The small city of Belding is located in Ionia County near Grand Rapids and Lansing, Mich. This family-friendly community sits along rolling hills and offers its residents miles of access to the Grand River. People looking for Belding apartments for rent will love the ideal balance of small-town living and amenities. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 5,800 people call Belding home.
The first settler of Belding came to the region in 1832. The community was originally known as Broas Rapids, but the name changed in 1871. Ionia County has a long history of technology and industry, and that is still the case today.
The Grand Rapids metropolitan area is home to Steelcare, Herman Miller, Haworth, Knoll and American Seating ? five of the world's leading office furniture companies. Automotive parts, printing, graphic arts, plastics and chemicals, industrial machinery and grocery wholesalers make up a large portion of the economic base. Family-owned businesses and tourism are both large economic driving forces as well.
People looking for Belding rentals will enjoy the low cost of living, which is 20 percent lower than the national average. However, Belding is a fairly walkable, yet largely car-dependent community, according to Walkscore.com. The average commute time is around 27 minutes.
Belding is home to an extensive park system that includes pristine natural areas for recreation. The Lightning Bend Park spans 100 acres and is the largest park in the city. Residents can also take advantage of the Silk City Nature Trail, which runs between Water Street Park and Demorest Field. This trail winds along the flowing river and through towering trees.
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