The Latest Honors for Grand Rapids!

America's 8 Most Underrated Cities, Thrillist

May, 2015

"Cities like Portland and Milwaukee get all the glory when the subject ofbeer comes up, but with hometown heavy hitters like Founders, Brewery Vivant, and Hideout Brewing Co., Grand Rapids punches well above its weight on the suds tourism circuit."

10 Cheapest Road Trip Destinations, DealCrunch

May, 2015

"GrandRapids is a bustling city that attracts thousands of visitors each year. This city is home to the Mayweather boxing family, and the reasonsare obvious. Grand Rapids is 25 miles away from Lake Michigan and features some of the best tea and beer in the country. Known as Michigan’s second-largest city, Grand Rapids always has so many events going on, so stop in this great city and explore new sights."

#1 Place to Visit in the United States in 2015, Groupon

February 2015

"Grand Rapids has enjoyed a major renaissance in the past decade, thanks to a flourishing arts scene, population surge, and booming craft brewing industry. USA Today crowned it “America’s Best Beer Town” in 2014, citing its dozen breweries as proof that Grand Rapids residents love to kick back with a brew. Of its many art museums and sculptures, La Grande Vitesse—amonolithic, coral-hued avant garde structure sculpted by Alexander Calder—has come to symbolize the town’s affinity for public art."

Top 25 'Best Performing' Cities in America, The Milken Institute 

January 2015

"The Milken Institute has ranked Grand Rapids, Michigan number 25 on its annual list of the best performing cities in America. The report includes the top 200 largest cities in the nation, and Grand Rapids was the only city in the Midwest to rank in the top 25."

Top 10 Emerging City in the U.S., Global Trade

November 2014

"A key center for aviation, furniture and automobile manufacturing, GrandRapids got a major boost in September when regional economic development organizations invested $169 million in it. Under a new grant, more than 900 jobs are coming to Grand Rapids suburbs Greenville and Walker, Mich.—a sum that’s expected to benefit Grand Rapids’ 190,411residents greatly. State officials anticipate that the new jobs will also elevate the city’s current 7.8 percent unemployment rate."

Best Beer Town, USA Today

October, 2014

"Beer lovers of America have made their voices heard, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, can now call itself the Best Beer Town, according to readers of USA TODAY and 10Best.  

Grand Rapids - a riverfront city just east of Lake Michigan - has at least a dozen breweries and its convention and visitor bureau does a bang-up job of enticing beer drinkers, brewers and connoisseurs to visit.   We lift our glass in congratulations to Grand Rapids."

#2 Best Foodie City for Your Wallet, wallethub.com

October 2014

Opportunity Cities: Places It May Be Easier To Make Your Mark, Forbes.com 

September 2014

"It’s a very high quality of life, particularly for a city that has a high concentration of large employers," says Kristopher Larson, president of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. "It’s got environmental amenities, with a river and close access to a lake. It’s got good schools... and it’s almost unfair how affordable the [housing] pricing is. You can get into a very decent place within 2 miles of downtown for still under $100,000."

One of The 18 Most Underrated Cities, GlobalYodel.com

May 2014

"Grand Rapids has many of the perks of a big city but few of the hassles. There are beautiful beaches here, a strong creative community, and lots of locally-produced craft beers."

Best City for Raising a Family, Forbes.com

April 2014

"What Grand Rapids does have: the distinction of being the best metro area in the country to raise a family in. Income may be relatively low, but the cost of living is even lower. The local school system ranks in the top third in the country. Commuting to work is a breeze"

One of America's Top 10 Most Exciting Mid-Sized Cities, Movoto

March 2014

"Unlike Fort Lauderdale, Grand Rapids is a name we honestly didn’t expect to see up here in the top 10, but the data doesn’t lie. The second-largest city in Michigan, it did best in nightlife (14th overall)and non-fast food dining (18th)."

#1 Travel Destination for 2014, Lonely Planet

December 2013

"Beach bums, beer lovers, and art enthusiasts agree: there’s a lot to love about western Michigan this year. Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second-largest city, was voted bestbeer city in the US by the national Beer Examiner blog in 2012 and 2013, and its beer-tourism revolution rages on."