Grand Rapids is located about 25 miles east of Lake Michigan the second largest city in Michigan. The metropolitan Grand Rapids area has a population of roughly a million people.
Historically a furniture manufacturing capital, Grand Rapids has the nick name of "Furniture City. Also knows as "River City" due to the Grand River and "Beer City" due to all of the local breweries.
The Census Bureau has the city with a total of 45027 square miles.
Prominent large buildings in Grand Rapids include the Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott, River House Condominiums, and the Radison Hotel.
Other interesting facts about Grand Rapids:
- The first ArtPrize took place in Grand Rapids. This is the worlds largest art competition and takes place every fall.
- In 2013 Grand Rapids was the winner of the "Beer City USA" contest with Kalamazoo coming in second
- Grand Rapids is the final resting place of the 38th President Gerald Ford.
- Grand Rapids is home to one of the oldest history museums, the Van Andel Museum. It was founded in 1854.
- Heritage Hill is one of the largest urban historical districts in the country and features a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home.
- The Christian Reformed Church in North America has 230 congregations with almost 100,000 members.