Grand Rapids Real Estate Information

Grand Rapids is the second larges city in the state of Michigan and is found along the banks of the Grand River. As of 2000, the population was speculated to be 197,800. At an altitude of 610 feet, it’s within driving distance of Lake Michigan, Lansing, and Kalamazoo.

The weather in Grand Rapids is versatile, with weather ranging from a snow-filled cold to warm and humid summers. If you like snow, you’ll love Grand Rapids; with an average of 72” of snow each year, it’s one of the snowiest cities in the country. A good part of this snow is due to the lake effect with Lake Michigan so close by.

Historically, Grand Rapids has been known for automobile manufacturing and the furniture industry. More recently, health sciences have been moving into the area evident by the Van Andel Research Institute, Michigan State’s University medical school in Grand Rapids, and Grand Valley State University's Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. There’s even a stretch called “Medical Mile” here in Grand Rapids. The healthcare industry isn’t going anywhere either. There are many new developments in the works.

Other industries that Grand Rapids is known for are Christian publishing with Baker Books, Eerdmans Publishing, Kregel Publications, and Zondervan all found in the area. Also, the growing of apples, blueberries, and peaches is popular. Being close to Lake Michigan creates a favorable climate for farming them.

There are a variety of schools that call Grand Rapids home. Some of the private, religious colleges and universities found here are Grace Bible College, Calvin College, Kuyper College, Aquinas College, and Cornerstone University. Other higher education facilities here are ITT Technical Institute, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, Davenport University, and Western Michigan University. The distinguished Kendal College of Art and Design is also found in Grand Rapids.