Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Grand Rapids is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. The city is located on the Grand River about 40 miles east of Lake Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 197,800, making it the 114th largest city in the United States. In 2009, the Grand Rapids metropolitan area had a population of 778,009 and a Combined Statistical Area, Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, population of 1,327,336. It is the county seat of Kent County, Michigan,[3] second largest city in Michigan (after Detroit), and the largest city in West Michigan. The major industry in Grand Rapids once having been furniture production, it is nicknamed the "Furniture City". However, the city and surrounding communities are more economically diverse today, and contribute heavily to the health care, automotive, and consumer goods manufacturing industries, among others.

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