Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

The Grand Rapids-Wyoming MSA is a four country metropolitan area located in western Michigan about thirty miles off the shore of Lake Michigan.

Although the area saw a downturn in the population during the early 21st century, it has recently begun to grow once again, with a steady population increase over the last seven to eight years. With the city of Grand Rapids itself seeing new migrants and immigrants settle within its borders, and with steadily expanding suburbs, the city is estimated to continue its recent growth on into the relatively distant future,

Total Population: 1,038,583

(An increase of 5.02 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 47,099
  • Language Spoken at Home - 70,029

Quick Facts

  • The Grand Rapids MSA is also the second largest in the state of Michigan.

  • The largest foreign-born ethnic group in Grand Rapids is Latino comprising approximately 45% of the immigrant population, and the Latino population has seen steady growth over the last two decades.

  • Approximately 32% of high school students in Grand Rapids are first or second generation Hispanics.


Historically, Grand Rapids has never had a significant immigrant population. However, recently the area has slowly seen a rise in the foreign-born population.

The largest and fastest growing people group are the Latinos. Over the past two decades, the greater Grand Rapids area has seen a decent amount of Hispanic families settle in and around the city, especially from the countries of Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala.

In the past, the Asian population in the area has been almost nonexistent, but as of the last ten years, more and more Asians are moving to the Grand Rapids area. There has been a significant influx of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants to both the city and the surrounding suburbs.

People Group Highlights

Displaying 1-25 of 26 results.
PG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism5,473
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism1,162
SerbSerbiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity406
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox1,288
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox719
Ethiopian, AmharaEthiopiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaChristianity - Orthodox494
DominicanDominican RepublicAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal887
SalvadoranEl SalvadorAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal432
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant852
LiberianLiberiaSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanChristianity - Protestant221
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic400
PolePolandEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic598
French-CanadianCanadaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic2,500
CubanCubaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,914
ColombianColombiaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic346
Filipino, TagalogPhilippinesSoutheast Asian PeoplesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic602
Arab, Lebanese (Christian)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldChristianity - Roman Catholic2,380
Hmong, WhiteLaosEast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions360
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism272
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism541
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam166
Arab, JordanianJordanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam159
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam366
BosniakBosnia and HerzegovinaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesIslam10,000
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni1,336

Ethnic Links

Asian Center- A good website for information on Asian people groups located in the greater Grand Rapids area.

West Michigan Asian American Association- A good place for information on Asians located in the western Michigan area.

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