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Grand Rapids is in West Michigan, in the United States of America.

Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan with a population of just under 200,000 in the city limits, and nearly 630,000 in the surrounding county. The Grand Rapids Metropolitan Combined Area, which includes Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Holland, has 1,421,374 people.

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  1. Janet Jackson eloped to Grand Rapids with her first husband, James DeBarge.
  2. Meliville R. Bissell invented the carpet sweeper in 1876 to help clean his crockery shop in Grand Rapids.
  3. Grand Rapids was the first city in the US to add fluoride to its drinking water in 1945
  4. President Gerald Ford grew up in Grand Rapids.
  5. Grand Rapids was initially founded as a trading post in 1826 by Louis Campau who bought what is known today as Downtown Grand Rapids for $90.

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