Fun Facts

• Grand Rapids is located just 30

  miles east of the sandy beaches of

  Lake Michigan, and within three

  hours of Detroit and Chicago.


• With a metropolitan population of

  650,000, Grand Rapids is

  Michigan’s second largest city.


• Grand Rapids was named by

  Fortune magazine as one of the

  Top 10 Best Cities for Business in

  the U.S.


• There are 28 public golf courses

   with many only minutes from

   downtown Grand Rapids.


• In April 2004, Grand Rapids was

  named as one of America’s Most

  Livable Communities by the

  Partners for Livable Communities.



Grand Rapids Visitors & Convention Bureau

Michigan's West Coast Website

Best Michigan Website - Regional & Statistical Data on West Michigan

West Michigan Tourist Association

Kent County Quick Facts from U.S. Census Bureau


Living in West Michigan

Life in West Michigan living is convenient, sophisticated, and affordable.

Sports and leisure activities abound in this county. Award-winning golf courses, skiing, fly-fishing, and bike trails await the outdoor enthusiast. Other cultural amenities include the second largest community theater in the country, one of the longest running symphonies, and the state’s only professional ballet company.


West Michigan is also home to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, the most significant outdoor sculpture park in the Midwest and the state’s largest botanical garden. Millennium Park is set to become one of the nation’s largest urban parks with 1,500 acres of publicly owned, urban green space. Recreational activities include a sandy swimming beach, beach house, picnic facilities, play areas, as well as paved trails for cycling, walking, running and inline skating.

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