Why Families Love Living in Grand Rapids

View of the Grand Rapids Michigan skyline

It’s no secret the Grand Rapids area has been growing in popularity for some time now. Families have been moving to Grand Rapids and the surrounding towns in search of a better place to raise their families. That is exactly what they have found here! An inviting diverse community full of opportunity and exciting adventure. 

What Families Love About Grand Rapids

Diverse Community

Grand Rapids is dedicated to fostering the diversity of its community. The area is a melting pot of cultures. As a city, Grand Rapids, works hard to make sure the story of all are told in the area. At the Grand Rapids Public Museum you will find the Newcomers: The People of This Place exhibit, an exhibit dedicated to telling the stories of the 45 different cultures that settled the area after the Anishinabek Native Americans. You’ll find one of the best and most diverse food scenes around. Families love the community they can immerse themselves and their children in and culture they can experience without leaving their backyard. 


Whether you are homeschooling your children, sending them to private school, or taking advantage of the awesome public schools Grand Rapids has some great education options. Nearby Wyoming is home to the Home School Building a great resource for homeschool families. Grand Rapids is also home to a variety of private and public schools. Many of which are known for both their academics and sports. 

Family Fun

There is always plenty of fun for families to partake in around the Grand Rapids area. No matter the season there are plenty of free and paid events and activities to participate in. Places like John Ball Zoo and Fredrick Meijer Gardens offer great outdoor learning options for the whole family. Take a drive just outside of town and you will find everything from apple orchards, pristine beaches, and tubing hills. Take the kids inside for a day of learning at one of the many museums or enjoy a sporting event at Van Andel Arena. Get outside at one of the many city or state parks in the area and enjoy the beauty of the area. There is always something fun for the whole family going on. 

There are a lot of reasons families are flocking to Grand Rapids and surrounding areas. They love the diversity, education, and family feel of the area. For more information on all the Grand Rapids area has to offer check out the Grand Rapids visitors website. If you are looking to move your family to the area, Engelsma Homes is here to help. We love the West Michigan area and helping families find their dream home and community. Check out our gallery of builds and contact us to learn more about building your dream Grand Rapids home!

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