Grand Rapids is a relatively large city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 196,908 people and 63 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.
Also of interest is that Grand Rapids has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Grand Rapids telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.81% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
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.
The education level of Grand Rapids citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 38.77% of adults in Grand Rapids have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Grand Rapids in 2018 was $29,060, which is middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $116,240 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 15.74% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Grand Rapids include German, Dutch, Irish, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Grand Rapids is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.