So you are moving to Grand Rapids?
Welcome to one of the Greatest Cities in America!
If you are already convinced that Grand Rapids is the place for you, or if you are moving here for a job or for family, then you will want to check out our neighborhood pages which are designed to help you find the perfect place to live in Grand Rapids.
On the other hand, if you are considering Grand Rapids amongst a number of other potential locations, then read on to discover why you should move it to the very top of your list! Grand Rapids is named for the Grand River Rapids that once rushed through the downtown core, bringing logs and people into the city. Since that time, the river has become one of Grand Rapids’s most under-utilized assets. However, in recent years, efforts to restore the rapids to their original state have begun in earnest.
The River is becoming a symbol of the ingenuity and the attitude of the people who live in Grand Rapids. We love our city and we are continually looking for ways to make it better. Old buildings get renovated. New Buildings are built. Better Highways are planned for. Better Transportation is coming. The river is better. The sports teams are getting better! Sidenote:
Dear franchise owners. Please bring your professional sports team to Grand Rapids. It is the one thing we lack… although I think that we might just create our own with the Boys in Blue! in the meantime, my hat is off to the Griffins and the Whitecaps!
Art, Music, Sport, Dance, Recreation, Science, Food
If you come to live in Grand Rapids from a big city, there are 4 major things that you can expect to miss out on. Smog, Noise,Traffic and Crime. We apologize to those of you who are enamored by these aspects of City Life. If you cannot live without these 4 things, then you probably don’t want to live in Grand Rapids.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a city where it is easy to find work, come live in Grand Rapids. Our unemployment rate is consistently amongst the lowest in the nation due to the diversity of industry and our economic strength. We do a lot of furniture, and a lot of medical. We dabble in auto but we don’t depend on it like Detroit. Tech is up and coming with some new incubators that have recently launched.
If you are looking for a city with a heartbeat, come live in Grand Rapids! Artists and Musicians thrive here due to incredible support of some of our cities most influential business’. If you haven’t heard of ArtPrize…. click the link. It’s crazy.
If you like eating. You might want to live in Grand Rapids. Ok….this is a passion of mine, and seriously, I would advise anyone who loves food to just pack their belongings and move here right now. I don’t know how it happened, but Grand Rapids has become a destination for all things food. And wine. And Beer.
If you are moving for Work or Play, Grand Rapids has you covered! Oh! I nearly forgot! We were listed as the #1 place for families by Forbes Magazine… and ALSO #1 place to invest in property. Conclusion – You should live in Grand Rapids where everything is awesome. …. and this lake.
Safety, Community, Friendly, Fun
Make no mistake, Grand Rapids is a Big City. It has everything that you would expect to find in a thriving Metropolitan area, BUT – Grand Rapids hasn’t lost it’s sense of small town community! Grand Rapids is bustling… not busy. It’s friendly, not fast. It’s laid back and it’s not likely you will get lost.
It isn’t a perfect city, but for a city of our size, it is very safe, very friendly and very fun. If small town is your thing, then you will want to check out some of the surrounding neighborhoods such as Ada, or Forest Hills.
Here is a small sampling of the properties available right now in Grand Rapids.
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