Grand Rapids, Wisconsin

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Population in 2010: 7,646. Population change since 2000: -2.0%
 
Males: 3,893  (50.9%)
Females: 3,753  (49.1%)
Median resident age:  44.8 years
Wisconsin median age:  42.6 years

Zip codes: 54494.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $77,983 (it was $62,515 in 2000)
Grand Rapids:

$77,983
WI:

$56,811

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $38,747 (it was $25,331 in 2000)

Grand Rapids town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $178,109 (it was $108,800 in 2000)
Grand Rapids:

$178,109
WI:

$173,200
  • Races in Grand Rapids, WI (2010)

    Grand Rapids races chart
    • 7,35796.2%White alone
    • 1001.3%Hispanic
    • 720.9%Asian alone
    • 530.7%Two or more races
    • 360.5%American Indian alone
    • 260.3%Black alone
    • 10.01%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 10.01%Other race alone

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Grand Rapids: 87.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (52.3%), Polish (15.4%), Irish (13.2%), Norwegian (10.0%), English (7.3%), French (5.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 20.8 square miles.

Population density: 368 people per square mile   (very low).

Grand Rapids,WI real estate house value index trend

For population 25 years and over in Grand Rapids:

  • High school or higher: 94.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.1%
  • Unemployed: 4.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Grand Rapids town:

  • Never married: 20.0%
  • Now married: 70.7%
  • Separated: 0.9%
  • Widowed: 2.9%
  • Divorced: 5.5%

136 residents are foreign born

This town:

1.7%
Wisconsin:

3.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Grand Rapids town:  1.7% ($1,881)
Wisconsin:  2.0% ($2,245)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Oshkosh, WI (65.1 miles , pop. 62,916).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (91.4 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (204.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Lake Wazeecha, WI (1.1 miles ), Wisconsin Rapids, WI (1.7 miles ), Biron, WI (2.0 miles ), Port Edwards, WI (2.1 miles ), Grant, WI (2.2 miles ), Saratoga, WI (2.3 miles ), Nekoosa, WI (2.7 miles ), Rudolph, WI (3.0 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 66 buildings, average cost: $117,900
  • 1998: 66 buildings, average cost: $132,700
  • 2000: 37 buildings, average cost: $146,500
  • 2001: 31 buildings, average cost: $152,100
  • 2002: 37 buildings, average cost: $141,200
  • 2003: 24 buildings, average cost: $162,900
  • 2004: 29 buildings, average cost: $153,400
  • 2005: 21 buildings, average cost: $162,200
  • 2006: 17 buildings, average cost: $157,800
  • 2007: 10 buildings, average cost: $162,000
  • 2008: 8 buildings, average cost: $151,000
  • 2009: 21 buildings, average cost: $201,300
  • 2010: 17 buildings, average cost: $152,200
  • 2011: 6 buildings, average cost: $156,900
  • 2012: 12 buildings, average cost: $192,900
  • 2013: 13 buildings, average cost: $271,100
  • 2014: 15 buildings, average cost: $214,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 44.37 N, Longitude: 89.77 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 715


Crime rates in Grand Rapids by Year
Type 2006 2007 2008 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Murders 0000000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 0110000031
per 100,000 0.012.913.10.00.00.00.00.040.013.4
Robberies 0010001100
per 100,000 0.00.013.10.00.00.013.113.20.00.0
Assaults 0000101210
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.013.00.013.126.413.30.0
Burglaries 241582511111091813
per 100,000 315.5193.8104.6340.3143.2143.4131.0118.6239.9174.1
Theft 30342750273432262354
per 100,000 394.3439.2353.1680.5351.6443.3419.2342.7306.5723.3
Auto thefts 3421211017
per 100,000 39.451.726.213.626.013.013.10.013.393.8
Arson 0000000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 266.2) 41.045.637.952.128.828.833.531.264.859.3

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

Crime rate in Grand Rapids detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 8 (6 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

0.80
Wisconsin average:

2.03
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.1%
Wisconsin:

3.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +840 (+12.1%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Paper (33%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (4%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Health care (3%)
  • Accommodation and food services (3%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Health care (13%)
  • Paper (13%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (15%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Computer specialists (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)

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

Average climate in Grand Rapids, Wisconsin

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Grand Rapids-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Wisconsin state average. It is 28% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/19/1957, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 20.4 miles away from the Grand Rapids town center killed one person and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 9/26/1951, a category F4 tornado 23.6 miles away from the town center killed 6 people and injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Grand Rapids-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Wisconsin state average. It is 89% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 205.9 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 420.7 miles away from Grand Rapids center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 395.8 miles away from the city center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 319.3 miles away from the city center
On 9/2/1999 at 16:17:29, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 183.8 miles away from Grand Rapids center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 419.5 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Wood County (10) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Birthplace of: Todd Liebenstein - Football player.

Hospitals and medical centers near Grand Rapids:

  • WISCONSIN RAPIDS NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI)
  • STRAWBERRY LANE MEDICAL AND REHAB (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI)
  • EDGEWATER HAVEN NUR HOME (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; PORT EDWARDS, WI)
  • STEVENS POINT CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • PORTAGE CTY HLTH CARE CTR (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • MINISTRY HC HSPC STEVENS POINT (Hospital, about 16 miles away; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • DAVITA - STEVENS POINT DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 16 miles away; STEVENS POINT, WI)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Grand Rapids:

  • Mid-State Technical College (about 2 miles; Wisconsin Rapids, WI; Full-time enrollment: 2,128)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (about 16 miles; Stevens Point, WI; FT enrollment: 9,089)
  • Northcentral Technical College (about 44 miles; Wausau, WI; FT enrollment: 3,356)
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (about 66 miles; Oshkosh, WI; FT enrollment: 10,637)
  • Fox Valley Technical College (about 66 miles; Appleton, WI; FT enrollment: 5,682)
  • Lawrence University (about 69 miles; Appleton, WI; FT enrollment: 2,821)
  • Moraine Park Technical College (about 79 miles; Fond du Lac, WI; FT enrollment: 3,079)

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Notable locations in Grand Rapids: Griffith State Nursery (A), Camp Sacajawea (B), Camp Peterson (C), Tri-City Golf Course (D), The Ridges Golf Course (E), Grand Rapids Volunteer Fire Department (F), Grand Rapids Municipal Building (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Wazeecha Lake 100 (A), Wazeecha Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Grand Rapids include: Restlawn Memorial Park (1), South Wood County Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Wood County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 60.9. This is better than average.

City:

60.9
U.S.:

74.7

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2001 was 3.05. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 2.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

3.05
U.S.:

1.91

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 36.3. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

36.3
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2002 was 10.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.5
U.S.:

9.4
Average household size:
This town:  2.6 people
Wisconsin:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  78.9%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  5.9%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

2.5%
Whole state:

8.7%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

1.5%
Whole state:

3.7%
8 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010

People in group quarters in Grand Rapids in 2000:

  • 9 people in other group homes
  • 6 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 5 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.6
Wisconsin average:

11.0

Grand Rapids travel time to work - commute Grand Rapids mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016

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Religion statistics for Grand Rapids town (based on Wood County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic27,05018
Evangelical Protestant16,32751
Mainline Protestant7,78525
Other9736
None22,614-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 9
Wood County:

1.22 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 34
Wood County:

4.61 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 65
Here:

8.81 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.6%
Wisconsin:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Wood County:

28.4%
Wisconsin:

27.5%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

11.3%
State:

13.0%

4.18% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,100 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.18%
Wisconsin average:

5.10%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Portage County, WI  0.60% ($29,123 average AGI)
from Marathon County, WI  0.56% ($31,557)
from Clark County, WI  0.29% ($28,099)


4.71% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,246 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.71%
Wisconsin average:

5.34%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Marathon County, WI  0.60% ($37,335 average AGI)
to Portage County, WI  0.52% ($36,297)
to Clark County, WI  0.27% ($34,212)

Strongest AM radio stations in Grand Rapids:

  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WFHR (1320 AM; 5 kW; WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI; Owner: WISCONSIN RAPIDS BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WSAU (550 AM; 20 kW; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WLBL (930 AM; 5 kW; AUBURNDALE, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WNAM (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEENAH-MENASHA, WI; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WRIG (1390 AM; 10 kW; SCHOFIELD, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WHBY (1150 AM; 25 kW; KIMBERLY, WI; Owner: WOODWARD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WDUX (800 AM; 5 kW; WAUPACA, WI; Owner: LAIRD BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WISN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WCCN (1370 AM; 5 kW; NEILLSVILLE, WI; Owner: CENTRAL WISCONSIN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Grand Rapids:

  • WGLX-FM (103.3 FM; WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI; Owner: WISCONSIN RAPIDS BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WIZD (99.9 FM; RUDOLPH, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC)
  • WYTE (96.7 FM; WHITING, WI; Owner: NEWRADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WLJY (106.5 FM; MARSHFIELD, WI; Owner: NEWRADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WMMA (93.9 FM; NEKOOSA, WI; Owner: STARBOARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WGNV (88.5 FM; MILLADORE, WI; Owner: EVANGEL MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WSPT-FM (97.9 FM; STEVENS POINT, WI; Owner: AMERICUS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WWSP (89.9 FM; STEVENS POINT, WI; Owner: BD. OF REGENTS OF UNIV. OF WISCONSIN)
  • WHRM (90.9 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WDEZ (101.9 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: W R I G, INC.)
  • WIFC (95.5 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WLBL-FM (91.9 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WXPW (91.9 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WHITE PINE COMMUNITY BROADCASTING, INC)

TV broadcast stations around Grand Rapids:

  • W24BV (Channel 24; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W60CI (Channel 60; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W16AY (Channel 16; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W18CS (Channel 18; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W40BC (Channel 40; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W62DA (Channel 62; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WDLS-LP (Channel 35; TOMAH, WI; Owner: MAGNUM RADIO, INC.)
  • W06BU (Channel 6; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W64AU (Channel 64; ADAMS, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 4Number of bridges
  • 5m16ftTotal length
  • $342,000Total costs
  • 11,360Total average daily traffic
  • 628Total average daily truck traffic
  • 12,690Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (83%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6%)
  • Wood (2%)
  • Electricity (1%)

Grand Rapids compared to Wisconsin state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.

Grand Rapids on our top lists:

  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Paper (population 5,000+)"
  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Paper (population 5,000+)"
  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Radio, TV, and computer stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Other production occupations including supervisors (population 5,000+)"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Food (population 5,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest number of police officers per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Food (population 5,000+)"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (population 5,000+)"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Petroleum and petroleum products merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (population 5,000+)"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Rail and water transportation workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Motor vehicle and parts dealers (population 5,000+)"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Printing workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #60 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest city-data.com crime index (population 5,000+)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Life and physical scientists (population 5,000+)"
  • #63 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Retail florists (population 5,000+)"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Health and personal care, except drug, stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #80 on the list of "Top 100 safest cities (lowest city-data.com crime index) (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #83 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Office supplies and stationery stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #93 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Warehousing and storage (population 5,000+)"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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