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Grand Rapids, Ohio
Village
Businesses in downtown Grand Rapids.
Businesses in downtown Grand Rapids.
Location of Grand Rapids, Ohio
Location of Grand Rapids, Ohio
Location of Grand Rapids in Wood County
Location of Grand Rapids in Wood County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Wood
Township Grand Rapids
Area
 • Total 0.97 sq mi (2.51 km2)
 • Land 0.88 sq mi (2.28 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
Elevation
659 ft (201 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 965
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,004
 • Density 1,139.61/sq mi (439.84/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
43522
Area code(s) 419
FIPS code 39-31206
GNIS feature ID 1064745
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The Maumee River as seen from Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is a village in Grand Rapids Township, Wood County, Ohio, United States, along the Maumee River. The population was 965 at the 2010 census. Grand Rapids is served by a branch of the Weston Public Library.

History

Grand Rapids was originally called Gilead, and under the latter name was platted in 1833. A post office called Gilead was established in 1837, and the name was changed to Grand Rapids in 1868. The village was incorporated in 1885.

Geography

Grand Rapids is located at 41°24′39″N 83°52′01″W / 41.410801°N 83.866907°W / 41.410801; -83.866907.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.97 square miles (2.51 km2), of which 0.88 square miles (2.28 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 332
1890 572 72.3%
1900 549 −4.0%
1910 574 4.6%
1920 517 −9.9%
1930 589 13.9%
1940 614 4.2%
1950 657 7.0%
1960 670 2.0%
1970 976 45.7%
1980 962 −1.4%
1990 955 −0.7%
2000 1,002 4.9%
2010 965 −3.7%
2019 (est.) 1,004 4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 965 people living in the village. The population density was 1,096.6 inhabitants per square mile (423.4/km2). There were 429 housing units at an average density of 487.5 per square mile (188.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.5% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.9% of the population.

There were 385 households, of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the village was 38.9 years. 25.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.2% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 15.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

Trivia

  • At least two U.S. Presidents and one of the nation's preeminent explorers have spent time near the village. Future President William Henry Harrison passed through the north side of the village with Gen. Anthony Wayne's forces on their way to the Battle of Fallen Timbers. Serving with Harrison was William Clark, who several months later would meet Meriwether Lewis, and form the friendship that would be the basis of their expedition to the Pacific Ocean.
  • President Rutherford B. Hayes owned a hunting lodge on the north side of the Maumee River.


Notable residents

Grand Rapids is the hometown of Robyn Hancock, the 1996 Miss Ohio who represented Ohio in the Miss America contest. She previously held the title of Miss Crestline. The town was also the home of glass sculptor Dominick Labino, whose working studio remains in operation. Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient and Retired Navy SEAL Master Chief, Edward Byers, is from Grand Rapids and on 24 Sept 2020 had a road naming dedication in honor. State Route 65 was renamed to the "Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C Byers Jr Medal of Honor Recipient Highway". The portion of the highway that was renamed runs from the State Route 65 and 64 split through the rest of Wood county to Henry county.

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