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About East Grand Rapids, MI.

East Grand Rapids is a green and forested city, home to the historic and nationally acclaimed Reeds Lake and the smaller yet equally beautiful Fisk Lake, both located in the city's northeast. East Grand Rapids was originally settled by the Reed family from New York City in the early 1830s and the city's first school was opened 4 years later, with what is believed to be the first schoolhouse in the region built in the city a year after that. By the 1870s, Reeds Lake became a popular tourist destination, jumpstarting the small town's economy.
 
The city gained national recognition when President Gerald Ford fell in love with the city and adopted East Grand Rapids as his legal residence, despite the fact he had been living in the Washington, D.C. area for over 25 years. Since then, celebrities of all types have either made East Grand Rapids their home or visit it regularly, including Adam Herz, the writer behind the American Pie movies, Chris van Allsburg, author of The Polar Express, and Peter Secchia, the former ambassador to Italy. It is now home to a high school, a middle school and three elementary schools. East Grand Rapids High holds more than 110 state titles in almost every sport.
 
East Grand Rapids is a small town with just over 10,000 residents. Of these residents, almost 96% are White and 1% are Asian, with most residents in their early 40s. Everyone in East Grand Rapids over the age of 25 has finished high school, with over 79% of them holding a bachelor's degree and over 33% holding a graduate degree. Most residents work in the education, healthcare and, surprisingly, manufacturing industries. Those who do work in manufacturing most often serve as company representatives or legal consultants rather than laborers, however.

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