Community Guide

Community Guide

The City of Grand Rapids, as the second largest city in the state of Michigan, encompasses an area of approximately 45 square miles. It is located in west central Michigan, roughly 30 miles east of Lake Michigan. The Grand River, a major state waterway, runs through the city’s center. The city’s population is 197,800, per the 2000 census. Grand Rapids is the county seat of Kent County which boasts a population count of over 500,000, covering 856 square miles. Our metropolitan area has a population of over 1,000,000. The Grand Rapids area is saturated with rich heritage from multiple cultures.  The suburban areas that surround downtown are full of activities and community involvement. [table "14" not found /] Communities: Grand Rapids East Grand Rapids Forest Hills Rockford Kentwood Grandville & Jenison Wyoming Walker Plainfield Comstock...
About Grand Rapids

About Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids has a rich history.  Starting over 2,000 years ago, the Hopewell Indians, known for their large burial mounds, occupied the Grand River Valley. About 300 years ago, the Ottawa Indians moved into the area and lived in several villages along the river. When the British and French arrived, the Ottawa traded fur pelts for European metal and textile goods. One French trader named Louis Campau established a trading post here in 1826. Although he was not the first permanent white settler (that distinction falls to a Baptist minister named Isaac McCoy who arrived in 1825). Campau became perhaps the most important settler when, in 1831, he bought what is now the entire downtown business district of Grand Rapids from the federal government for...