Grand Rapids (pop. 181,800), city (inc. 1850), in western Michigan, on the Grand River; seat of Kent County. Famous for its furniture manufacturing, begun by Dutch settlers in the early 1800s, the city today supports many industries and is the market for the area's truck farming industry. Other products include gypsum and gravel. It is also the home of several colleges, and is a gateway to Michigan's recreation area.
See also: Michigan.