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    Neighborhoods
  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Heartside
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Students

    Cool City, Hot Careers

    Friendly, accessible and cultured, Grand Rapids is a community where you’ll very quickly feel at home. As Michigan’s second largest city, with a metro population of more than one million people, Grand Rapids is on an economic roll.

    It was #1 in the U.S. for job growth in 2017, according to Headlight Data. It’s also leading the nation in lifestyle benefits important to young professionals:

    • 1 of America’s Top 10 Cities to Start a Career (WalletHub, 2018)
    • #1 Place that Millennials are Flocking to in the U.S. to Get a Job, Buy a Home, and Start a Life (Business Insider, 2017)
    • #2 U.S. City that Millennials Can Afford – and Actually Want to Live In (The Penny Hoarder, 2017)

    Beyond economic and development efforts, the people and places are what make Grand Rapids most vibrant.

    This includes our trend-setting beer, food, art and music scenes as well as endless entertainment and outdoor recreation opportunities.

    Come see for yourself what Grand Rapids is all about.

    #1 Place that Millennials are Flocking to in the U.S. to Get a Job, Buy a Home, and Start a Life

    The Career Exploration Trip

    Discover Tourism GR is open to junior and senior college students interested in exploring careers within the hospitality and tourism industry.

    We will select up to 12 students for an all-expenses-paid career exploration trip to Grand Rapids, where they will:

    All it takes to apply is a submission of your resume and a short essay. The application opens on September 27, 208. Applications are due October 6, 2018. Check out the 2018 Trip page to get started!