Grand Rapids is a city located in Kent County, Michigan. With a 2020 population of 205,289, it is the 2nd largest city in Michigan (after Detroit) and the 115th largest city in the United States. Grand Rapids is currently growing at a rate of 1.25% annually and its population has increased by 9.17% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 188,040 in 2010. Spanning over 46 miles, Grand Rapids has a population density of 4,587 people per square mile.
The average household income in Grand Rapids is $62,979 with a poverty rate of 21.24%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $895 per month, and the median house value is $131,700. The median age in Grand Rapids is 31 years, 30.3 years for males, and 31.8 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.2 males.
The most common ancestry groups in the city are German (24%), Dutch (21%), English (16%), Irish (11%), Polish (6.5%), and French (5%).
Grand Rapids has a large Dutch Reformed community. The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) has more than 230 congregations in the state with many in Grand Rapids. CRCNA followers are largely located in the western region of Michigan where many Dutch immigrants settled. The Reformed Church in America (RCA) also has a large following in Grand Rapids. Other major congregations in the city include the Protestant Reformed Churches in America, the United Reformed Churches in North America, and the United Methodist Church.
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The Grand Rapids area has been inhabited by many indigenous peoples for thousands of years, including the Hopewell people and the Ottawa, who founded many villages along the river. European fur traders and missionaries began building trading posts in the area among the Ottawa people in the 19th century. The first permanent European American settler established a missionary in 1825.
The official founder of Grand Rapids was Louis Campau, who build a blacksmith shop and trading post in the area in 1826. In 1831, he purchased 72 acres from the government and named the track Grand Rapids. This original track is today's downtown business area. By 1838, the community was incorporated as a village. In 1845, it had a population of 1,510. Grand Rapids was included five years later with a population of 2,686.
In 1880, Grand Rapids became the early center for America's auto industry. During the mid-19th century, Grand Rapids also became a significant timber center and the largest furniture manufacturing city in the country. Grand Rapids was nicknamed the Furniture City, and it's still the leading U.S. city for office furniture manufacturing.