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Population in 2012: 10,702 (98% urban, 2% rural). Population change since 2000: -1.4%
 

Males: 5,613  (52.5%)
Females: 5,089  (47.5%)

Median resident age:  21.8 years
Michigan median age:  40.9 years

Zip codes: 49307.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $22,781 (it was $20,192 in 2000)
Big Rapids:

$22,781
MI:

$46,859
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $12,389

Big Rapids city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $85,560 (it was $72,000 in 2000)
Big Rapids:

$85,560
MI:

$115,700
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $107,631; Detached houses: $119,891; Townhouses or other attached units: $79,105; In 2-unit structures: $76,291; Mobile homes: $37,710

Median gross rent in 2012: $564.

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  • White alone - 9,057 (85.0%)
  • Black alone - 835 (7.8%)
  • Hispanic - 288 (2.7%)
  • Two or more races - 221 (2.1%)
  • Asian alone - 216 (2.0%)
  • American Indian alone - 32 (0.3%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 8 (0.08%)

Races in Big Rapids detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Big Rapids: 81.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (23.5%), Irish (10.5%), Polish (10.0%), English (7.7%), Dutch (6.0%), French (4.1%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 282 feet

Land area: 4.25 square miles.

Population density: 2,521 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

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For population 25 years and over in Big Rapids:

  • High school or higher: 88.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 30.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 11.5%
  • Unemployed: 21.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Big Rapids city:

  • Never married: 69.9%
  • Now married: 19.2%
  • Separated: 0.5%
  • Widowed: 2.8%
  • Divorced: 7.6%

524 residents are foreign born (1.8% Asia, 0.6% Europe).

This city:  4.9%
Michigan:  6.1%



According to our research of Michigan and other state lists there were 52 registered sex offenders living in Big Rapids, Michigan as of September 30, 2013.
The ratio of number of residents in Big Rapids to the number of sex offenders is 206 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,929 (1.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,467 (2.0%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Grand Rapids, MI (51.8 miles , pop. 197,800).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Milwaukee, WI (132.2 miles , pop. 596,974).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (170.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Stanwood, MI (2.9 miles ), Hersey, MI (3.3 miles ), Canadian Lakes, MI (3.5 miles ), Reed City, MI (3.5 miles ), Mecosta, MI (3.7 miles ), Morley, MI (3.8 miles ), Barryton, MI (4.1 miles ), Evart, MI (4.2 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 2 buildings, average cost: $110,000
  • 1998: 7 buildings, average cost: $31,900
  • 1999: 3 buildings, average cost: $65,700
  • 2000: 6 buildings, average cost: $46,700
  • 2001: 14 buildings, average cost: $63,100
  • 2002: 5 buildings, average cost: $48,400
  • 2003: 6 buildings, average cost: $48,400
  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2005: 0 buildings

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 43.70 N, Longitude: 85.48 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +5,595 (+52.5%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 3,265 (74.3%)

Area code: 231

Big Rapids household income distribution Big Rapids home values distribution


 

Crime rates in Big Rapids by Year
Type 2000 2002 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2012
Murders 1000000000
per 100,000 9.40.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 591087657197
per 100,000 47.082.092.373.765.656.947.368.7186.865.4
Robberies 6626633610
per 100,000 56.354.718.555.256.228.528.458.99.80.0
Assaults 86211919191414151220
per 100,000 807.6191.4175.4174.9178.0132.9132.5147.1118.0186.9
Burglaries 33674647655957806128
per 100,000 309.9610.7424.7432.7608.8560.0539.5784.8599.8261.6
Thefts 261281237224232311325273244214
per 100,000 2450.92561.32188.02062.42172.92951.83076.22678.02399.21999.4
Auto thefts 26181771110107125
per 100,000 244.2164.1156.964.5103.094.994.768.7118.046.7
Arson 3511325321
per 100,000 28.245.69.29.228.119.047.329.419.79.3
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 300.2) 317.6236.6207.4194.0206.1208.5204.9228.9274.6162.8

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Big Rapids detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 19 (18 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.68
Michigan average:

1.74

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Big Rapids, Michigan accommodation, waste management, arts - Economy and Business Data

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

11.3%
Michigan:

9.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -1,475 (-12.0%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Educational services (31%)
  • Retail trade (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Health care and social assistance (6%)
  • Construction (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Retail trade (26%)
  • Educational services (26%)
  • Accommodation and food services (15%)
  • Health care and social assistance (14%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (6%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (8%)
  • Cashiers (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (3%)

Work and jobs in Big Rapids: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

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Tornado activity:

Big Rapids-area historical tornado activity is near Michigan state average. It is 12% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1956, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 27.4 miles away from the Big Rapids city center killed 18 people and injured 340 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 4/23/1968, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 0.1 miles away from the city center injured 11 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Big Rapids-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Michigan state average. It is 99% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/2/1994 at 21:23:06, a magnitude 3.5 (3.4 LG, 3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 76.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Mecosta County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Wind: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Big Rapids topographic map

Birthplace of: Kenny Lane - Boxer, Ben Hebard Fuller - Marine Corps Commandant, Chris Gore - Film critic, Cody Chupp - Ice hockey player, Jeff Willette - Animator.


Hospitals/medical centers in Big Rapids:

  • FMC - BIG RAPIDS (Dialysis Facility, 14307 NORTHLAND DR)
  • SPECTRUM HEALTH BIG RAPIDS HOSPITAL (Acute Care Hospitals,Government - Local, provides emergency services, 605 OAK STREET)
  • ALTERCARE OF BIG RAPIDS (Nursing Home, 805 WEST AVE)
  • METRON OF BIG RAPIDS (Nursing Home, 725 W FULLER)

Political contributions by individuals in Big Rapids, MI

Airports and heliports located in Big Rapids:


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Amtrak station:

BIG RAPIDS (120 N. MICHIGAN AVE.) - Bus Station . Services: intercity bus service.

Local government website: www.ci.big-rapids.mi.us

College/University in Big Rapids:

  • Ferris State University (Full-time enrollment: 9,983; Location: 1201 S State St; Public; Website: www.ferris.edu/; Offers Doctor's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Big Rapids:

  • Central Michigan University (about 37 miles; Mount Pleasant, MI; Full-time enrollment: 20,153)
  • Mid Michigan Community College (about 41 miles; Harrison, MI; FT enrollment: 2,363)
  • Muskegon Community College (about 48 miles; Muskegon, MI; FT enrollment: 2,118)
  • Baker College of Muskegon (about 48 miles; Muskegon, MI; FT enrollment: 4,104)
  • Grand Rapids Community College (about 52 miles; Grand Rapids, MI; FT enrollment: 7,546)
  • Calvin College (about 54 miles; Grand Rapids, MI; FT enrollment: 3,895)
  • Grand Valley State University (about 55 miles; Allendale, MI; FT enrollment: 19,392)

Public high schools in Big Rapids:

Public elementary/middle schools in Big Rapids:

Private elementary/middle schools in Big Rapids:

  • ST PETER LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 114; Location: 408 W BELLEVUE ST; Grades: PK - 8)
  • ST MARY SCHOOL (Students: 102; Location: 927 MARION AVE; Grades: PK - 8)
See full list of schools located in Big Rapids, School District: BIG RAPIDS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Library in Big Rapids:

  • BIG RAPIDS COMMUNITY LIBRARY (Operating income: $401,552; Location: 426 SOUTH MICHIGAN AVENUE; 67,954 books; 3,555 audio materials; 3,561 video materials; 110 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Big Rapids: General Services Building (A), Heavy Equipment Technology (B), Ewigleben Sports Complex (C), Creative Arts Center (D), Southwest Heating Plant (E), Henderson Hall (F), Southwest Commons (G), Puterbaugh Hall (H), Bond Hall (I), Bishop Hall (J), Cramer Hall (K), West Commons (L), West Campus Apartments (M), Pharmacy Building (N), Victor F Spathelf Center (O), Travis Hall (P), Merrill Hall (Q), McNerney Hall (R), Knollcrest Commons (S), Brophy Hall (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Big Rapids include: Saint Paul Catholic Campus Parish (A), Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church (B), Seventh-Day Adventist Church (C), Saint Mary's Catholic Church (D), Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ (E), Immanuel Lutheran Church (F), First United Methodist Church (G), First Baptist Church (H), Fellowship Christian Reformed Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Mitchell Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Big Rapids include: Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park (1), Northend Riverside Park (2), Hanchett Park (3), Swede Hill Park (4), Hemlock Park (5), Mitchell Creek Park (6), Linden Street Park (7), Vogel Field (8), River Street Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Best Western of Big Rapids (1705 South State Street), Country Inn-Stes Big Rapids (15344 Waldron Way).

 
Mecosta County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Big Rapids and their reported violations in the past:

BIG RAPIDS (Population served: 11900, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR) - In DEC-1996. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-22-1997), St Compliance achieved (JAN-31-1997), St Public Notif received (FEB-10-1997)
ROGERS HEIGHTS CHRISTIAN CHURC (Population served: 250, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 8 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
CREEKS EDGE APARTMENTS (Population served: 216, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
COUNTRY MANOR (Population served: 190, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
MECEOLA COUNTRYCLUB (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 6 routine major monitoring violations
  • 4 regular monitoring violations
NORTHEND RIVERSIDE PARK (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
TRINITY FELLOWSHIP CHURCH (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
RUDI INC (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Big Rapids that have no violations reported:

  • ST PAULS CAMPUS PARISH (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • YOUNGS LAKE CAMPGROUNDS (Population served: 75, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • TRINITY FELLOWSHIP CHURCH (Population served: 60, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • TRAILSIDE GAS & GROCERY (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • ROBEN-HOOD AIRPORT (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 47.0%
(43.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 76.2% for Black residents, 84.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 28.9% for American Indian residents, 66.8% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.2 people
Michigan:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  39.7%
Whole state:  66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  7.7%
Whole state:  6.4%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Big Rapids, MI

People in group quarters in Big Rapids in 2010:

  • 3,059 people in college/university student housing
  • 75 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 65 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 14 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 9 people in other noninstitutional facilities

People in group quarters in Big Rapids in 2000:

  • 3,064 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 114 people in nursing homes
  • 8 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 6 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Big Rapids compared to Michigan state average:

Big Rapids, Michigan environmental map by EPA

Map Legend

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.


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Banks with branches in Big Rapids (2011 data):

  • The Huntington National Bank: Big Rapids Branch, Big Rapids Branch, Big Rapids Branch, Big Rapids Branch. Info updated 2012/04/02: Bank assets: $54,183.4 mil, Deposits: $44,300.3 mil, headquarters in Columbus, OH, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 878 total offices, Holding Company: Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
  • Chemical Bank: Pleasantview Branch, Southland Branch, Central Branch. Info updated 2010/07/30: Bank assets: $5,331.9 mil, Deposits: $4,367.1 mil, headquarters in Midland, MI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 146 total offices, Holding Company: Chemical Financial Corporation
  • Fifth Third Bank: Big Rapids Downtown Drive Up at 228 South Michigan Avenue, branch established on 1967/11/08; Big Rapids Main Office Branch at 101 North Michigan Avenue, branch established on 1901/01/01. Info updated 2009/10/05: Bank assets: $114,540.4 mil, Deposits: $89,689.1 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1378 total offices, Holding Company: Fifth Third Bancorp
  • Lake-Osceola State Bank: Big Rapids Branch at 102 North Michigan Avenue, branch established on 2007/04/09; Perry Avenue Big Rapids Branch at 226 Perry Avenue, branch established on 2010/08/30. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $169.4 mil, Deposits: $141.7 mil, headquarters in Baldwin, MI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 8 total offices
  • Isabella Bank: Big Rapids Branch at 21440 Perry St, branch established on 2004/12/01. Info updated 2008/04/07: Bank assets: $1,284.4 mil, Deposits: $960.9 mil, headquarters in Mount Pleasant, MI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 26 total offices, Holding Company: Isabella Bank Corporation
  • Independent Bank: Big Rapids Branch at 404 Perry Street, branch established on 1890/01/01. Info updated 2010/10/20: Bank assets: $2,304.7 mil, Deposits: $2,092.2 mil, headquarters in Ionia, MI, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 107 total offices, Holding Company: Independent Bank Corporation
  • Flagstar Bank, FSB: Big Rapids Banking Center at 21400 Perry Street, branch established on 2002/04/11. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $13,623.5 mil, Deposits: $7,802.8 mil, headquarters in Troy, MI, negative income in the last year, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 135 total offices

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Big Rapids, Michigan:

  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, 1005 Perry St, Big Rapids, MI 49307 , Phone: (231) 796-4400, Fax: (231) 796-1156
  • Super 8 Motel, 845 Water Tower Rd, Big Rapids, MI 49307 , Phone: (800) 800-8000
  • Country Inn & Suites, 15344 Waldron Way, Big Rapids, MI 49307 , Phone: (231) 527-9000, Fax: (231) 527-9030
  • Quality Inn & Suites, 1705 S State St, Big Rapids, MI 49307 , Phone: (231) 592-5150, Fax: (231) 592-5157
All 4 fire-safe hotels and motels in Big Rapids, Michigan

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Big Rapids travel time to work - commute


Big Rapids mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (79%)
  • Electricity (17%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
  • No fuel used (1%)
  • Wood (1%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

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Religion statistics for Big Rapids city (based on Mecosta County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 27.14%
Here27.1%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchLutheran ChurchUnited Church of Christ The Wesleyan Church
Adherents27.9%13.8%10.6%5.4%5.4%
Congregations7.7%17.3%3.8%1.9%5.8%
NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaEvangelical Free Church of AmericaFree Methodist Church of North AmericaChristian Churches and Churches of ChristOther
Adherents3.7%3.5%3.2%3.2%23.5%
Congregations1.9%1.9%7.7%5.8%46.2%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 9
This county:

2.16 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.34 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Mecosta County:

0.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 9
Mecosta County:

2.16 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
This county:

4.31 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

2.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 32
Mecosta County:

7.67 / 10,000 pop.
Michigan:

6.80 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.6%
Michigan:

9.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.2%
Michigan:

29.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Mecosta County:

9.6%
State:

13.4%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 9$36,392$48,5234$2,260
Other Government Administration 9$39,434$52,5798$4,382
Police Protection - Officers 17$83,955$59,2622$1,908
Police - Other 1$3,144$37,7284$1,964
Firefighters 9$45,613$60,81716$3,828
Streets and Highways 13$48,309$44,5930$0
Sewerage 9$32,676$43,5681$1,377
Parks and Recreation 2$6,724$40,3444$410
Housing and Community Development(Local) 10$36,330$43,59615$14,258
Water Supply 7$23,831$40,8530$0
Transit 1$4,063$48,75611$16,857
Local Libraries 2$8,677$52,06210$4,875
Other and Unallocable 6$19,463$38,9260$0
Totals for Government 95$388,611$49,08875$52,119

Big Rapids government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $449,000 ($41.95)
    Sewerage: $3,000 ($0.28)
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $2,252,000 ($210.43)
    Police Protection: $1,688,000 ($157.73)
    General - Other: $1,637,000 ($152.96)
    Housing and Community Development: $1,519,000 ($141.94)
    Sewerage: $1,322,000 ($123.53)
    Water Utilities: $1,157,000 ($108.11)
    Local Fire Protection: $787,000 ($73.54)
    Solid Waste Management: $644,000 ($60.18)
    Financial Administration: $633,000 ($59.15)
    Parks and Recreation: $619,000 ($57.84)
    Central Staff Services: $531,000 ($49.62)
    Libraries: $347,000 ($32.42)
    Transit Utilities: $334,000 ($31.21)
    Air Transportation: $168,000 ($15.70)
    General Public Buildings: $71,000 ($6.63)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $238,000 ($22.24)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Sewerage: $672,000 ($62.79)
    Water Utilities: $258,000 ($24.11)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $4,579,000 ($427.86)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $172,000 ($16.07)

Big Rapids government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,982,000 ($185.20)
    Housing and Community Development: $831,000 ($77.65)
    Solid Waste Management: $712,000 ($66.53)
    All Other: $224,000 ($20.93)
    Air Transportation: $39,000 ($3.64)
    Parks and Recreation: $29,000 ($2.71)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $938,000 ($87.65)
    All Other: $555,000 ($51.86)
    Water Utilities: $424,000 ($39.62)
    Transit Utilities: $45,000 ($4.20)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $97,000 ($9.06)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $345,000 ($32.24)
    Fines and Forfeits: $249,000 ($23.27)
    Donations From Private Sources: $186,000 ($17.38)
    Interest Earnings: $157,000 ($14.67)
    Special Assessments: $41,000 ($3.83)
    Sale of Property: $8,000 ($0.75)
    Rents: $4,000 ($0.37)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,937,000 ($180.99)
    Transit Utilities: $63,000 ($5.89)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,694,000 ($158.29)
    Highways: $1,006,000 ($94.00)
    All Other: $174,000 ($16.26)
    Transit Utilities: $156,000 ($14.58)
  • Tax - Property: $2,496,000 ($233.23)
    Individual Income: $1,757,000 ($164.17)
    Other License: $39,000 ($3.64)
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $1,000 ($0.09)

Big Rapids government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,800,000 ($822.28)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,380,000 ($783.03)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $420,000 ($39.25)

Big Rapids government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $115,000 ($10.75)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,867,000 ($548.22)

8.82% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($29,792 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.82%
Michigan average:

5.24%

0.14% of residents moved from foreign countries ($297 average AGI)
Mecosta County:

0.14%
Michigan average:

0.10%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Kent County, MI  0.96% ($36,731 average AGI)
from Osceola County, MI  0.82% ($26,991)
from Montcalm County, MI  0.62% ($23,952)


8.93% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,847 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.93%
Michigan average:

5.98%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Kent County, MI  1.20% ($27,556 average AGI)
to Osceola County, MI  0.75% ($25,549)
to Isabella County, MI  0.57% ($24,753)

Strongest AM radio stations in Big Rapids:

  • WBRN (1460 AM; 5 kW; BIG RAPIDS, MI; Owner: RH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WLDR (1210 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KINGSLEY, MI; Owner: FORT BEND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WTCM (580 AM; 35 kW; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WTCM RADIO, INC.)
  • WOAP (1080 AM; 50 kW; OWOSSO, MI)
  • WOOD (1300 AM; 20 kW; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WKJF (1370 AM; 5 kW; CADILLAC, MI; Owner: WKJF RADIO, INC.)
  • WMJH (810 AM; daytime; 4 kW; ROCKFORD, MI)
  • WJR (760 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WWJ (950 AM; 50 kW; DETROIT, MI; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WFDF (910 AM; 50 kW; FLINT, MI; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Big Rapids:

  • WBRN-FM (100.9 FM; BIG RAPIDS, MI; Owner: RH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WYBR (102.3 FM; BIG RAPIDS, MI; Owner: MENTOR PARTNERS, INC.)
  • WDEE-FM (97.3 FM; REED CITY, MI; Owner: STEVEN V. BEILFUSS)
  • WCXT (105.3 FM; HART, MI; Owner: WATERS BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W201CF (88.1 FM; BALDWIN, MI; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WIAA (88.7 FM; INTERLOCHEN, MI; Owner: INTERLOCHEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS)
  • WBLV (90.3 FM; TWIN LAKE, MI; Owner: BLUE LAKE FINE ARTS CAMP, INC.)
  • WSHN-FM (100.1 FM; HOLTON, MI; Owner: NOORDYK BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WSCG-FM (106.3 FM; LAKEVIEW, MI; Owner: STAFFORD BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • W206BF (89.1 FM; ROGERS HEIGHTS, MI; Owner: GREAT LAKES BROADCAST ACADEMY, INC.)
  • W220CW (91.9 FM; ROGERS HEIGHTS, MI; Owner: GREAT LAKES COMMUNITY BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Big Rapids:

  • W58CU (Channel 58; BIG RAPIDS, MI; Owner: TRIBUNE TELEVISION HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WWTV (Channel 9; CADILLAC, MI; Owner: HERITAGE B/CING COMPANY OF MICHIGAN)
  • WCMU-TV (Channel 14; MOUNT PLEASANT, MI; Owner: CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY)
  • WZZM-TV (Channel 13; GRAND RAPIDS, MI; Owner: COMBINED COMMUNICATIONS CORP. OF OKLAHOMA, INC.)
  • WPBN-TV (Channel 7; TRAVERSE CITY, MI; Owner: WPBN/WTOM LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, INC.)
  • WFQX-TV (Channel 33; CADILLAC, MI; Owner: ROCKFLEET BROADCASTING II, LLC)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)


See more detailed statistics of Big Rapids fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here


National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 6
Total length: 25 meters (82ft)
Total costs: $255,000,000
Total average daily traffic: 55,295
Total average daily truck traffic: 1,742

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Big Rapids)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 136 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Big Rapids, MI)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 19 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 16 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 102 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Big Rapids)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 20 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Big Rapids)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 61
  • Hazardous Condition: 46
  • Service Call: 2
  • Good Intent Call: 5

Incident types - Big Rapids


See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Big Rapids, MI

Most common first names in Big Rapids, MI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John8076.8 years
William7779.0 years
Robert6870.2 years
Mary6182.1 years
James6169.9 years
George5478.9 years
Charles5077.2 years
Dorothy4981.2 years
Ruth4783.0 years
Margaret4180.9 years
Most common last names in Big Rapids, MI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson3278.4 years
Smith2174.6 years
Miller2081.5 years
Nelson1881.7 years
Brown1680.9 years
Anderson1681.4 years
Vanalstine1675.5 years
Mursch1574.5 years
Tetzlaff1372.9 years
Hall1276.5 years
Businesses in Big Rapids, MI
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Maurices1
Applebee's1McDonald's1
Arby's1Meijer1
AutoZone1Menards1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Nike3
Burger King1Payless1
Dairy Queen1Pizza Hut1
Domino's Pizza1Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Fashion Bug1Quality1
FedEx2Quiznos1
GNC1RadioShack1
GameStop1Rite Aid1
Goodwill2Ruby Tuesday1
H&R Block1Sears1
Haworth2Sprint Nextel1
Holiday Inn1Staples1
JCPenney1Starbucks1
Jimmy John's1Subway1
Jones New York1Super 81
KFC1Taco Bell1
Kmart1U-Haul3
La-Z-Boy1UPS5
Lane Furniture1Vans2
Little Caesars Pizza1Walgreens1
Long John Silver's1Walmart1
Lowe's1Wendy's1
MasterBrand Cabinets1
Browse common businesses in Big Rapids, MI


Big Rapids on our top lists:

  • #48 on the list of "Top 100 cities with youngest residents (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #66 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of college students"
  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2004 Presidential Election"
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Top Patent Applicants
Top Patent Applicants
  • Peter Strom (10)
  • Shawn Andrus (2)
  • Valerie Lee Foos (1)
  • Sudhir B. Rao (1)
  • Keith J. Harper (1)
  • Timothy J. Jones (1)
  • Jeffrey B. Hardesty (1)
  • William A. Larson (1)

Total of 17 patent applications in 2008-2014.

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