Grand Rapids is a relatively large city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 201,013 people and 61 constituent neighborhoods, Grand Rapids is the second largest community in Michigan. Grand Rapids has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Grand Rapids is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Grand Rapids is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Grand Rapids who work in office and administrative support (11.05%), sales jobs (9.56%), and management occupations (7.80%).
Also of interest is that Grand Rapids has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing noticeable about Grand Rapids, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Grand Rapids is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Grand Rapids a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
The education level of Grand Rapids citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.41% of adults in Grand Rapids have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Grand Rapids in 2018 was $26,120, which is middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $104,480 for a family of four. However, Grand Rapids contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Grand Rapids is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Grand Rapids home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Grand Rapids residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Grand Rapids also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.10% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Grand Rapids include German, Dutch, Irish, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Grand Rapids is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.