Big Rapids, MI
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Big Rapids is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 10,397 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Big Rapids is the 107th largest community in Michigan.

Big Rapids is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.01% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Big Rapids is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Big Rapids who work in office and administrative support (14.68%), food service (10.46%), and sales jobs (10.02%).

Of important note, Big Rapids is also a city of artists. Big Rapids has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Big Rapids’s character.

Big Rapids is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Big Rapids area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Big Rapids maintain a good economy.

One of the benefits of Big Rapids is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.51 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

In terms of college education, Big Rapids is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.60% of adults in Big Rapids have a college degree.

The per capita income in Big Rapids in 2010 was $12,707, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $50,828 for a family of four. Big Rapids also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 44.03% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Big Rapids is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Big Rapids home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Big Rapids residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Big Rapids include Irish, Polish, Dutch, and English.

The most common language spoken in Big Rapids is English. Other important languages spoken here include Arabic and Spanish.