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117 km2
195 m
193627 [2007-07-01]

Grand Rapids is a city located in Michigan, United States. Situated on the banks of the Grand River, the city lies to the east of Lake Michigan and to the south of Kalamazoo. The city has a total population of over 197,800 inhabitants.
The climate of the city is mainly influenced by the Grand River which helps regulate frost during winter. It is characterized by hot, humid summers and cold winters. Droughts are also common.
Initially inhabited by the Ottawa Indians, the area was later occupied by the Europeans. During the nineteenth century, the area became the world’s largest producer of furniture.
Furniture production, particularly office furniture, is the largest source of economy in Grand Rapids. Other important money-earners include automobile manufacturing, health service and tourism.

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Overall Guide : Known as the ‘Grand City of the Michigan West Coast’, Grand Rapids is one of the most visited destinations in the United States. The city, with its scenic beauty, rich history and culture, is home to a wide variety of... more attractions. It is home to a number of popular museums and art galleries, the popular ones being the Gerald R. Ford Museum, Mayer May House and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Grand Rapids, with its wide expanse of walking area, parks and beaches, serves as an ideal outdoor destination. Millennium Park houses a 100-acre sandy beach, a popular tourist spot. The city is also home to a number of parks like the Riverside Park and Rosa Parks Circle; it also provides its visitors great hiking, skiing, golfing, hunting, fishing and boating opportunities.   Hosting a number of events and festivals, the city features annual festivals like the International Folk Dancing, Art Aid and Oktoberfest West Michigan.
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