Byron Center is a small community located in Western Michigan just 14 miles southwest of the city of Grand Rapids. While Grand Rapids deservedly grabs a large amount of attention when it comes to up and coming cities in Michigan, there are many communities surrounding Grand Rapids that also deserve attention – including Byron Center. Whether you are looking for a great community to raise your kids, or in search of a place to spend a great weekend, Byron Center is a great place to be!
About Byron Center
The population of Byron Center is roughly 6,000 as of the 2000 census and real estate statistics indicate that the population is growing.
The Byron Center Public School system is the public school system that most children residing in Byron Center attend. This includes Brown Elementary, Countryside Elementary, Marshall Elementary, Nickels Intermediate, Byron Center West Middle and Byron Center High School.
The Byron Center High School provides a community pool with swimming opportunities for all ages.
Businesses in Byron Michigan
Historically the community of Byron Center has been centered around farming and agriculture and that remains a large part of the economic activity of Byron Center to this day. Much of the corn, onions, lettuce and celery you may find at farmers markets around Michigan comes from local farmers in Byron Center.
Economic activity in Byron Center has been booming over the past few decades in part because Byron Center is diversifying its economy. Businesses involved in the manufacturing, distribution and industrial sectors have established themselves in Byron Center, including SpartanNash – a wholesale grocery distributor, and Proficient Machine and Automation – a manufacturer of custom automation machines and equipment.
Things to Do
While large shopping malls are effective, be sure to explore the family owned shops in the Byron Center business district too.
On a nice summer day, take a walk through Douglas Walker Park. The park has a horseshoe court, softball and baseball fields, and is connected to the Kent Trails.
Many golfers come to Byron Center from all over Western Michigan to play at Ironwood Golf Course or Railside Golf Course. Both are fantastic and affordable options for all levels of golfers.
The Master Arts Theatre specializes in events and plays and it is easy to catch a show on a weekend or weeknight.
The Van Singel Fine Arts Center is a great venue for all ages. Located next to the Byron Center High School, it is easy to get to and provides events that attract visitors from all over Michigan. See some live music, view an art exhibit or catch one of their touring stage shows in a fantastic facility. Check out their Calendar page to view upcoming events.
The Byron Center Museum & Historical Society is located in the Old Town Hall building dating back to 1870. There are many displays featuring the history of Byron Center and the transitions of the community throughout time.