Why West Michigan

Located between Chicago and Detroit in western Michigan, Grand Rapids is the state’s second-largest city, and the urban center of a growing region of more than 1 million people. More than 90 international companies are located here as well as four of Forbes Largest Private Companies. The global headquarters for such companies as Amway, Steelcase, Herman Miller, Haworth, and BISSELL, West Michigan has become a world-class center for advanced manufacturing and life science innovation.

Companies from around the world have chosen West Michigan not only for its proximity to major markets and affordable commercial space, but also for its highly qualified workforce. A combination of outstanding jobs, educational opportunities, health care, and affordable housing are just a few of the reasons why West Michigan attracts young professionals from around the globe.

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Quick Facts:

- More than 80 international companies

- Home to Grand Rapids (One of the Top 15 Emerging U.S. Downtowns)

- 8th largest biopharmaceuticals cluster in the U.S.

- Rated Best Place to Raise a Family

- #13 among states for individuals in science and engineering occupations as a percentage of workforce

- Home to Van Andel Arena (One of the Top 10 Highest-Grossing Arenas Worldwide)

- Beer City USA

Cost of Living:

Composite - 89.4

Groceries - 97.8

Healthcare - 95.6

Housing - 76.0

Utilities - 90.8

Transportation - 95.0

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