About Our City

Welcome to Big Rapids, MI - where education, industry, art and natures beauty come together!  Big Rapids is in the West Central portion of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula at the intersection of US 131 and M 20. 


Big Rapids is the proud home of Ferris State University and its approximately 13,000 students.  FSU brings employment, excitement and culture to the region.  Big Rapids has a robust industrial base, hosting corporations whose products are used all over the world.  Spectrum Health Big Rapids provides state of the art health care to the area and Big Rapids High School was recognized as a “Top American High School” by Newsweek and a US News and World Report “Silver Medal School” placing BRHS in the top ten percent in the nation.  Historic Downtown Big Rapids provides the connection back to a unique heritage and the many shops and businesses located downtown will welcome you with open arms.

Pocket Park2

Big Rapids has a park system that is second to none.  There are 257 acres dedicated to park land within the City, many of which are along the beautiful Muskegon River.  Park amenities include, Riverwalk, Playscape, Disc Golf Course, Tennis Courts, Pickle Ball Courts, Softball Diamonds, Soccer Fields, Baseball Diamonds, Bandshell, Dog Park, Nature Area, Community Pool, Volleyball Courts, Playgrounds, Outdoor Ice Rink and access to the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail.   

So, what are you waiting for? Come visit Big Rapids, there is something here for everyone. We know that “You’ll Love It Here”!