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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.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$37,224
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Grand Rapids demographic reports
Grand Rapids is on the Grand River.
Former and merged names include:
· Kent
Once a fur-trading center, mill and lumber town.

Long a focus of religious activity; the Christian Reformed Church is based here.

Public transportation: Interurban Transit Partnership (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 2,070. The number of murders and homicides was 11. The violent crime rate was 10.5 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 2002 movie, "Road to Perdition"
Well-known residents have included:
· President Gerald Ford
· Del Shannon, musician
· Johnny Benson, race car driver
Local bands (past and present) have included DeBarge
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Beaner?s Gourmet Coffee, It's a Grind, Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Festival of the Arts - June 1-3, 2007
  • Family Day & Herb Fest - Oct. 6-7, 2007
Dates often change. Check Grand Rapids web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Grand Rapids Symphony
Grand Rapids attractions: Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium, John Ball Zoo, Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park
Sports teams: Rampage (Arena Football League), Griffins (AHL)
Historic sites and museums: Gerald R. Ford Museum, Public Museum of Grand Rapids, Van Andel Museum Center, Voigt House Victorian Museum
Colleges and universities: Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Kendall College of Art and Design, Kuyper College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 124

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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 49507 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

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.

Education

24% of Grand Rapids residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Grand Rapids include Heartside Historic District, Heritage Hill Historic District, Ledyard Block Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Grand Rapids, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $465.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $814.


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Libraries

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

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Media outlets

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.

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Kent County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Grand Rapids political report.

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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

Traffic

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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