East Grand Rapids was officially incorporated as a city.

East Grand Rapids and nearby Attractions

  • Battle Creek Sanitarium
  • W.K. Kellogg House
  • Gerald R. Ford Museum
  • Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park
  • Reeds Lake
  • Remington Park

Things To Do In East Grand Rapids

While at East Grand Rapids, one can pay a visit to the historical places in the neighborhood including the W.K. Kellogg House, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Museum, the Grand Rapids Children's Museum and the Public Museum of Grand Rapids. They have some fascinating exhibits that speak volumes about the life and culture of the early inhabitants of this area.

East Grand Rapids Transportation

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

East Grand Rapids Higher Education

There are a number of institutes offering higher educational facilities to residents of East Grand Rapids. Among these are the Aquinas College, the Grand Rapids Community College, and the Calvin College.

Demographics

People

Total Population11,493
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens11%
Employed Population 16+5,470
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married69%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher78.3%
Median Earnings25+$68,208
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$11,607
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,569

Wealth

Median Family Income$135,503
% Above Poverty Level98.1%
% Below Poverty Level1.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home9.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone16.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,489
Median House Value$325,500

Ancestry

German21%
Irish19.4%
English19.1%
Dutch14.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.7%
Polish7.3%
Italian7.2%
Scottish4.6%
French Except Basque4.5%
Swedish2.3%
Norwegian1.5%
Arab1.3%
Russian1.1%
Welsh1%
Lebanese0.9%
Finnish0.9%
Belgian0.8%
Hungarian0.6%
Canadian0.6%
African0.5%
Czech0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Macedonian0.3%
Latvian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
South African0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Portuguese0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Ugandan0.1%
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East Grand Rapids Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kent County
Standard Zip Codes49506
Phone Area Codes616
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude42.95
Approximate Longitude-85.61

East Grand Rapids Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGRAND RAPIDS INTL AP
Distance6.2 miles
Jan Temp16 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp40 to 60 F
Annual Precip37.1 inches
StationGREENVILLE 2 NNE
Distance25.5 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
StationGRAND HAVEN FIRE DEPT
Distance31.9 miles
Jan Temp19 to 30 F
Apr Temp36 to 55 F
Jul Temp61 to 79 F
Oct Temp43 to 59 F
Annual Precip32.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Caledonia1,843$90,521
Grand Rapids195,355$54,102
Grandville15,902$69,017
Kentwood51,154$62,423
Walker24,618$70,631
Wyoming75,124$58,468
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Historic East Grand Rapids

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Masonic home (Reed's Lake) between 1905 and 1920

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Masonic home (Reed's Lake) between 1905 and 1920

Lakeside club (Reed's Lake) between 1905 and 1920

Ramona Park theatre pavilion, Reeds Lake. between 1900 and 1910

Additional Resources
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