Grand Rapids metropolitan area

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Metropolitan Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids–Wyoming MSA
Grand Rapids–Muskegon–Holland CSA
CSA
Grand Rapids Riverfront
Grand Rapids Riverfront
Coordinates: 42°58′13″N 85°40′09″W / 42.9703°N 85.6691°W / 42.9703; -85.6691
Country  United States
State Michigan Michigan
Largest city GrandRapidsMI.png Grand Rapids
Counties
Population (2014)
 • MSA 1,027,703
 • CSA 1,421,374
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

The Grand Rapids metropolitan area - a triangular shaped Metro Triplex - fans out westward from the primary hub city of Grand Rapids, Michigan to the other two metro hubs of Muskegon and Holland. As of 2014, the metropolitan area has an estimated population of 1,027,703. The region, noted in particular for its western edge abutting the Lake Michigan shoreline and its beaches, is a popular tourist and vacation destination during the summer. Noted popular metro area beach towns include Grand Haven, Holland, Muskegon, and Saugatuck.

The metropolitan area is home to many attractions. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is located in the outskirts of Grand Rapids. Michigan's Adventure theme park is just north of Muskegon, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the DeVos Place Convention Center are both in downtown Grand Rapids. The Grand River flows through the metropolitan area and is noted for its fishing, kayaking, and canoeing.

Definitions[edit]

The Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of four counties in western Michigan, anchored by the cities of Grand Rapids and Wyoming. The MSA has a population of 1,027,703. It comprises four counties which include Barry, Kent, Montcalm, and Ottawa.[1]

The Grand Rapids – Muskegon – Holland Combined Statistical Area is the 2nd largest CSA in the U.S. state of Michigan (behind Metro Detroit). As of the 2010 census, the CSA had a population of 1,321,557. (1,421,374 2014 est.) The primary cultural and financial centers of the region are Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland. It includes the four counties in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metropolitan Statisical Area plus three metropolitan areas, adding Holland-Grand Haven in the county of Ottawa County, Muskegon-Norton Shores in Muskegon County, and one micropolitan area of Allegan in Allegan County for a total of seven counties. The Grand Rapids metropolitan area is part of the Great Lakes Megalopolis containing an estimated 54 million people.

Communities[edit]

Places with more than 50,000 inhabitants[edit]

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Unincorporated places[edit]

Demographics[edit]

2000 Census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 740,482 people, 272,130 households, and 188,192 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 85.71% White, 7.40% African American, 0.53% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.82% from other races, and 1.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.02% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $43,251, and the median income for a family was $49,715. Males had a median income of $37,853 versus $25,483 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $19,173.

2010 Census[edit]

As of the census of 2010, there were 774,160 people, 290,340 households, and 197,867 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 83.1% White, 8.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.8% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.4% of the population.

Education[edit]

The area also has campuses for Baker College, Ferris State University, Davenport University, Western Michigan University, and University of Phoenix, and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Economy[edit]

Further information: List of Michigan companies

Companies in the Grand Rapids metropolitan area[edit]

Culture and tourism[edit]

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