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Located a few miles southwest of Grand Rapids, the City of Grandville, Michigan is one of the oldest Grand Rapids suburbs.

The chief route through the city is I-196 (Gerald R. Ford Freeway), which passes through the western and northern portions of Grandville. M-11 (28th Street) connects with I-196, and M-121 (Chicago Drive) passes through the north part of the city, connecting to Business Spur 196 just east of the city. Along the northern border of Grandville, the city is separated from Walker by the Grand River, while Wyoming borders it to the south and east. To the west is Georgetown Charter Township. To the west, Grandville is on the border of Kent County with Ottawa County.

Other cities or villages within twenty miles of the city include Hudsonville, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Zeeland, and Coopersville.

The first settlement of the area that was to become Grandville was by Luther Lincoln, who had come down the Grand River looking for a favorable site to build his home. With some companions, he spent the winter of 1832 there, purchasing land from the land office in White Pigeon the following spring. The area was significant to the logging industry geographically, because the Grand River was used for floating logs to the mill, and it made a sharp turn at Grandville. It was necessary to have people there to prevent the logs from jamming up where the river turned northward.

On May 24, 1834, a post office was established in Grandville, with William B. Godwin as postmaster. On April 13, 1835, a townsite was platted by Elijah Smith for Charles Oates, Benjamin Slater, Levi White, and John Boynton. In 1872, the Chicago & Western Michigan Railroad (Pere Marquette) opened a station at Grandville. The town was incorporated as a village in 1887, and as a city in 1933. Soon after Grandville became a city, it developed infrastructure, a sewer disposal system being one of the first improvements.

In 1920, Grandville had a population of 799. By 1930, it rose to 1,346, and to 2,022 by 1950. Its largest population increase was between 1950 and 1960, when its population rose by 294.4%, to 7,975. With a slight decrease between 2000 and 2010, its population was 15,378.

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