As you consider where you want to retreat from it all to hunt, fish, or farm, there are certainly other variables besides land quality to consider. You want to get away from it all, but not too far away from it all.
That’s why Grand Rapids is such a great choice for those who love to spend their time in the great outdoors - there’s loads of opportunity to escape the rush and hum of city life within easy reach of the conveniences of urban living.
Grand Rapids rivals Denver and Houston in economic growth–but without the metropolitan prices. This highly sought-after region in the southwestern “mitt” of Michigan is expanding not only in the business sector but in the residential population as well.
And to top it off, it sits amidst a veritable outdoor playground of recreation.
That’s right: studies form Area Development magazine named Grand Rapids as third in the nation for economic growth–just below Denver and Houston–for both 2015 and 2016. A robustly pro-business region, Grand Rapids presents opportunities in key science-based industries, including manufacturing, agribusiness, aerospace and defense, and information technology. According to a study published by Headlight Data in 2017, Grand Rapids nabs the number one spot: “Metro Grand Rapids saw a 4.4 percent increase in jobs in 2016 in comparison to the 1.7 percent national average.” Cost of living, however, according to Forbes, is 5.5% below the national average. Not a bad deal for a city on the move!
In a 2016 article published by Forbes, Grand Rapids is named as the top city in the nation for housing investment: “Census data showed a 3.1 percent three-year population growth rate, and employment in the Grand Rapids metro area grew by 3.9 percent in the 12 months to November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” In fact, the city is hoping to add 10,000 new housing units by 2025, and GR Forward, a 10-year community plan and investment strategy, continues to work on transforming and developing the area around the Grand River.
The Great Outdoors
In 2014, Lonely Planet famously named Grand Rapids as the No. 1 vacation destination in the United States, ahead of Yosemite, Vegas, Hawaii, and, well, everywhere else! Aside from thriving business and cultural opportunities, craft beer, and festivals, Grand Rapids offers plenty of outdoor recreational activities to get the heart pumping:
- 300 miles of picturesque Lake Michigan beaches and dunes within a 30-minute drive
- Canoeing, rafting, and kayaking on Grand River
- Golfing at dozens of public courses
- Fishing (named sixth most popular fishing city by Field and Stream in 2006)
- Mountain Biking (named “Best Town for Mountain Biking” by Outdoor magazine in 2010)
- Hunting at sixteen state game areas within a 45-minute drive.
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