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Grand Rapids is a charter township in Kent County, in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming metro area.
The community was named for its location on the Grand River, near the rapids.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Grand Rapids. For links to other places called Grand Rapids, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Grand Rapids is 42.986N. The longitude is -85.582W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 807 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 14,056.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Grand Rapids demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Kent 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 49505 ZIP code.
20% of Grand Rapids residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Grand Rapids ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Grand Rapids was $30,531, compared with $21,587 nationally.
46% of Grand Rapids residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Grand Rapids, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $1,063. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,225.
Kent County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Grand Rapids political report.
The average commute time for Grand Rapids workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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