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. Much of the housing stock in Grand Rapids was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities, Grand Rapids isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Grand Rapids are a mix 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 that you will notice about Grand Rapids is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Grand Rapids a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
The population of Grand Rapids is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 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.