Grand Rapids, MI
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Grand Rapids is a relatively large city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 195,097 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.

Grand Rapids is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (12.67%), sales jobs (9.57%), and food service (8.09%).

Many people in Grand Rapids take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Grand Rapids citizens for affordable transportation.

The overall education level of Grand Rapids citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.63% of adults in Grand Rapids have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Grand Rapids in 2010 was $21,027, 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 $84,108 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.