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Old 01-08-2013, 07:55 AM
 
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I have two options for my next 1-year job rotation: Grand Rapids, MI and Los Angeles, CA (currently live in Asheville, NC). The job opportunity in GR seems much better, but attracted to LA life and fams there (long term?). I'm a young single Asian guy and want to figure out what it would be like in GR there in terms fun activites and the single life.

I hear the scene is great for college folks, but just finished my grad degree at IU and OVER college towns. What's it like for ppl in their mid 20's and early 30's?

I also love my Christian faith and love building community through church and young adult groups. Any type groups out there?

Planning to visit this weekend - suggestions? Opinions on any of the above would be appreciated. Looking for honest GR good opinions and bad. Thanks for you help!

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Old 01-08-2013, 08:12 AM
 
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First off - it's only a year - I would choose GR over LA for the quality of life/friendliness of folks.

Hello West Michigan is a great website to start for transplants to GR. Hello West Michigan - Separately google search "50 things to love about Grand Rapids" and you'll pull up their Word document that is six pages of every cool link/resource you could want about GR. I can't figure out how to paste the link here.

Check out Mars Hill Church in Grandville. There are many large nondenominational churches in GR that are full of young professionals/small groups so you shouldn't have any issues there. http://marshill.org/

Here's the Young Professional page for GR - lots of meetup/non religious type events too. Grand Rapids Young Professionals - Home
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:25 AM
 
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Belle - that's awesome thanks for the resources.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:56 PM
 
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I have two options for my next 1-year job rotation: Grand Rapids, MI and Los Angeles, CA (currently live in Asheville, NC). The job opportunity in GR seems much better, but attracted to LA life and fams there (long term?). I'm a young single Asian guy and want to figure out what it would be like in GR there in terms fun activites and the single life.

I hear the scene is great for college folks, but just finished my grad degree at IU and OVER college towns. What's it like for ppl in their mid 20's and early 30's?

I also love my Christian faith and love building community through church and young adult groups. Any type groups out there?

Planning to visit this weekend - suggestions? Opinions on any of the above would be appreciated. Looking for honest GR good opinions and bad. Thanks for you help!
Single and an active Christian? You should have no problem finding things to do.

The Calvin College January Series is going on this month. You might stick around during the week and catch one of these. They're usually a good mix of theology and science.

The January Series of Calvin College - January 2013: Schedule of Speaker
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:37 AM
 
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Sweet. That does sound good. Disclaimer - I'm single and 32. So while I fit in the young prfoessional group - I know at church young adult groups they do cater more towards 20's esp. Young twenties...that been your experience?
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:31 PM
 
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Sweet. That does sound good. Disclaimer - I'm single and 32. So while I fit in the young prfoessional group - I know at church young adult groups they do cater more towards 20's esp. Young twenties...that been your experience?
I don't know that I'm an expert on the subject. From what I hear, you'll find a mix of ages. You might also try Grand Rapids Young Professionals. It's a huge organization and they have quite a few social/networking events.
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