B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$88,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$533
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%

Big Rapids Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    153
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    38
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    220
    1
  • Theft
    1,379
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    19
    0

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$24,956
National
$53,889
Children
10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%
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Big Rapids Reviews

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Big Rapids has been a very accepting and understanding community to live in. Being a single mother and raising two small children on my own I was so scared of moving to an area where I would not feel safe and secure. Yet, I am so happy to call Big Rapids our home.I love that there are so many community resources. The public schools are excellent, the teachers get really involved and encourage they're students to reach for the stars. Being that Ferris State University it has a city feel even though it is in the country, so you get the best of both worlds.
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I really like the small city! The college campus here is absolutely fantastic, and the nature scenery is gorgeous as well. Very family freindly!
Big Rapids is a great small town. There are two major parts, the college area, with big stores and new resturants. Then there is the old town, that has smaller reatuarnts and stores. Both areas are great!