Located southwest of Grand Rapids, Mich., along Interstate 196 in the heart of The Great Lakes State, Grandville is one of the most charming and family-friendly communities that Michigan has to offer. In the past two decades, the city has seen a substantial amount of growth, driving many residents to call Grandville apartments for rent their new home. With its location along the Grand River and bustling commercial and residential areas, it makes sense that Grandville has seen such an impressive growth rate. Living here is extremely cost-effective as well. According to City-Data, the city's cost of living index is more than 13 points below the national average, making it a very affordable place to call home.
Grandville's first occupants were Ottawa Native Americans who enjoyed the city's ideal location along the river. However, the first European settler in the area was Luther Lincoln, who first visited Grandville in 1832. After a few years, Lincoln purchased the land and began a settlement. Toward the late 19th century, the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad established a station - and economic growth - in the area in 1872. Today, the area is home to more than 15,500 residents, according to a 2011 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the city's website, the city has seen a recently developed south portion, but even with the growth of this prosperous and thriving community, Grandville still maintains a warm and welcoming small-town atmosphere.
The city is especially proud of its many community events, including its involvement in the Michigan Week celebration, a tradition that includes a barbecue, police fingerprinting and fire equipment on display for the kids, and live music.
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