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Overview

Introduction to Eaton Rapids, Michigan

Eaton Rapids, Michigan, in Eaton county, is 16 miles S of Lansing, Michigan (center to center) and 81 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Lansing - East Lansing metropolitan area. Eaton Rapids contains a population of approximately 5,330.

Eaton Rapids History

Algonquin Indians originally inhabited this region, and in 1835, pioneers arrived, attracted by the area's water power and timber. Samuel Hamlin, Amos and Pierpoint Spicer, and C. C. Darling settled in this area and the original plat of the community was laid out in 1838. It became a thriving agricultural settlement and was known as the "Saratoga of the West". In 1837, the first mill was constructed, and in 1852, mineral-rich water was discovered and made the community famous. According to one tradition, the name "Eaton Rapids" refers to the presence of rapids in the nearby Grand River. It was incorporated as a village in 1871, and ten years later, it became a city. Eaton Rapids is nicknamed the "Island City".

Eaton Rapids and Nearby Attractions

  • R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
  • Battle Creek Sanatarium
  • Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park
  • Potter Park Zoo
  • Waterloo State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Eaton Rapids

The English Tudor mansion of Oldsmobile President Irving Jacob Reuter, which is located in Eaton Rapids, is on the List of Registered Historic Places in Michigan, and includes the original antique furnishings and a garden. Honolulu House Museum, R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, Michigan Historical Center, Battle Creek Sanatarium, and W.K. Kellogg House are some of the museums and historic sites in the area. The Waterloo State Recreation Area, which has 11 lakes and 47 miles of hiking trails, is a popular destination. Hiking, camping, boating, fishing, picnicking can be enjoyed at the Sleepy Hollow State Park, Pinckney State Recreation Area, Fallassburg County Park, and Ionia State Recreation Area.

Eaton Rapids Transportation

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

Eaton Rapids Higher Education

Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, and Spring Arbor University are the nearby colleges.

People

Total Population 5,221
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 12.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,128
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 47.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $49,971
% Above Poverty Level 77.7%
% Below Poverty Level 22.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 29.2%
Median Gross Rent $743
Median House Value $106,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.8%
US/American 0%
English 16.5%
Irish 14.8%

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

Eaton Rapids Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles S of Lansing, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 81 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio
County Eaton
Metro Area Lansing - East Lansing
Standard Zip Codes 48827
Phone Area Codes 517
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.509
Longitude -84.655

Eaton 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)

Station CHARLOTTE
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 33.8 inches
Station JACKSON CO AP
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.6 inches
Station ST JOHNS
Distance 35.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Charlotte 9,057 $53,862
Dimondale 1,162 $88,333
Mason 8,317 $57,688
Olivet 1,570 $50,000
Potterville 2,612 $57,962
Springport 740 $42,411

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

Eaton Rapids Public Libraries

Library
Eaton Rapids Public Library
220 SOUTH MAIN STREET
Eaton Rapids, Michigan
(517) 663-8744

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Eaton Rapids Hospitals

EATON RAPIDS MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1500 S MAIN STREET
(517) 663-2671
Emergency Service: Yes

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Eaton Rapids High Schools

EATON RAPIDS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
800 STATE STREET
517-663-2231
Serves 1,008 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

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