Why Grand Rapids

Why Grand Rapids?

Ranked by HeadlightData.com as the fastest-growing U.S. economy, Michigan’s second largest city is home to many global consumer brands. With its innovative spirit, public-private collaboration and can-do philosophy, Grand Rapids has the perfect culture for business success.

#1 in the U.S.

West Michigan's economy is the fastest-growing in the nation.

There's a reason Grand Rapids is home to so many global consumer brands.


Advanced manufacturing professionals

And with half of its residents under the age of 35, employers can draw from an energetic, tech-savvy workforce.

Top 5 in U.S.

of large cities to start a small business

Looking for business results? Find them in Grand Rapids.

Expand or relocate your business in Grand Rapids

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Cost of Doing Business in Michigan

Business are coming to Michigan and businesses are expanding their operations here because of a business friendly environment that the Tax Foundation ranks among the best in the nation.


Corporate Income Tax


Personal (flat) Income Tax


Sales Tax (+ no local sales tax)

Cost of Living in Grand Rapids

Michigan’s cost of living is 11% below the national average and ranks as the fourth most affordable state in the country.

Washington, DC

Living in Washington, DC is on average 38% more expensive than living in Grand Rapids. Located on Michigan’s beautiful west side, Grand Rapids boasts a lively downtown nightlife and has many family-centric communities to choose from.


Living in Chicago is 17% more expensive than living in Grand Rapids, yet the two cities are less than 200 miles a part. Grand Rapids provides the best of both worlds, with urban excitement and the great outdoors, including vibrant shopping districts, beach town communities and more.

San Francisco

Living in San Francisco will cost you over 60% more compared to living in Grand Rapids. Not to mention Michigan is surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, boasting more freshwater coastline than California, or any other state for that matter.

Brooklyn, NY

Living in Brooklyn is 53% more expensive compared to living in Grand Rapids. Known as "beer city USA," Grand Rapids is home to nearly 40 breweries within the city and is also known for ArtPrize, one of the largest public art displays in the nation.

Supply Chain & Infrastructure

Michigan is within 500 miles of nearly half the U.S. and Canadian population and commerce centers providing unparalleled access to market.

$500 Million

in trade crosses between Michigan and Canada daily via the Ambassador Bridge, the busiest border crossing in North America.


of the globe's freshwater surrounds Michigan, the Great Lakes state.

TOP 10

in the nation for road infrastructure with toll-free highways across the state.


commercial airports in Michigan, including Grand Rapids' Gerald R. Ford International Airport.