East Grand Rapids is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 11,731 people and three constituent neighborhoods, East Grand Rapids is the 106th largest community in Michigan.
East Grand Rapids home prices are not only among the most expensive in Michigan, but East Grand Rapids real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
East Grand Rapids is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 95.51% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, East Grand Rapids is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in East Grand Rapids who work in management occupations (20.66%), sales jobs (12.33%), and healthcare (10.78%).
Of important note, East Grand Rapids is also a city of artists. East Grand Rapids has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape East Grand Rapids’s character.
Also of interest is that East Grand Rapids has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in East Grand Rapids telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.69% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, East Grand Rapids is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
East Grand Rapids is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, East Grand Rapids’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
If knowledge is power, East Grand Rapids is a pretty powerful place. 78.26% of the adults in East Grand Rapids have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in East Grand Rapids in 2010 was $57,488, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $229,952 for a family of four.
The people who call East Grand Rapids home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of East Grand Rapids residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in East Grand Rapids include German, Irish, English, Dutch, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in East Grand Rapids is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.