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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
Forest Hills is a suburb of Grand Rapids with a population of 27,947. Forest Hills is in Kent County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Forest Hills offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Forest Hills there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families live in Forest Hills and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Forest Hills are highly rated.
About Forest Hills...
Population
27,947

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$329,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,363
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    6%
  • Own
    94%
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Forest Hills Rankings

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Crime & Safety

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

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    27%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    38%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Forest Hills

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$117,173
National
$55,322
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Forest Hills is an affluent, family friendly area. The schools are rated very highly and there are many extracurricular opportunities for students to participate in. The biggest drawback to living in Forest Hills is the lack of diversity in both race and income. The high costs of housing and taxes make it difficult for most to live in the area. I often worry that the children who grow up in Forest Hills will have an unrealistic view of life after living in such a bubble. The parents in the community are often known as "helicopter parents" because of how much they hover over their children. These parents have a substantial pull in all areas of the community.
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I love that Forest HIlls is such a safe community. They have a great school system, and the and it is extremely family friendly. It is quite pricey, and the society as a whole is very affluent. There are lots of opportunities for kids to play sports and participate in clubs, and many school options. There are Spanish Immersion and Mandarin Immersion school programs available nearby. The location is ideal, since it is a few minute's drive from Grand Rapids, but not too close, and relatively close to Lake Michigan.
Forest Hills is affluent and is very safe. The public school system is one of the best in Michigan and prepares students well for college. Unfortunately, Forest Hills is not very diverse. The community would greatly benefit from more inclusion of diverse and underrepresented families.