Located in Kent County, Michigan, Wyoming is West Michigan’s 3rd biggest city and it is the state’s 14th largest. Highway 131 and Interstate 196 provide easy access to the community, and it has experienced steady population growth according to every census since 1890. As of the 2010 census, the population was 72,125. A large percentage of the population is married couples and families, and there are a number of neighborhoods that provide single-family homes.
First established as a mill town in 1832, Wyoming was one of the first settlements in Kent County. Over the following decades, the city grew slowly, but steadily, and in the 1960s, the community completed a number of new developments including the 28th Street Project, which included the creation of an indoor mall, one of the first in the country. Today, there are ten prominent industries, which contribute to the city’s economy. The top three employment industries include manufacturing, retail and health, followed closely by education, social services, transportation, warehousing and utilities. Wyoming’s manufacturing industry is the biggest in the Western portion of the state, and it puts out a number of products including plastics, electronics, food, industrial machinery, auto parts, fire engines and concrete supplies. As such, there are a number of opportunities in manufacturing for residents.
When not working, the community provides a range of activities. In recent years, there have been substantial efforts to revitalize the parks throughout the city, and it is currently home to 21. Old parks have been rebuilt with new equipment and extensive modern facilities including new skate parks. The city has also converted old unused rail lines into new bike trails promoting active lifestyles. More recently a community dog park has been added for owners. Additionally, the city built a new 48,950 square foot library, which serves the community and has become one of the most attended libraries in the Kent district. The Wyoming Historical Commission, Art Gallery and Library for the Blind are also housed in the building and provide additional cultural programs. The city possesses four school districts that include four high schools, four middle schools and 13 elementary schools. The city is also home to Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. Wyoming is positioned on the edge of the Snow Belt, and it experiences hot summers and cold and snowy winters. With an emphasis on active lifestyles, Wyoming is an excellent place to call home.