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 that you will notice about Grand Rapids is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Grand Rapids a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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 education level of Grand Rapids citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 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.