Income/capita 27%
Household income 24%
Unemployment 22%
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IndexGrand RapidsMichiganNational
Income per capita$21,730$27,549$29,829
Median household income$42,019$50,803$55,322
Median income owner occupied$57,754$62,251$70,586
Median income renter occupied$26,116$28,598$35,192
Median earnings male$25,904$35,730$36,919
Median earnings female$20,598$22,948$26,250
Unemployment rate5.7%5.2%4.7%
Poverty level25.1%16.3%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Grand Rapids is 27% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Grand Rapids is 24% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids is 22% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Grand Rapids is 66% higher than the national average

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      Grand Rapids employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry6.9%0.5%
      Manufacturing sector22.1%2.3%
      Financial & insurance services3.4%4.3%
      Wholesale & retail services14.2%13.5%
      Public administration1.9%2.5%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities4.3%1.8%
      Education, health & social services14.7%36.1%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Forest Hills, MI27,667$119,473116.0%
      East Grand Rapids, MI11,297$118,393114.0%
      Byron Center, MI6,840$67,09021.3%
      Caledonia, MI1,871$66,95321.0%
      Rockford, MI6,044$60,5659.5%
      Grand Rapids, MI193,887$42,01924.0%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Mobile, AL193,717$38,75929.9%
      Sunrise Manor, NV192,873$39,40828.8%
      Salt Lake City, UT191,446$50,3539.0%
      Augusta, GA196,784$38,45830.5%
      Spring Valley, NV190,661$51,2287.4%
      Grand Rapids, MI193,887$42,01924.0%
      Source: The Grand Rapids, MI employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).