Grand Rapids is located in western Michigan, and is the capital of the state. As of 2010, there were 188,040 people living within the Grand Rapids city limits. The city’s metro area is huge, with over a million residents as of the same year. Grand Rapids is Kent County’s county seat, and it is also the 2nd biggest city in the state. The city has long been nicknamed the “Furniture City” for the famous furniture companies that call the city home.
As a major metropolitan area, the Grand Rapids area has plenty of different options for transportation. Interstates 196, 296, and 96 all run through Grand Rapids, and state roads M-6, 11, 21, 37, 44, 45, and 121 also serve the city. The city has public buses provided via the Interurban Transit Partnership, and the notable Megabus provides an interstate service that takes customers as far as Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Columbus.