Belding is a city in Ionia County in the U.S. state of Michigan, completely surrounded by Otisco Township, Michigan. The population was 5,757 at the 2010 census.
In 1838, six years before John Green came to the area that later would bear his name, Levi Broas, Belding's first settler, arrived in the area. The community first was known as Broas Rapids, later Patterson Mills and even, during logging days, as Hog Wallow. The name Belding was chosen in 1871 to honor the Belding family.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.90 square miles (12.69 km²), of which, 4.72 square miles (12.22 km²) of it is land and 0.18 square miles (0.47 km²) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,757 people, 2,161 households, and 1,473 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,219.7 inhabitants per square mile (470.9/km²). There were 2,442 housing units at an average density of 517.4 per square mile (199.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.2% White, 0.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.0% of the population.
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