Why Grand Rapids

Why Grand Rapids

Liveability & Culture


Downtown GR

Grand Rapids and the surrounding West Michigan community offer a friendly, welcoming environment for families as well as singles and couples. The city of Grand Rapids features many restaurants, nightclubs, theaters, museums and sports venues in a renewed and thriving downtown. Housing is very affordable and there are excellent school districts in the immediate area.

Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine is also located in downtown Grand Rapids, joining more than two dozen other colleges and universities that call West Michigan home.

Grand Rapids has a thriving art scene including ArtPrize, a three week, three square mile art competition, symphony, theater, opera, music and more.

Here are a few of the latest headlines about the great things happening in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We invite you to see it for yourself!


Recreation and Natural Beauty

West Michigan puts you close to miles of sugar sand beaches along Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore – recently named the Most Beautiful Place in America by Good Morning America. Recreational opportunities for water sports, beach going and sports fishing abound at hundreds of inland lakes as well as over 3,000 miles of shoreline along the Great Lakes. The state also has hundreds of miles of bike trails, championship golf courses, camping, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, kite surfing and more.

Pure Grand Rapids

Experience Family

Collaborative City


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