Grand Rapids, Michigan

city and county seat of Kent County, Michigan, United States

Grand Rapids is an American city in Michigan. Located in western Michigan, nearly 200,000 people were living here in 2020.

Grand Rapids
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
Coordinates: 42°57′40″N 85°39′20″W / 42.96111°N 85.65556°W / 42.96111; -85.65556
Country United States
State 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)
 • City198,893
 • RankUS: 115th
MI: 2nd
 • Density4,442.49/sq mi (1,715.26/km2)
 • Urban
605,666 (US: 70th)
 • Urban density2,207.6/sq mi (852.3/km2)
 • Metro
1,077,370[2] (US: 52nd)
 • CSA
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]

Former American president Gerald Ford grew up in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids is also the birthplace of Amway and the Meijer store chain.

Grand Rapids is the county seat of Kent County. It is the second largest city in the state, after Detroit. The third largest is Warren.

The city has many attractions, including the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and John Ball Park, which is a zoo. Grand Valley State University has a campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

Many Reformed Christians from Dutch ancestry live in Grand Rapids.


  1. "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 28, 2022. Retrieved May 21, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 20, 2021. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  3. "U.S. Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2001. Archived from the original on December 25, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2009.

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