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Why Choose West Michigan?

As the center of a thriving region of more than 900,000 people, West Michigan combines the characteristics of a big city with the charm of a small town.

A snapshot of the area’s many fine attributes includes: a growing, diversified economic base; four beautiful seasons filled with just about any recreational activity imaginable; award-winning public and private schools and colleges; country, lakeside, urban, suburban and historical housing within minutes of downtown Grand Rapids; museums, Broadway performances, an opera company, symphony and ballet; a growing art scene that includes the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the annual ArtPrize competition; fine dining and a vibrant night life; over 20 craft breweries that contributed to the title of BeerCity USA; close proximity to the state’s more than 3,500 lakes; professional sports teams; top-10 national ranking for affordable housing; and top ranking by Forbes as one of the best cities to raise a family plus much more.

West Michigan is an active and growing multicultural community with lots to see and do. Of course, we’d love for you to visit the area and find out for yourself why living in West Michigan is perfect for individuals and families! Whether you’re looking for a house, a job for your spouse or just something to do on the weekend in West Michigan, including Grand Rapids and Wyoming (where UM Health-West Hospital calls “home”), here are some great resources.