Wyoming, MI


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About Wyoming, MI

Wyoming, Michigan is a vibrant city located in the western corner of the United States. Home to attractions such as Grand Rapids Public Museum and The 8th Street Marketplace visitors can explore outdoor activities and historical sites when visiting Wyoming. There are also plenty of museums, galleries, and performance venues such as The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and The Rockford Opera House. For entertainment, visitors can explore boutique shops and restaurants along with movie theaters and live music clubs. Whether you're looking for a peaceful retreat or an exciting night out, Wyoming has something for everyone! Mid-sized city - West-central Michigan, 25 miles inland from Lake Michigan.

State: Michigan
County: Kent County
Metro Area: Grand Rapids-Kentwood Metro Area
City: Wyoming
Zip Codes: 49548 49519 49509
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 803 ft above sea level

Grand Rapids is the primary cultural and business hub of western Michigan. Nearby hardwood forests made the city a notable furniture-producing center in the 19th and early 20th centuries. That industry continues today but has transitioned somewhat towards high-tech office furniture, serving as headquarters for such names as Steelcase and Herman Miller. The area is far less vulnerable to the ups and downs of the auto industry than most of Michigan.

The surrounding area is agricultural and interesting. The tempering effect of Lake Michigan promotes a greater agricultural variety than otherwise found in many Midwestern locations, with berries, lettuce, flowers and such fruit trees as apple, peach, and cherry. Cultural and recreational amenities are above average with a strong performing arts component and abundant outdoor activities, including nearby beaches to the west.

In part because of the agricultural environment, the area was attractive to 19th century Dutch settlers, some of whom started large, successful businesses. The Meijer (groceries) and Van Andel and De Vos families (Amway, now known as Alticor) have left large endowments and a large imprint on the city – the Van Andel Museum Center, the Van Andel Arena, the De Vos Performance Hall, Meijer Gardens – to name a few. As a result, the city has an outstanding set of performing and visual arts amenities for a city its size, and good minor league sports and other entertainment in addition.

Downtown is clean and typically Midwestern and even slightly European in appearance where the Grand River flows through. West of the Grand lies an attractive redevelopment zone, home of the Van Andel Museum. Some areas of town, particularly south, remain gritty and industrial, but nice suburbs spread towards Hudsonville (southwest) Ada (more upscale and east) and west towards Wyoming offer a lot of choices. At 150 miles from Detroit and 175 miles from Chicago, the location is relatively isolated from big-city amenities and services. However, high incomes and low living costs make this area a good value for those who can take some dreary winter weather.

Grand Rapids is located in the Grand River Valley, with high hills rising on either side to 1,020 feet. Lake Michigan moderates the continental climate. In comparison to other Midwestern locations, springs are cooler and later while falls are longer and warmer. Summer days are pleasantly warm with about 3 weeks of hot, humid weather. Most summer nights are comfortable. Hardwood trees make for a colorful fall. Winters are very cloudy, with numerous snow flurries and strong westerly winds. Prolonged cold waves are infrequent, but below-zero temperatures and continuous snow cover are common. First freeze is early October, last is May 1.

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Wyoming Cost of Living
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Cultural amenities, diverse economy, and attractive downtown make Wyoming a great place to live.

$224,200
-50.8% lower than avg
$61,128
-12.9% lower than avg
$857 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-34.0% lower than avg
Wyoming Crime
33.1 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in Wyoming, Michigan
$42,840
for a family
$38,000
for a single person
Pros & Cons of Wyoming
   Cultural amenities
Cold, cloudy winters
   Diverse economy
Some urban decay
   Attractive downtown
Isolation
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I lived in Wyoming, and it is relatively safe compared to the 49504 or 49503 areas of Grand Rapids. The gang activity is growing, mostly as you get closer to city/28th  More

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Over 15 years ago

Michigan State University is expanding its medical school into the Grand Rapids area, which should improve the quality of an already good health care  More

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Over 16 years ago

Jobs could be better than they are and housing would be nice for the market to  More

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