Top Five Reasons To Move To Grand Rapids, MI

Michigan, the Mitten State, is much loved by most of the people that live there. It offers all four seasons in all their glory, and if you drive farther north you can almost feel as those you are in the wilderness. However, there is one city in Michigan that really stands out. That is Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids is a mecca of arts, talent, culture, and more. It offers many of the same things that other cities offer, but for some reason Grand Rapids just makes them seem bigger and brighter. Of the thousands of reasons one could find to uproot themselves and move to this city of 188,000 other residents, here are five great ones.


ArtPrize has been a Grand Rapids staple since 2009, when the first ever ArtPrize took over downtown Grand Rapids. Since then, the event has continued to grow and bring in artists from all over the world to compete for cash prizes. It really is an amazing event, even for people that aren't normally art fans.

Great Food

Aside from great events like ArtPrize, Grand Rapids is home to many delicious restaurants. From tapas to vegetarian dining, there is something for everyone. San Chez is the place to go if you enjoy tapas, and you want to try a little something different. It is definitely one of the best restaurants in the city.


The best place to eat breakfast, Wolfgang's, happens to be in Eastown, which is east of the downtown area. It's also the best place to get a hot dog, at Yesterdog. It's also a great place for bar hopping and shopping.


Grand Rapids is home to a diverse music scene, and many clubs that host both local and national acts. If you enjoy music, no matter what kind, you'll love the night life in this city. Home to Van Andel Arena, if music isn't your thing you can also catch some great sports action, like the Griffins hockey team.


From kitschy stores downtown to the big malls placed all over in the suburbs of Grand Rapids, there is a shopping experience awaiting everyone. For those that have moved to Grand Rapids for that great music scene, be sure to visit Vertigo Music for the best selection in music you want or didn't know you wanted.

Yvonne Stegall is a Michigan-based author and freelance writer who loves road trips, wildlife, and tourist traps. Learn more about Yvonne at her website and follow her on Facebook.