Big Rapids, MI

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
40,128
0.192% 1-year growth
US Senator
Debbie Stabenow
Democratic Party
US Senator
Gary Peters
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
40.6
7.41% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
18%
5.99% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$54,132
11.8% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$153,000
16.4% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
16,808
1.24% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Big Rapids, MI had a population of 40.1k people with a median age of 40.6 and a median household income of $54,132. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Big Rapids, MI grew from 40,051 to 40,128, a 0.192% increase and its median household income grew from $48,440 to $54,132, a 11.8% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Big Rapids, MI are White (Non-Hispanic) (90.2%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.91%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.5%), White (Hispanic) (1.05%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.927%).

None of the households in Big Rapids, MI reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.4% of the residents in Big Rapids, MI are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Big Rapids, MI are Ferris State University (3,363 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Big Rapids, MI was $153,000, and the homeownership rate was 75.9%.

Most people in Big Rapids, MI drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Big Rapids, MI was 2 cars per household.

Big Rapids, MI borders Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI and Mount Pleasant, MI.

Population & Diversity

Big Rapids, MI is home to a population of 40.1k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.46% of Big Rapids, MI residents were born outside of the country (585 people).

In 2022, there were 31 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (36.2k people) in Big Rapids, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.17k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.4%
2022 Citizenship
99.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.4% of Big Rapids, MI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Big Rapids, MI was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Big Rapids, MI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    36.2k ± 133
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.17k ± 260
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1k ± 161
2.65%
Hispanic Population
1.06k people

In 2022, there were 31 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (36.2k people) in Big Rapids, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.17k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.65% of the people in Big Rapids, MI are hispanic (1.06k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Big Rapids, MI as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    79,402 ± 6,891 people
  2. India
    76,527 ± 6,766 people
  3. Iraq
    57,451 ± 5,868 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Michigan was Mexico, the natal country of 79,402 Michigan residents, followed by India with 76,527 and Iraq with 57,451.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.46%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
585 people
1.63%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
652 people

As of 2022, 1.46% of Big Rapids, MI residents (585 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Big Rapids, MI was 1.63%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    871 ± 135
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    601 ± 176
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    293 ± 85

Big Rapids, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.45 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Big Rapids, MI employs 16.8k people. The largest industries in Big Rapids, MI are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,625 people), Manufacturing (2,441 people), and Educational Services (2,083 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($94,500), Wholesale Trade ($61,991), and Utilities ($58,750).

Males in Michigan have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,244. The income inequality in Michigan (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

16.8k
2022 Value
± 732
−1.24%
1 Year decline
± 6.34%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Big Rapids, MI declined at a rate of −1.24%, from 17k employees to 16.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Big Rapids, MI, are Production Occupations (1,608 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,603 people), and Management Occupations (1,589 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Big Rapids, MI.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

16.8k
2022 Value
± 732
−1.24%
1 Year decline
± 6.34%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Big Rapids, MI declined at a rate of −1.24%, from 17k employees to 16.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Big Rapids, MI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,625 people), Manufacturing (2,441 people), and Educational Services (2,083 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Big Rapids, MI, though some of these residents may live in Big Rapids, MI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$39,413
Median earning men ± $1,529
$27,878
Median earning women ± $2,019

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($64,286), Wholesale Trade ($63,654), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,125).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($60,903), Public Administration ($41,035), and Construction ($39,417).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.16%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.37M people employed in Michigan. This represents a 2.16% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 23.6%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Michigan.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 247
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 197
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 175
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Michigan went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 50.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (47.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.09%).

Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are the senators currently representing the state of Michigan. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Michigan is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Michigan

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Debbie Stabenow
Senator from Michigan1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001
Gary Peters
Senator from Michigan2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are the senators currently representing Michigan.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Michigan over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Michigan

Michigan is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Michigan have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Big Rapids, MI awarded 3,363 degrees. The student population of Big Rapids, MI in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 4,521 male students and 5,551 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Big Rapids, MI are White (2,661 and 80.3%), followed by Black or African American (188 and 5.67%), Hispanic or Latino (165 and 4.98%), and Two or More Races (116 and 3.5%).

The largest universities in Big Rapids, MI by number of degrees awarded are Ferris State University (3,363 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Big Rapids, MI are Criminal Justice - Police Science (288 and 8.56%), General Business Administration & Management (239 and 7.11%), and Pharmacy (140 and 4.16%).

The median tuition cost in Big Rapids, MI for a public four year colleges is $13,608 for in-state students and $13,608 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Big Rapids, MI, the percentage of applicants admitted was 87.9%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 16.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 10,072 (44.9% men and 55.1% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 10,072 students enrolled in Big Rapids, MI, 44.9% men and 55.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 7,444 records, of which 53.7% were women and 46.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 160 degrees awarded
  2. 107 degrees awarded
  3. 222 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Big Rapids, MI was General Business Administration & Management with 160 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Big Rapids, MI according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
3,363 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Ferris State University with 3,363 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,546 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Big Rapids, MI, which is 0.851 times less than the 1,817 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,661 degrees mean that there were 14.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 188 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($13,608) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($828) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.784% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.801% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.31M), Some college (1.92M), and Bachelors Degree (1.42M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Big Rapids, MI was $153,000 in 2022, which is 0.543 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $131,400 to $153,000, a 16.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Big Rapids, MI is 75.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Big Rapids, MI have an average commute time of 23.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Big Rapids, MI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Big Rapids, MI is $54,132. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Big Rapids, MI was Livingston County, MI with a value of $96,135, followed by Oakland County, MI and Washtenaw County, MI, with respective values of $92,620 and $84,245.

Property

$153,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,845
$12,230
Median Property Taxes
±$558

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Big Rapids, MI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Big Rapids, MI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

75.9%
Homeownership
2022
62.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 75.9% of the housing units in Big Rapids, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.2%.

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Income by Location

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In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Big Rapids, MI was Livingston County, MI with a value of $96,135, followed by Oakland County, MI and Washtenaw County, MI, with respective values of $92,620 and $84,245.

The following map shows all of the counties in Big Rapids, MI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$54,132
Median Household Income
± $3,181
16.1k
Number of Households
± 686

In 2022, the median household income of the 16.1k households in Big Rapids, MI grew to $54,132 from the previous year's value of $48,440.

The following chart displays the households in Big Rapids, MI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Big Rapids, MI is from Michigan.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Michigan
0.468
2021 Wage GINI in Michigan

In 2022, the income inequality in Michigan was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.473% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Michigan was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Michigan in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.1%)
  2. Carpooled (8.33%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.41%)

In 2022, 79.1% of workers in Big Rapids, MI drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.33%) and those who worked at home (5.41%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

23.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Big Rapids, MI have a shorter commute time (23.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.35% of the workforce in Big Rapids, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Big Rapids, MI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Big Rapids, MI have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

18% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Big Rapids, MI (6.78k out of 37.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Big Rapids, MI is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

92.2% of the population of Big Rapids, MI has health coverage, with 40.3% on employee plans, 20.2% on Medicaid, 15.2% on Medicare, 15.3% on non-group plans, and 1.19% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Michigan see 1246 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.58% decrease from the previous year (1266 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1294 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 332 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,246 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Michigan

Primary care physicians in Michigan see an average of 1,246 patients per year. This represents a 1.58% decrease from the previous year (1,266 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Michigan in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.2% under 18 years, 23.7% between 18 and 34 years, 35.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.4% were men and 50.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.76%
Uninsured
40.3%
Employer Coverage
20.2%
Medicaid
15.2%
Medicare
15.3%
Non-Group
1.19%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Big Rapids, MI grew by 12.8% from 6.87% to 7.76%.

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