About the Area
Known for its unique combination of urban sophistication and small-town warmth, Grand Rapids is located in West Michigan, just minutes away from the splendor of Lake Michigan beaches and dozens of quaint lakeshore towns and villages. The community is rated among the top cities in the U.S., combining family-friendliness with safety, cleanliness and an uncommon commitment to enterprise. A growing economy, outstanding health care, low cost of living, award-winning schools and diverse cultural options are just a few reasons why Grand Rapids is a great place to live and work.
West Michigan offers many local attractions, seasonal activities and amazing scenery. Greater Grand Rapids is an up-and-coming hot spot for entertainers and public events. Whether you enjoy nature, art, sports, popular music, theater, or symphony productions, West Michigan has the capacity to fulfill your life interests.
We are conveniently located between scenic Northern Michigan and the big cities of both Chicago and Detroit. Only 177 miles from Chicago and 157 to Detroit, Grand Rapids is an important link between two of the country's largest cities. This relatively close proximity and opportune location enables West Michigan to attract an array of world-class entertainment.
Learn more about living and working in West Michigan by visiting Hello West Michigan, or explore our Grand Rapids Community links.