Cedar Springs, Michigan
|Cedar Springs, Michigan|
Location of Cedar Springs, Michigan
|• Total||2.10 sq mi (5.44 km2)|
|• Land||2.03 sq mi (5.26 km2)|
|• Water||0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)|
|Elevation||856 ft (261 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||3,551|
|• Density||1,728.6/sq mi (667.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0622953|
The city's official mission statement is "The City of Cedar Springs strives to be a great place to live, work and play."
Established as a lumber town in 1856, Cedar Springs boasted numerous lumber and shingle mills. The town was the northern terminus of the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad for two years and also was the crossing point for the east to west running Toledo, Saginaw and Muskegon Railway, which became the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, which was built through the town in 1888. The community was named for the fine springs bordered by a cedar grove.
Taxes in Cedar Springs have remained steady at a millage rate of $15 per $1,000. Cedar Springs has a small retail business district and a burgeoning industrial base. The community has vast possibilities for future growth. Significant industry and business have been attracted to the Cedar Springs area, including Wolverine World Wide and various precision tool and die companies.
The two top employers in Cedar Springs are the Cedar Springs Public Schools and Wolverine World Wide. The downtown has a variety of businesses including restaurants, hair salons, car dealerships, banks, among others.
The city is home to two high schools and several primary/middle schools:
- Cedar Springs High School (Students: 950 Grades: 09 - 12)
- New Beginnings Alternative High School (Students: 86 Grades: 09 - 12)
- Red Hawk Elementary School (Students: 450 Grades: 06)
- Cedar Springs Middle School (Students: 753 Grades: 07 - 08)
- Cedar Trails Elementary School (Students: 568; Grades: PK - 01)
- Cedar View Elementary School (Students: 548; Grades: 04 - 05)
- Beach Elementary School (Students: 468; Grades: 02 - 03)
- Hilltop School (Students: 300; Grades: K - 12)
- Creative Technologies Academy (Students: Unknown; Grades: K - 12)
The city is home to Cedar Springs Public Schools, a public school district which encompasses 110 square miles (280 km2) and serves the city and portions of Kent, Montcalm and Newaygo Counties. Cedar Springs Public Schools has a current enrollment of 2,768 students located on a single 100 acre (400,000 m²) campus near downtown Cedar Springs. The school system is currently completing a $27 million building and renovation project. Cedar Springs High School has North Central Accreditation.
Total General Fund Expenditure Per Pupil (RPS): $ 5,089.03
- Mayor: Mark Fankhauser
- Mayor Pro Tem: Charlie Watson
- City Manager: Thad Taylor
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.10 square miles (5.44 km2), of which, 2.03 square miles (5.26 km2) of it is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.
- Indian Trails provides daily intercity bus service between Grand Rapids, Michigan and Petoskey, Michigan.
Kent County is the fastest growing county in the State of Michigan according to a recent survey, its current population being over 500,000. For population 25 years and over in Cedar Springs:
- High school or higher: 79.4%
- Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.7% (below state average)
- Graduate or professional degree: 3.6%
- Unemployed: 8.3%
- Mean travel time to work: 25.0 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Cedar Springs city:
- Never married: 29.8%
- Now married: 47.2%
- Separated: 2.0%
- Widowed: 6.1%
- Divorced: 14.9%
2.4% Foreign born (2.0% Latin America, 0.4% Europe).
As of the census of 2010, there were 3,509 people, 1,215 households, and 887 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,728.6 inhabitants per square mile (667.4 /km2). There were 1,307 housing units at an average density of 643.8 per square mile (248.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.3% White, 0.8% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2% of the population.
There were 1,215 households of which 47.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 21.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.0% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.23.
The median age in the city was 29.6 years. 32.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.2% were from 25 to 44; 19.2% were from 45 to 64; and 9.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,112 people, 1,115 households, and 774 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,701.9 per square mile (656.6/km²). There were 1,175 housing units at an average density of 642.6 per square mile (247.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.85% White, 0.29% African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 1.19% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.82% of the population. The ancestries of the city are 24% German, 14.2% American, 13.7% Dutch, 9.8% Irish, 9.5% English, and 7.4% Polish.
There were 1,115 households out of which 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the city the population was spread out with 31.3% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 15.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29.6 years (below state average). For every 100 females there are 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,542, and the median income for a family was $42,250. Males had a median income of $37,708 versus $23,056 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,040. About 12.4% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.4% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.
- Bert Carr - college football player with U of M in the 1890's.
- Mike Huckleberry - former member, Michigan House of Representatives.
- Charles Kelly - historian.
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "GRAND RAPIDS-CADILLAC-TRAVERSE CITY-PETOSKEY". Indian Trails. January 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
- Cedar Springs, Michigan Official Website
- Chamber of Commerce
- Cedar Springs Public Schools
- Cedar Springs Public Library
- Official Red Flannel Festival