You will find that the Grand Rapids area is a great place to live and enjoy life with many things to offer and an abundance of fun things to do with family or friends. It is a community with a diverse population and friendly people. Located on the banks of the Grand River, it is 30 miles east of Lake Michigan. It is 50 miles north of Kalamazoo, Michigan and 60 miles west of the state capital, Lansing.

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Grand Rapids is the county seat of Kent County and is the second largest city in Michigan. The population of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area was just under 800,000 in the 2000 census. This makes it a city of almost perfect size for everyone. It is small enough that it is easy for people to get to know their neighbors, yet it is large enough to offer people many cultural and entertainment opportunities.

In the past, Grand Rapids was known almost exclusively for the manufacture of furniture. Thus, its nickname is “Furniture City.” However, in the past few decades the city has undergone an economic revival that has greatly diversified the economy. Now Grand Rapids is known for excellent job opportunities in the health care industry, consumer goods manufacturing, automotive manufacturing and of course, furniture manufacturing.

The Grand Rapids area was originally home to Hopewell Indians as long as 2,000 years ago. It then became home to Ottawa Indians. Europeans first settled the area in the early 1800s, most of whom were fur traders.

People that live in Grand Rapids will have the comfort of knowing that they live in a city that is committed to being at the forefront of technology. Throughout its history, Grand Rapids has been a city at the forefront of change. It was the first city in the United States to have a hydro-electric generator, way back in 1880. Grand Rapids was also the first city in the country to add fluoride to the municipal drinking water supply in 1945.

Grand Rapids has a very vibrant downtown. It has one of the best hotels in the country, the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. The Amway is home to some amazing gourmet restaurants, including the five star 1913 Room. The first JW Marriott Hotel in the Midwest is also downtown, the Grand Rapids JW Marriott.

Grand Rapids is also known for its excellence in the arts. Since the installation of the La Grande Vitesse sculpture in 1969 for the arts, Grand Rapids has held an annual arts festival downtown. This is just one of several arts festivals that take place throughout the year in Grand Rapids.

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