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About Grand Rapids Twp, MI.

Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second largest city, is located 30 miles east of Lake Michigan along the Grand River. Grand Rapids was founded in 1826. The city was known for its mining and timber industries during the 19th century. It was this timber industry that helped Grand Rapids become a center for furniture manufacturing.
 
Grand Rapids is still nicknamed “Furniture City” as it is home to some of the world’s leading office furniture manufacturing companies. Grand Rapids is a cultural hub for Western Michigan featuring a number of concert venues, a symphony, a ballet company, and the state’s longest-running professional opera company. The city offers several pro and semi-pro sports teams including the West Michigan Whitecaps and the Grand Rapids Griffins. Grand Rapids is the birthplace of former president Gerald Ford and is home to the Gerald R. Ford Museum. The Grand Rapids Public School System and several charter school provide K-12 education for the city. Grand Rapids is also home to a number of public and private colleges and universities.
 
Grand Rapids has a population of 189,000 with a median age of 30.9. The population is made up of 68.18% White, 21.05% African-American, 15.94% Hispanic, 2.06% Asian, and 3.97% identifying as Other. Per capita income is below the national average at $20,147. Median household income is $39,070. Unemployment is 6.8%; however, the city does have a job growth rate of nearly 5%. Job growth is expected to exceed 40% over the next 10 years. Grand Rapids has a cost of living at 89% of the national average. Median home cost in Grand Rapids is $103,500. Homes in the area have increased in value by 4.8% over the past year. 
 
 

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