From 2016 to 2017, the county’s population grew 1 percent to 648,594 people.

Comparing numbers of people alone, Kent County saw the highest number of people joining the population during that year, but other counties in the region had higher rates of growth.

Ottawa County’s population grew 1.46 percent to 286,383. Muskegon County’s population grew 1.64 percent to 173,693. Allegan County’s population grew 7.78 percent to 116,447. Kalamazoo County’s population grew 5.09 percent to 262,985 people.

From a commercial real estate perspective, Grand Rapids is a hot market, said Jeff Hainer, senior research analyst for Colliers International West Michigan.

That’s partially because of the population, but he said many companies also are sure to look at psychographics — why people shop at their stores.

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