"Cities like Portland and Milwaukee get all the glory when the subject ofbeer comes up, but with hometown heavy hitters like Founders, Brewery Vivant, and Hideout Brewing Co., Grand Rapids punches well above its weight on the suds tourism circuit."
"GrandRapids is a bustling city that attracts thousands of visitors each year. This city is home to the Mayweather boxing family, and the reasonsare obvious. Grand Rapids is 25 miles away from Lake Michigan and features some of the best tea and beer in the country. Known as Michigan’s second-largest city, Grand Rapids always has so many events going on, so stop in this great city and explore new sights."
"Grand Rapids has enjoyed a major renaissance in the past decade, thanks to a flourishing arts scene, population surge, and booming craft brewing industry. USA Today crowned it “America’s Best Beer Town” in 2014, citing its dozen breweries as proof that Grand Rapids residents love to kick back with a brew. Of its many art museums and sculptures, La Grande Vitesse—amonolithic, coral-hued avant garde structure sculpted by Alexander Calder—has come to symbolize the town’s affinity for public art."
"The Milken Institute has ranked Grand Rapids, Michigan number 25 on its annual list of the best performing cities in America. The report includes the top 200 largest cities in the nation, and Grand Rapids was the only city in the Midwest to rank in the top 25."
"A key center for aviation, furniture and automobile manufacturing, GrandRapids got a major boost in September when regional economic development organizations invested $169 million in it. Under a new grant, more than 900 jobs are coming to Grand Rapids suburbs Greenville and Walker, Mich.—a sum that’s expected to benefit Grand Rapids’ 190,411residents greatly. State officials anticipate that the new jobs will also elevate the city’s current 7.8 percent unemployment rate."
"Beer lovers of America have made their voices heard, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, can now call itself the Best Beer Town, according to readers of USA TODAY and 10Best.
Grand Rapids - a riverfront city just east of Lake Michigan - has at least a dozen breweries and its convention and visitor bureau does a bang-up job of enticing beer drinkers, brewers and connoisseurs to visit. We lift our glass in congratulations to Grand Rapids."
"It’s a very high quality of life, particularly for a city that has a high concentration of large employers," says Kristopher Larson, president of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. "It’s got environmental amenities, with a river and close access to a lake. It’s got good schools... and it’s almost unfair how affordable the [housing] pricing is. You can get into a very decent place within 2 miles of downtown for still under $100,000."
"Grand Rapids has many of the perks of a big city but few of the hassles. There are beautiful beaches here, a strong creative community, and lots of locally-produced craft beers."
"What Grand Rapids does have: the distinction of being the best metro area in the country to raise a family in. Income may be relatively low, but the cost of living is even lower. The local school system ranks in the top third in the country. Commuting to work is a breeze"
"Unlike Fort Lauderdale, Grand Rapids is a name we honestly didn’t expect to see up here in the top 10, but the data doesn’t lie. The second-largest city in Michigan, it did best in nightlife (14th overall)and non-fast food dining (18th)."
"Beach bums, beer lovers, and art enthusiasts agree: there’s a lot to love about western Michigan this year. Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second-largest city, was voted bestbeer city in the US by the national Beer Examiner blog in 2012 and 2013, and its beer-tourism revolution rages on."
"Lonely Planet named Grand Rapids the top U.S. destination to check out in 2014. Grand Rapids has been voted the best beer city in America and boasts more than 25 craft breweries nearby. The city also has a lively art scene and tons of festivals. Thirty miles away, Lake Michigan's Gold Coast offers the prime location for an unexpected beach getaway with 300 miles of gorgeous waterfront."
"The Gerald R. Ford International Airport provides first-class travel experiences and excellent customer services and amenities and those efforts have been recognized by the Airports Council International (ACI)as one of the best in the world."
"In the past few years, the national news media have been abuzz about Grand Rapids, about 170 miles due west of Detroit near Lake Michigan. The city has earned attention and praise for its revitalized downtown, affordable housing and work opportunities — as well as it’s scenery, bike trails, international art competition ArtPrize and a surging industry of top-rated craft breweries."
"It is the second time in nine years The Rapid has been given the award by the American Public Transportation Association, or APTA. The last time was in 2004."
"The study of large metropolitan areas, compiled by researchers at Sperling's Best Places, took into consideration a number of criteria, including economic stability, crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, environmental hazards, life expectancy, motor vehicle fatalities, and employment numbers."
"Since the mid-1990s, the small Michigan city has drummed up billions in public-private funding. Investments have yielded the Van Andel Arena, the new $60 million home of the Grand Rapids Museum, a $220 million convention center, and $1 billion in new hospitals and new headquarters for Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. Rockford Construction has converted more than a dozen abandoned warehouses and office buildings into 400,000 square feet of updated residential, retail and office space. This summer will welcome the $30 million Downtown Market, a year-round culinary marketplace, spanning 130,000 square feet and the city plans to build a rapid transit bus line that will more easily cart people from the suburbs to Grand Rapids' downtown."
ArtPrize is the only festival in the United States to make the list.
"Grand Rapids, Michigan has less than a million people in the city and outlying areas, but has more breweries than the greater New York City area, which has upwards of 20 million people. However, it was more than the number of breweries that edged the Big Apple off this list. While this may not be the highest ranked American city on this list, Grand Rapids is certainly a city that is passionate about their beer."
"The roughly 50-mile stretch between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo and its roughly eight to nine breweries (depending on the geographic leeway given by the person asked) constitute the heart of Michigan craft brewing, as do the two biggest breweries within it: Bell's and Founders."
"The area is surrounded by a lot of free diversions mostly natural -- trails, parks and places for together time."
"With 55,926 votes cast for 31 different American cities the results clearly indicated that both Asheville, North Carolina and Grand Rapids topped the poll with a statistical tie. Both cities are being awarded Beer City USA 2012. This is Grand Rapids first year of winning top honors."
"The quality of life is good, and housing prices are way down to 2000 levels. You can buy a house and rent it out for a profit and then, when West Michigan appreciates again over the next 10 years, you can sell it for a profit.”
Largely due to ArtPrize, Grand Rapids has it's name on the map for having world class art.
"Solid schools and strong economy, especially when compared with the rest of the state, make Grand Rapids stand out."
"Moms-per-capita (rank among top 13): 3rd | Child care (rank among top 13): 11th |Schools score (1 to 10 scale): 6 |Maternity care (rank among top 13): 5th |Mom love (rank among top 13): 6th"