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Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Grand Rapids is a city and county seat of Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan.[4] At the 2020 census, the city had a population of 198,893[5] which ranks it as the second most-populated city in the state after Detroit. Grand Rapids is the central city of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area, which has a population of 1,087,592 and a combined statistical area population of 1,383,918.[2]

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Images from top to bottom, left to right: downtown cityscape, Meyer May House, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum,
La Grande Vitesse, pedestrian bridge over the Grand River, Van Andel Arena, Van Andel Institute on the Medical Mile
One of the two versions of the flag of Grand Rapids, used by the city government in an official matter.
One of the two versions of the flag of Grand Rapids, commonly used as a civil flag.
Official seal of Grand Rapids
Official logo of Grand Rapids
GR, River City, Beer City, Furniture City
Motu Viget (Latin)
(English: "Strength in activity")
Interactive map of Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids is located in Michigan
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Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids is located in the United States
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Grand Rapids
Coordinates: 42°57′40″N 85°39′20″W
CountryFlag_of_the_United_States.svg United States
StateFlag_of_Michigan.svg Michigan
Incorporated1838 (village)
1850 (city)
  TypeCity commission
  MayorRosalynn Bliss (D)
  ManagerMark Washington
  ClerkJoel Hondorp (R)
  City45.63 sq mi (118.19 km2)
  Land44.78 sq mi (115.97 km2)
  Water0.86 sq mi (2.22 km2)  1.92%
640 ft (200 m)
  RankUS: 115th
MI: 2nd
  Density4,442.49/sq mi (1,715.26/km2)
605,666 (US: 70th)
  Urban density2,207.6/sq mi (852.3/km2)
1,077,370[2] (US: 52nd)
1,412,470[2] (US: 42nd)
DemonymGrand Rapidian
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
49501–49508, 49510, 49514–49516, 49518, 49523, 49525, 49534, 49546, 49548, 49555, 49560, 49588, 49594
Area code616
FIPS code26-34000
GNIS feature ID0627105[3]

Situated along the Grand River approximately 25 miles (40 km) east of Lake Michigan, it is the economic and cultural hub of West Michigan, as well as one of the fastest-growing cities in the Midwest.[6] A historic furniture manufacturing center, Grand Rapids is home to five of the world's leading office furniture companies and is nicknamed "Furniture City". Other nicknames include "River City". The city and surrounding communities are economically diverse, based in the health care, information technology, automotive, aviation, and consumer goods manufacturing industries, among others.

Grand Rapids was the childhood home of U.S. President Gerald Ford, who is buried with his wife Betty on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in the city.[7] The city's Gerald R. Ford International Airport and Gerald R. Ford Freeway are named after him.

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