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Organized as Walker Township in 1837, Walker, Michigan was incorporated as a city in 1962.

Walker is in western Kent County.

Situated along the Grand River, and accessed by I-96, US-131, M-11, M-37, and M-45, the city abuts Grand Rapids to the west. Other cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Walker include Grandville, Coopersville, Wyoming, Hudsonville, East Grand Rapids, Sparta, Kent City, Rockford, Casnovia, Ravenna, Kentwood, Fruitport, Cedar Springs, Spring Lake, Zeeland, Lowell, Grant, and Ferrysburg.

Reportedly, the first European-Americans to settle the area were the Samuel White and Jesse Smith families, who came from Canada in 1836. Other early surnames were Cordes, Covell, Edison, Hilton, O-Brien, Taber, and Turner.

Others soon followed, and Walker was first organized as Walker Township on December 30, 1837. Originally, the township boundaries included all of the lands within the county north of the Grand River, but, the following year, a portion of the township was split off to form Ada Township.

A post office was established as Indian Creek, for its principle stream, on December 30, 1847. Solomon Wright was the first postmaster. When the Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee Railroad came through in 1856, a station was established. The post office was renamed Walker on July 14, 1884, with Horace Austin as postmaster. On April 16, 1891, it was renamed North Grand Rapids, and the office was closed on August 29, 1894. Today, the city is served by Grand Rapids post offices, although Walker is an approved name for mailing purposes.

According to the city's website, the origins of the city's name are unknown because many of the original records of Walker Township were destroyed in a fire in the mid-1880s.

In 1867, townspeople raised funds to build a township hall on the southeast corner of what is now Leonard Street and Covell Street. The original wooden structure was later bricked, and was added to several times. However, in 1959, the township hall and the area around it were annexed to the City of Grand Rapids.

In 1962, faced with renewed threats to annex several industrial areas within the township to Grand Rapids, a petition was circulated and successfully voted on, to incorporate the remaining township as a city, which was made official on November 8, 1962. In the summer of 1964, a city hall was built on a former 15-acre apple orchard.

Since first appearing on a census roll in 1970 with a population of 11,492, the city has increased every decade, to a population of 25,132 in 2020.

The Walker Branch of the Kent District Library system is on Remembrance Road in Walker.

The city does not have its own school system. K-12 students in Walker attend campuses of Comstock Park Public Schools, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grandville Public Schools, or Kenowa Hills Public Schools. Campuses of Kenowa Hills Public Schools within the city include the Kenowa Hills Early Elementary Childhood Center, Kenowa Hills Central Elementary School, and Zinser Elementary School, while Grandville Public Schools operates Cummings Elementary School. Additionally, Walker Charter Academy, a National Heritage Academies school, is in Walker. Religious schools within the city include Covenant Christian High School and Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School, which are next to one another on the west side.

Home to the Grand Rapids Gold of the NBA G-League, an affiliate of the Denver Nuggets, is the DeltaPlex Arena in Walker.

The corporate headquarters of Meijer is in Walker, as is the headquarters for Bissell Homecare.

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