Living in Grand Rapids
There’s the city and then there’s the region that claims this name.
The city of Grand Rapids is divided into quadrants: NE, NW, SE, SW and downtown. Each area has its own flair. Architecture depends primarily on when that part of town was developed and can vary widely from one neighborhood to the next. (And often even from one street to the next!)
The core of Grand Rapids has seen rapid growth and redevelopment since the opening of VanAndel Arena in 1998 — and the city shows no sign of slowing.
Grand Rapids may be a small city on paper, but its cultural scene is booming, thanks to ArtPrize and the many museums in the city.
Foodies are surprised when they find the great number of local eateries hidden along our streets, and it’s even better when they discover they are living in Beer City, USA.
Grand Rapids Suburbs and Neighborhoods
Towns, cities, and suburbs surrounding Grand Rapids also have a flavor of their own. Some communities are primarily agricultural like Caledonia; others, like Grand Haven, are situated on Lake Michigan and are a mecca for beach life (and tourism).
No place is perfect, but we think that you will find the perfect place to raise your family in one of Grand Rapids’ neighborhoods or surrounding communities.