Grand Rapids, MI
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Living in Grand Rapids


Grand Rapids is a relatively large city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 198,829 people and 61 constituent neighborhoods, Grand Rapids is the second largest community in Michigan. Grand Rapids has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Grand Rapids isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Grand Rapids are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Grand Rapids is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Grand Rapids who work in office and administrative support (12.44%), sales jobs (9.60%), and food service (8.12%).

One thing noticeable about Grand Rapids, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Grand Rapids is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Grand Rapids a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

A lot of people in Grand Rapids take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Grand Rapids, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The population of Grand Rapids is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.66% of adults in Grand Rapids have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Grand Rapids in 2010 was $23,225, which is middle income relative to Michigan, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,900 for a family of four. However, Grand Rapids contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Grand Rapids is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Grand Rapids home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Grand Rapids residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Grand Rapids also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.35% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Grand Rapids include German, Dutch, Irish, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Grand Rapids is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.