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Why West Michigan: Our Case in a Nutshell


Ask us about West Michigan and we could go on all day, but you need the answers now. Consider this your executive summary. We've included a collection of highlights and demographics that should give you a good idea why we think West Michigan is the Right Place for business. For a deeper dive, download the West Michigan at a Glance brochure or give us a call.

Quick Facts
  • Companies looking to expand their global reach need look no further than Grand Rapids, Michigan. Global Trade Magazine has just ranked Grand Rapids among the top 10 “Emerging Cities” in the US for global trade. Read more
  • West Michigan's economy is the fifth fastest-growing economy in the U.S., according to a survey published in Forbes. Read more
  • The Wall Street Journal Market Watch recognized Grand Rapids as the second best place to live in the United States based on our solid schools and strong economy.
  • Forbes named Grand Rapids the Best City for Raising a Family due to low cost of living and having a school system that ranks in the top third in the county.
  • Lonely Planet named Grand Rapids and Michigan's Gold Coast the number one place to visit in 2014.

Industry Highlights
  • More than 130 international companies
  • The world headquarters for such companies as Amway, BISSELL, Steelcase, Herman Miller, and Wolverine World Wide
  • 8th largest biopharmaceuticals cluster in the U.S
  • #13 among states for individuals in science & engineering occupations as a percentage of workforce
  • Food & Agriculture industry in Michigan contributes $91.4 billion annually to the state’s economy

Grand Rapids 2010 MSA* Economic Overview
  • Total Population (2014): 1,014,900
  • Growth Rate for Previous 5 Years: 2.8%
  • Jobs (2014): 549,700
  • Average Earnings (2014): $50,600
  • Gross Regional Product (2012): $49,000,000,000
For more information, please visit our Data Center.


Centers of Excellence
With one of the country’s most diverse industrial economies, many of the country's fastest growing industries can be found in West Michigan. Original equipment manufacturers of all sizes turn to companies here for their expertise in industrial design, technology development, as well as plastics and metalforming precision. West Michigan also has significant industry clusters in:
*The 2010 MSA consists of the following counties: Barry, Kent, Montcalm and Ottawa.

Did you know? Grand Rapids ranks among the "Best Cities to Start a Business" - Read More