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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    C
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Elk Rapids is a town in Michigan with a population of 1,490. Elk Rapids is in Antrim County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Elk Rapids offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Elk Rapids and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Elk Rapids are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$230,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$763
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    62.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    124.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,118
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    284

Residents

Diversity
C
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    6%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    7%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    40%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Elk Rapids

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$54,750
National
$55,322
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Elk Rapids Reviews

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I was incredibly inspired by the location of Elk Rapids and all it has to offer in terms of entertainment and night life. Although it certainly isn't the biggest town in Michigan, it would give Lansing a run for its' money in terms of beauty. While in Elk Rapids you can enjoy one of our many local beaches, which have become a favorite spot of many locals, or take your pick from a multitude of restaurants spanning from an authentic Louisiana style, all the way to Italian inspired cuisine. There is never a dull moment from local live bands to harbor days which boasts a full week of incredible attractions, bargains, and plenty of fun! Whether you're thinking of taking a weekend vacation or planning to move the family, Elk Rapids has everything you're looking for ten fold.
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I have enjoyed my time living in Elk Rapids for the most part. It is a lovely quaint town on the water—perfect for adventures in the summer. There are a few good restaurants and some interesting little shops along the main strip; however, it is an extremely small, and access to any sizable entertainment centers requires driving at least a half an hour to any larger town.
Elk Rapids is not only surrounded by the most beautiful lakes, but it also has a sense of community and was a wonderful place to grow up. I lived there for the first 18 years of my life and loved every second of it. I could ski in the winter and tube in the summer. Go to my high school football games in the fall and take scenic hikes in the spring. The perfect place to raise a family or retire.