Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is home to many cultures and lifestyles.  Downtown is known for hosting great events, festivals, restaurants, great walk-ability and shopping.  Downtown is focused on growth and sustainability.  Newly renovated condominium projects are home to medical professionals who want to be close to the famous Medical Mile,  young professionals, families, along with empty nesters who want to stay closely involved in area activities.  There are many colleges located near downtown, including Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas, and more.   Many areas around the downtown area include Heritage Hill, the Heart Side District, and the West Side Connection.


At the 2005-2007 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates, 68.7% of the population were White (59.6% non-Hispanic White alone), 21.8% Black or African American, 1.9% Asian, 1.5% American Indian and Alaska Native and 8.7% from some other race. 16.4% of the total population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.9% of the population had a Bachelor’s degree or higher; 12.5% of the population were foreign born.
As of the census of 2000, there were 197,800 people, 73,217 households, and 44,369 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,431.2/sq mi (1,710.8/km²). There were 77,960 housing units at an average density of 1,746.5/sq mi (674.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.30% White American (62.5% non-Hispanic White), 20.41% African American, 0.74% Native American, 1.62% Asian American, 0.12% Pacific Islander American, 6.63% from other races, and 3.19% from two or more races. 13.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The city had a foreign-born population of 10.5%.

There were 73,217 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 13.1% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 16.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,224, and the median income for a family was $44,224. Males had a median income of $33,050 versus $26,382 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,661. 15.7% of the population and 11.9% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 19.4% are under the age of 18 and 10.4% are 65 or older.

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