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Pros

-Cultural amenities
-Diverse economy
-Attractive downtown

Cons

-Cold, cloudy winters
-Some urban decay
-Isolation


What Bert Has To Say About Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metro Area


Grand Rapids is the primary cultural and business hub of western Michigan. Nearby hardwood forests made the city a notable furniture-producing center in the 19th and early 20th centuries. That industry continues today but has transitioned somewhat towards high-tech office furniture, serving as headquarters for such names as Steelcase and Herman Miller. The area is far less vulnerable to the ups and downs of the auto industry than most of Michigan.


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Quick Facts About Grand Rapids


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids is 6.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Grand Rapids jobs have Increased by 4.94 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Grand Rapids's cost of living is 11.50% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Grand Rapids's population is 189,340 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -4.01 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Grand Rapids is $103,500. Home appreciation the last year has been 4.80 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Grand Rapids public schools spend $12,709 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 18.4 students per teacher in Grand Rapids.

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Mostly good, BUT....
Lived in Grand Rapids 6 years (moved here for school and stayed for the job I got after graduating). For the most part, GR is great - when I first moved here I was... (read more)
Beautiful natural areas/clean city/DELICIOUS BEER
Having not grown up in Grand Rapids, I knew very little about the area when I first moved there for college. I was blown away. May through October, Grand Rapids is... (read more)
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