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Big Rapids is a city in Mecosta County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the river rapids
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Big Rapids. For links to other places called Big Rapids, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Big Rapids is 43.698N. The longitude is -85.483W.

It is in the Ludington time zone. Elevation is 925 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 10,797.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$20,192
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Big Rapids demographic reports
Big Rapids is on the Muskegon River
Former and merged names include:
· Leonard
Once a lumbering center
Local festivals include:
  • Mecosta County Fair - July 8-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Big Rapids web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Mecosta County Historical Museum
Colleges and universities: Ferris State University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Big Rapids demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Mecosta County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 49307 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

25% of Big Rapids residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Big Rapids ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Big Rapids was $10,719, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

32% of Big Rapids residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Big Rapids, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $419.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $728.


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Libraries in Big Rapids include Big Rapids Community Library ... View libraries

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Politics

Mecosta County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Big Rapids political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Big Rapids workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Big Rapids between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Big Rapids include Country Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Hotel, Quality Inn & Suites, Super 8.

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DUPLICATE NAMES
Other MI communities named Big Rapids:
  �Mecosta County township

MI communities formerly known as Big Rapids:
  �Owosso, Shiawassee County

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