Economic forecast, metropolitan statistical area, population growth, income, gross regional product, housing values, rents, occupancy rates, employment, demographics, wage growth, tourism


Business | Economics | Real Estate


Rosalynn Bliss


The purpose of this report is to analyze the current state of the Grand Rapids, MI economy, as well as provide a ten-year forecast of the city’s economic condition. Economic forecasting is the process of predicting the future condition of an economy using the combination of several indicators. The indicators being used for this report will include population growth, economic production, wages, industry specific production trends, unemployment rates, home values, occupancy rates, rent forecasts, education, and tourism. From intensive research and data analysis, a snapshot of the economic condition of Grand Rapids in ten years will be displayed. Additionally, several regions from around the state and country will be introduced to provide a comparison to the Grand Rapids area.