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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,191
Male Share of the Population45.6%
Female Share of the Population54.4%
Senior Citizens14.4%
Employed Population 16+2,270
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married44.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.7%
Median Earnings25+$28,977
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,019
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,118

Wealth

Median Family Income$51,029
% Above Poverty Level83.9%
% Below Poverty Level16.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.6%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone29.5%
Median Gross Rent$710
Median House Value$104,000

Ancestry

German20.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.9%
English14.7%
Irish13.7%
Polish3.2%
Scottish3%
Italian3%
Dutch2.7%
Swedish2.2%
French Except Basque1.9%
Swiss1.5%
Czech1.2%
West Indian0.9%
Jamaican0.9%
Finnish0.8%
Portuguese0.5%
Canadian0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
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Eaton Rapids Almanac

CategoryValue
County Eaton County
Standard Zip Codes48827
Phone Area Codes517
Time Zone
Approximate Latitude42.51
Approximate Longitude-84.65

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)

StationCHARLOTTE
Distance9.5 miles
Jan Temp15 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 56 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 59 F
Annual Precip33.8 inches
StationJACKSON CO AP
Distance19.4 miles
Jan Temp15 to 30 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip30.6 inches
StationST JOHNS
Distance35.5 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
Charlotte9,062$53,846
Dimondale1,286$88,875
Mason8,387$62,685
Olivet1,696$55,833
Potterville2,647$60,058
Springport778$45,268

Eaton Rapids Public Libraries

Eaton Rapids Public Library
220 SOUTH MAIN STREET
Eaton Rapids, Michigan
(517) 663-8118

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Eaton Rapids Hospitals

Eaton Rapids Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1500 S Main Street

Eaton Rapids Public Schools

Eaton Rapids High School
800 State St
ZIP: 48827
(517) 663-2231
High
Total Enrollment 798
Eaton Rapids Middle School
815 Greyhound Dr
ZIP: 48827
(517) 663-8151
Middle
Total Enrollment 555
Greyhound Central Elementary School
912 Greyhound Dr
ZIP: 48827
(517) 663-8155
Primary
Total Enrollment 134
Greyhound Central Performance Academy
912 Greyhound Dr
ZIP: 48827
(517) 663-3510
Other
Total Enrollment 108
Greyhound Intermediate School
805 Greyhound Dr
ZIP: 48827
(517) 663-9192
Primary
Total Enrollment 453
Island City Academy
6421 Clinton Rd
ZIP: 48827
(517) 663-0111
Primary
Total Enrollment 211
Lockwood Elementary School
810 Greyhound Dr
ZIP: 48827
(517) 663-8194
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
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