Introduction to Greenville, Michigan

Greenville, Michigan, in Montcalm county, is 25 miles NE of Grand Rapids, Michigan (center to center) and 126 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan.

Greenville History

The area, which is now known as Greenville, was originally home to Native Americans of the Odawa Tribe. John Green, who settled in in 1844, founded the community. The area was initially named "Green's Village" in his honor. He also built a saw mill on the Flat River which eventually led to an influx of settlers. Many of the settlers were of Danish origin. The first post office was established on January 20, 1848, and Greenville was incorporated as a village in 1867. In 1871, it was reincorporated as a city.

Greenville and Nearby Attractions

  • Gerald R. Ford Museum
  • Public Museum of Grand Rapids
  • Battle Creek Sanitarium
  • Chief Hazy Cloud County Park
  • Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park
  • John Ball Zoo

Things To Do In Greenville

The city of Greenville offers easy access to numerous museums including the Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, and the Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Glenkerry Golf Course, Greenville Country Club, Candlestone Inn Golf and Resort, and Double R Ranch Resort & Golf. Chief Hazy Cloud County Park, which covers more than 20 acres, is a popular fishing spot. Various recreational opportunities are available at the Ionia State Recreation Area, and Fallassburg County Park. Other popular attractions nearby include the John Ball Zoo, the Potter Park Zoo, the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, and the Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park.

Greenville Transportation

The nearest major airport is the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Greenville Higher Education

Calvin College, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College, and Ferris State University are some of the colleges close to Greenville.


Total Population 8,443
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,813
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 42.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $40,661
% Above Poverty Level 72.1%
% Below Poverty Level 27.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%


People Living Alone 34.5%
Median Gross Rent $705
Median House Value $85,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.3%
US/American 0%
English 15.5%
Irish 17.7%

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

Greenville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles NE of Grand Rapids, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 126 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Montcalm
Standard Zip Codes 48838
Phone Area Codes 231
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.177
Longitude -85.252

Greenville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 57 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Distance 36.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
Station ST JOHNS
Distance 37.2 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
Belding 5,771 $48,654
Cedar Springs 3,570 $43,681
Pierson 190 $46,875
Sand Lake 1,370 $47,917
Sheridan 586 $56,964
Stanton 1,543 $35,625

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

Greenville Public Libraries

Flat River Community Library
200 W. JUDD ST.
Greenville, Michigan
(616) 754-6359
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Greenville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(616) 754-4691
Emergency Service: Yes

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Greenville High Schools

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Serves 1,239 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

A Special Education School
Serves 137 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.1

A Magnet School.
Serves 37 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.9

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