Grand Rapids is Michigan's second largest city with a metro population of around 1.3 million people. The city is situated on the Grand River for which it is named.
Ethnically, Grand Rapids is a very Dutch city, with more people of Dutch descent living here than any other place in the U.S. You'll notice two Dutch names more than any others here in GR, DeVos and VanAndel. Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel are the founders of Amway, one of the largest corporations in Grand Rapids. They've given back a tremendous amount to their city including The Grand Plaza Hotel, The JW Marriott, Van Andel Arena, and DeVos Hall just to name a few!
GR GOES GREEN
Grand Rapids is America's Greenest City according to Fast Company Magazine. It's a world leader in sustainability and has more LEED-certified buildings per capita than any other city in the country.
A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE!
GR is regularly named one of the best places to raise a family in the U.S!
GR has been known as the furniture capital of the world since the 1800's when it was the center of fine furniture making. We are now better known for our office and high end design furniture industry led by Steelcase and Herman Miller. Herman Miller produces the much sought-after Eames Chair.
FAMOUS FOLKS FROM GR
Grand Rapids is most famously known as the hometown of our 38th President, Gerald R. Ford. Other notable people from Grand Rapids include: Apollo 1 Astronaut Roger B. Chaffee, actor Taylor Lautner, Andy Richter, actress Gillian Anderson, soul legend Al Green, the Red Hot Chili Pepper's Anthony Kiedis, gospel legend Marvin Sapp, and last but certainly not least, renowned boxer Floyd Mayweather.
SYMBOL OF THE CITY
The symbol of Grand Rapids is 'the Calder' and you'll see references to it throughout the city, including on all of our street signs. The Calder 'aka La Grand Vitesse', is a sculpture that was commissioned from world-renowned artist Alexander Calder in the late 1960's. It stands on what is now known as Calder Plaza and is surrounded by City Hall.