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Overview
Population:189,340
Pop. Change:-4%
State: Michigan
Metro Area: Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metro Area
County: Kent County
City:Grand Rapids
Zip Code:49504, 49507, ... 6 total
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Grand Rapids's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metro Area

Profile: Mid-sized city

Location: West-central Michigan, 25 miles inland from Lake Michigan

Elevation: 803

Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

PROCON
Cultural amenitiesCold, cloudy winters
Diverse economySome urban decay
Attractive downtownIsolation

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. The surrounding area is agricultural and interesting. The tempering effect of Lake Michigan promotes a greater agricultural variety than otherwise found in many Midwestern locations, with berries, lettuce, flowers and such fruit trees as apple, peach, and cherry. Cultural and recreational amenities are above average with a strong performing arts component and abundant outdoor activities, including nearby beaches to the west. In part because of the agricultural environment, the area was attractive to 19th century Dutch settlers, some of whom started large, successful businesses. The Meijer (groceries) and Van Andel and De Vos families (Amway, now known as Alticor) have left large endowments and a large imprint on the city – the Van Andel Museum Center (a gem), the Van Andel Arena, the De Vos Performance Hall, Meijer Gardens – to name a few. As a result, the city has an outstanding set of performing and visual arts amenities for a city its size, and good minor league sports and other entertainment in addition. Downtown is clean and typically Midwestern and even slightly European in appearance where the Grand River flows through. West of the Grand lies an attractive redevelopment zone, home of the Van Andel Museum. Some areas of town, particularly south, remain gritty and industrial, but nice suburbs spread towards Hudsonville (southwest) Ada (more upscale and east) and west to wards Wyoming offer a lot of choices. At 150 miles from Detroit and 175 miles from Chicago, the location is relatively isolated from big-city amenities and services But high incomes and low living costs bring strong buying power (index 129.2) making this area is a good value for those who can take some dreary weather mainly in winter. Grand Rapids is located in the Grand River Valley, with high hills rising on either side to 1,020 feet. Lake Michigan moderates the continental climate. In comparison to other Midwestern locations, springs are cooler and later while falls are longer and warmer. Summer days are pleasantly warm with about 3 weeks of hot, humid weather. Most summer nights are comfortable. Hardwood trees make for a colorful fall. Winters are very cloudy, with numerous snow flurries and strong westerly winds. Prolonged cold waves are infrequent, but below-zero temperatures and continuous snow cover are common. First freeze is early October, last is May 1.

Interesting Facts about Grand_Rapids, Michigan

As of 2014, Grand Rapids's population is 189,340 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -4.01 percent.

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The median home cost in Grand Rapids is $103,500. Home appreciation the last year has been 4.80 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Grand Rapids's cost of living is 11.50% Lower than the U.S. average.

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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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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.


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Map Of Grand_Rapids

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Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Grand Rapids's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes