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Grand Rapids is a city in Kent County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for river rapids.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Grand Rapids. For links to other places called Grand Rapids, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Grand Rapids is 42.963N. The longitude is -85.668W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 640 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 195,601.
Long a focus of religious activity; the Christian Reformed Church is based here.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Grand Rapids demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Kent County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Grand Rapids area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 49505 ZIP code.
13% of Grand Rapids residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Grand Rapids ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Grand Rapids was $17,661, compared with $21,587 nationally.
24% of Grand Rapids residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Historic districts in Grand Rapids include Heartside Historic District, Heritage Hill Historic District, Ledyard Block Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Grand Rapids, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $465. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $814.
Libraries in Grand Rapids include Cascade Branch Library, Gaines Township Library/Cutlerville, Grand Rapids Public Library, Madison Square Branch Library, Ottawa Hills Branch Library, Plainfield Branch Library, Seymour Branch Library, Van Belkum Branch at Creston, West Leonard Branch, West Side Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Grand Rapids include Grand Rapids Press
TV stations in Grand Rapids include WGVU, WOOD, WXMI, WZZM.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WBLU-FM.
Kent County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Grand Rapids political report.
Grand Rapids restaurants taking online reservations include Cygnus, Louis Benton Steak House, Noto's Old World Italian Dining, The 1913 Room, The Grill at the 1913 Room, The Sierra Room ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Grand Rapids workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 27 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Grand Rapids between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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