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About Belding, MI.

The City of Belding is a great place to raise a family, grow a business, find a bright future. Explore our rich history, abundant natural resources, and many opportunities. 

 

HISTORY 

In 1838, Levi Broas, Beldings first settler arrived in the area.  Belding was first known as Broas Rapids, it was later called Patterson Mills and then Hog Wallow.  The name Belding was chosen in 1871 to honor the Belding family.  Belding’s first silk factory started in 1887.  It was sponsored and financed by the Belding family, they were afraid it was going to fail so they chose to call it the Richardson Mill. 

 

 
EDUCATION

Belding, MI has seven schools, 6 public and 1 private.  Belding consists of two school districts, the Belding School District and Grattan Academy School District.

There are 4 Belding elementary schools, 2 Belding middle schools and 2 Belding high schools.

Belding public schools spend $5,254 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $6,058. There are about 15 students per teacher in Belding.

 

 

POPULATION

As of 2009, Belding’s population is 5,742 people.  Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 0.12 percent.  The median home cost in Belding is $98,650.  Home appreciation the last year has been -9.10 percent.  Compared to the rest of the country, Belding’s cost of living is 22.37% lower than the U.S. average.  The unemployment rate in Belding is 8 percent (U.S. avg. is 8.50%). Belding jobs have decreased by 10.70 percent.  The average age is 33 years old and the median income is $40,270.

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