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Big Rapids is a city in Mecosta County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for the river rapids
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Big Rapids. For links to other places called Big Rapids, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Big Rapids is 43.698N. The longitude is -85.483W.It is in the Ludington time zone. Elevation is 925 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 10,797.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Big Rapids demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Mecosta County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 49307 ZIP code.
25% of Big Rapids residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Big Rapids ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Big Rapids was $10,719, compared with $21,587 nationally.
32% of Big Rapids residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Big Rapids, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $419. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $728.
Libraries in Big Rapids include Big Rapids Community Library ... View libraries
Mecosta County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Big Rapids political report.
The average commute time for Big Rapids workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Big Rapids between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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