Introduction to Walker, Michigan

Walker, Michigan, in Kent county, is 5 miles NW of Grand Rapids, Michigan and 108 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is located in the Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland metropolitan area.

Walker History

Although the Township in the area officially began in late 1837, there are reports of eight families inhabiting the Township land before this time. The credit for the first white settlers in Walker region has been given to Samuel and Lydia White, who came to Kent County from Canada. After the community grew and industrialization in the area took place, the people requested incorporation. The city of Walker was finally incorporated on November 8, 1962.

Walker and nearby Attractions

  • Gerald Ford Museum
  • Public Museum of Grand Rapids
  • John Ball Zoological Garden
  • Van Andel Museum Center
  • Mines Golf Course
  • Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Things To Do In Walker

The city has many open spaces and playgrounds where you can enjoy sports like soccer and softball. You can also relax in the city's parks, which organize a variety of programs for the city's people. There are also many restaurants in the city.

Walker Transportation

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

Walker Higher Education

The universities situated close to the city are Grand Valley State University.


Total Population24,242
Male Share of the Population50.3%
Female Share of the Population49.7%
Senior Citizens12.5%
Employed Population 16+12,567
Age of the Population34


% of people married48.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31.5%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0


Median Family Income$66,299
% Above Poverty Level86.6%
% Below Poverty Level13.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation1.6%


People Living Alone31.9%
Median Gross Rent$700
Median House Value$145,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.1%

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

Walker Almanac

Nearest Medium City 5 miles NW of Grand Rapids, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City108 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Metro AreaGrand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland
Standard Zip Codes49544
Phone Area Codes616
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Walker Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance15.1 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
Distance23.1 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
Distance29.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Walker, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Standale (49534)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
East Grand Rapids11,128$120,563
Grand Rapids192,416$49,728

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

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Walker High Schools

A Charter School.
Serves 331 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

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