Information About Grand Rapids

The total estimated population is 351,131. Density is low at 1,890 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 271,284; Black: 46,766; Two or More Races: 8,934; Asian: 7,688; American Indian: 2,077; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 276; Other Race: 14,106; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 28,470 (8%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 322,661 (92%)

There are 28,280 foreign born residents, of which 29.5% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Mexico: 8,555; Vietnam: 2,760; Guatemala: 1,882; Bosnia: 1,647; Canada: 1,323; Netherlands: 1,319; Korea: 1,271; U.S. Born: This State: 254,735; Midwest: 28,263; South: 19,824; Northeast: 9,312; West: 7,977;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Grand Rapids Most Common US Birthplaces in Grand Rapids

The sex distribution is 49% male and 51% female. The median age is 33 years.

Age Distribution

There are 30,714 married couples with children and 13,918 single-parent households (2,593 men, 11,325 women).

The median household income is $44,156 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; Michigan: $44,667; Grand Rapids: $44,156;

11% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; Michigan: 11%; Grand Rapids: 11%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 133,934; Government: 13,190; Self-employed: 7,772; Unpaid family work: 547; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 55,880; Sales and office: 46,231; Production, transportation, and material moving: 34,784; Professional and related: 34,447; Office and administrative support: 25,937; Service: 24,752;

Work Types in Grand Rapids Common Occupations in Grand Rapids

The average commute time is 20 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 139,721; Car or truck (carpooled): 17,377; Worked at home: 4,882; Walked: 4,456; Public transportation: 2,697; Bicycle: 462; Motorcycle: 59;

Transportation to work methods in Grand Rapids

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Grand Rapids.

There are 140,297 housing units, of which 90,488 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 86,899; Renter: 45,977; Vacant: 7,421; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 62,734; Not Mortgaged: 24,165;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Grand Rapids

The median single family home value is $116,091.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; Michigan: $972; Grand Rapids: $968;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; Michigan: $468; Grand Rapids: $509;

The average household size is 3 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 6.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 32,005; 1940 to 1949: 13,058; 1950 to 1959: 19,875; 1960 to 1969: 18,769; 1970 to 1979: 20,038; 1980 to 1989: 17,511; 1990 to 1994: 8,597; 1995 to 1998: 7,977; 1999 to March 2000: 2,467;

0.6% of homes lack plumbing and 2.8% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 122,379; Electricity: 6,790; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 1,468; Other: 872;

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