Grand Rapids by the Numbers

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The Beauty of Grand Rapids is Countless

Grand Rapids is a big small town, with the Grand River sweeping through our bustling mini metropolis full of museums and shops, innovators and artists, breweries and parks.

But did you have any idea just how many miles that river travels Grand Rapids? Or how many people call our city home? I bet you knew how many breweries though, right? (Trick question–no one can answer that one because it’s growing by the week!)

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Janet Romanowski

Grand Rapids Kids REALTOR Partner

Romanowski Homes- Greenridge Realty

The Amazing Things About Grand Rapids, In Number Order

Check out this list of all the ways Grand Rapids is special to us – in numerical order. This one’s for you, math fiends!

1 Presidential Library and Museum to explore

3 public city pools to swim in

4 pro sports teams to cheer on

excited kids standing up griffins hockey

5 rules to ordering at Yesterdog

6 museums to explore


6.5 acres of Robinette’s corn fields to get lost in

7 feet of Motu Viget tire to swing on

Grand Rapids Tire Swing on Calder

8 days of LaughFest

8 miles of Grand River to enjoy

8 distinct destination neighborhoods to call home

Autumn Bucket List Grand Rapids

9 2018-19 Civic Theatre shows to see
The Little Mermaid Civic GRCT Ursula Ariel 1

11 flavors of root beer at the Electric Cheetah to try

12th best place to live in the nation

13 ice cream shops to scream for

Furniture City Creamery Allergy Friends for Kids

14 public city pads to splash in

Aberdeen park Splash Pad
Aberdeen Park

14 must-try food trucks

15 colleges

16 breweries to visit on date night

24 Downtown Market vendors

Allergy Friendly Places for Kids Grand Rapids Downtown Market

24 feet of American Horse to run under

Favorite West Michigan Instagram Spots The American Horse at FMG 1

25 Instagrammable spots

27 Rapid Bus routes to ride

28 different coffee shops to try

The Sparrows books
The Sparrows Coffee, Tea and Newsstand

32 miles to drive to Lake Michigan

42 tons of steel to make up La Grande Vitesse

Izzy Calder Kid

44 lumber boom furniture companies to remember

44 hand-carved wooden horses, 2 chariots and 6 menagerie animals to ride at GRPM

grpm carousel

50 years of Festival of the Arts to celebrate

Paint In Festival of the Arts Grand Rapids

54 different languages to be spoken by GRPS students

74 city-owned parks to enjoy

116 art-glass windows in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meyer May House

169 years of Grand Rapids to treasure

230 species of animals on exhibit at John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo budgies girl birds
John Ball Zoo

300 planes to watch from the GRR Airport Viewing Park

airport viewing area pavilion

473 LEED Certified buildings (with 107 registered and in the works)

1,273 family-friendly articles to read on

1,300 architectural wonders to admire in Heritage Hill

7,000 tropical butterflies to watch take flight at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Grand Rapids facts

8,000 Kids Food Basket sack suppers served daily

10,834 seats at Van Andel Arena

21,000 participants to cheer on in the Fifth Third Riverbank Run

150,000 hot dogs consumed each season at Fifth Third Ballpark

Grand Rapids numbers

198,829 residents to love

500,000 dollars awarded at ArtPrize

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