Cedar Springs is located just 20 minutes north of Michigan’s second largest city, Grand Rapids. Situated in northern Kent County, Cedar Springs covers about 1.3 square miles and has a population of 3,112 based on the 2000 census. The community was named for the fine springs bordered by a grove of Cedar trees. Less than a mile from US 131, Cedar Springs provides easy access to the cultural amenities of the greater Grand Rapids area. Cedar Springs is an attractive community with tree-lined streets and a varied housing base. Taxes in Cedar Springs have remained steady with the City millage rate of 16.3414.
Cedar Springs has a small retail business district and a stable industrial base. The community has vast possibilities for future growth. Significant industry and business have been attracted to the Cedar Springs area, including Wolverine World Wide and various precision tool and die companies.
Cedar Springs is part of the Cedar Springs Public School district, which encompasses 110 square miles and is comprised of the City of Cedar Springs and 7 surrounding townships. Cedar Springs Public Schools are located on a single 100 acre campus near downtown Cedar Springs. The school system has recently completed a $27 million building and renovation project.
The Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Board is actively exploring new means to provide programs for youth and adults. The annual Red Flannel Festival was first celebrated in 1939, making it one of the oldest festivals in Michigan. Red Flannel Day takes place on the first Saturday in October to celebrate the famous “drop seat” red long johns and red flannel nightwear.
Overall, Cedar Springs is a desirable residential community with its own identity and charm. The City has all of the benefits of a small community, while simultaneously offering big city amenities.
High Quality of Life Throughout the County
Kent County is the fourth largest population center in Michigan. Covering 856 square miles, the County is home to 596,666 people. The County is composed of 21 townships, five villages and nine cities.
The greater Grand Rapids area forms the urban center of the County. Grand Rapids is known as the home of the 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford. The Gerald R. Ford Museum is located in the City of Grand Rapids and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is located within Kent County.
Kent County is the economic and manufacturing center of West Michigan. Major employers include Spectrum Health, Meijer Incorporated, Steelcase Incorporated, Alticor Incorporated and Spartan Stores. It is also the home of the Frederik Meijer Gardens, a significant cultural landmark of the Midwest.
Kent County offers a thriving arts community and a diverse range of entertainment options for every season. The County has over 50 parks, offering activities such as golfing, swimming, biking, roller blading, walking, cross country skiing, fishing, boating, camping and a variety of playing fields. The award-winning 12,000 seat Van Andel Arena, located in Grand Rapids, is home to the Griffins hockey team and the Rampage arena football team, as well as major concerts and sporting events. The Michigan White Caps call Fifth Third Ballpark their home. All of these venues are located within an easy 15-20 minute drive from Cedar Springs.
The County has experienced a favorable local economic environment for a number of years. The area has a diversified employment base, which adds to the strength of the local economy. During the past ten years, the unemployment rate has fluctuated from a decade low of 2.9% (1998) to a decade high of 7.9% (2003), only to descend once more to the current rate of 5.8%. Unemployment is expected to remain stable or decrease due to the expanding economy discussed above.