Walker, Michigan

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Walker is a city in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan and a suburb of Grand Rapids. The population was 21,842 at the 2000 census. Before incorporating as a city, it was known as Walker Township. The township was organized on December 30, 1837, the second to be organized in Kent County, and initially comprised all of the land in the county north of the Grand River.

Walker is home to the corporate headquarters of Meijer.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.4 square miles (65.9 km²), of which, 25.2 square miles (65.2 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (1.10%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 21,842 people, 8,805 households, and 5,379 families residing in the city. The population density was 868.3 per square mile (335.2/km²). There were 9,201 housing units at an average density of 365.8/sq mi (141.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.51% White, 1.47% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.98% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.75% of the population.

There were 8,805 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.14.

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