Big Rapids, Michigan

Big Rapids, Michigan
Location of Big Rapids, Michigan
Location of Big Rapids, Michigan
Big Rapids is located in Michigan
Big Rapids
Big Rapids
Location of Big Rapids, Michigan
Big Rapids is located in the United States
Big Rapids
Big Rapids
Big Rapids (the United States)
Coordinates: 43°41′56″N 85°28′52″W / 43°41′56″N 85°28′52″W / 43.69889; -85.48111
Country United States
State Michigan
 • Total4.56 sq mi (11.82 km2)
 • Land4.45 sq mi (11.51 km2)
 • Water0.12 sq mi (0.30 km2)
925 ft (282 m)
 • Total10,601
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,334.76/sq mi (901.39/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)231
FIPS code26-08300[4]
GNIS feature ID1619197[5]
WebsiteBig Rapids official website

Big Rapids is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 10,601 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Mecosta County.[6] The city is located within Big Rapids Township, but is politically independent. Big Rapids is home of the main campus of Ferris State University, a four-year public university, well known for its College of Pharmacy and the Michigan College of Optometry, as well as its NCAA Division I hockey team, the Bulldogs.


Big Rapids was settled in 1855 by George French and his brother Zera. It became the seat of Mecosta County in 1859. The village was platted in 1859. It was incorporated as a city in 1869.[7]

Other Languages
العربية: بيغ رابيدز
Bân-lâm-gú: Big Rapids (Michigan)
Deutsch: Big Rapids
español: Big Rapids
français: Big Rapids
italiano: Big Rapids
Кыргызча: Биг Рапидс
Nederlands: Big Rapids
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Big Rapids (Michigan)
português: Big Rapids
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Big Rapids, Michigan
svenska: Big Rapids
Volapük: Big Rapids