Did you know that Grand Rapids, Michigan was recently named as one of the hottest emerging cities in America? How about one of the best places to raise a family? Forbes Magazine raved about Grand Rapids in a recent article and people are listening.
Grand Rapids is the perfect blend of city living and a calm Midwestern lifestyle. Situated on the western side of Michigan, it is a short drive away from Lake Michigan and so much more. Just hop in your car and you can be 30 minutes away from beaches, shopping, historic sites and everything else that the beautiful state of Michigan has to offer.
If you are a fan of green living then Grand Rapids is one of the hottest places to visit and live. In fact, it was recently named the country's greenest city by Fast Company magazine. Companies across the city boast LEED-certified buildings and tourists and residents alike are loving the green lifestyle. If you want to connect with your community even more, you can visit the Downtown Market to meet local vendors, enjoy lunch on the rooftop bar and watch your kids play in the child-friendly demonstration kitchen.
Each year more people are moving to Grand Rapids for all of the benefits that it has to offer. I had the chance to speak with a Grand Rapids realtor recently and he told me that the Midwestern lifestyle emphasizes hard work, community and friendly people, all of which can be found in Grand Rapids. After Denver and Houston, Grand Rapids is third in the country for economic growth. Business is booming and even more businesses are set to open their doors in the coming years. A steady job market and affordable living make this city a great place to live and to visit.
Like any great city, Grand Rapids has a convenient public transit system to help you get around. Also known as "The Rapid", the local public transportation system is award-winning and helps visitors and residents access all areas of the city. Feel like walking? Within a 20 minute walking radius you can easily find museums, restaurants, bars, shopping and much, much more. Of course, you can always bring your own vehicle to explore Grand Rapids at your own pace.