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 196,445 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Grand Rapids is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Grand Rapids is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Grand Rapids who work in office and administrative support (12.74%), sales jobs (9.50%), and food service (8.40%).

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.

In terms of college education, Grand Rapids is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 32.90% of adults in Grand Rapids have a college degree.

The per capita income in Grand Rapids in 2010 was $21,730, 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 $86,920 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 15.62% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Grand Rapids include 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.