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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
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Forest Hills is a suburb of Grand Rapids with a population of 27,599. 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
27,599

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$306,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,407
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    6%
  • Own
    94%
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Forest Hills Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

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
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    28%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    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
$114,438
National
$55,322
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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.
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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.
I am currently a senior at Forest Hills Northern and have lived in Forest Hills all my life. Throughout my life, I have been thankful to live a happy healthy life. One of the reasons why I believe I was able to do this is because of the community I live in. Forest Hills is a very diverse, family-friendly community. Crime is very low, and it is very ideal to raise a family in. Throughout the community, they provide many different types of housing for all types of families. Neighborhoods are diverse and friendly, welcoming all new neighbors. Not only is it a safe community, but provides one of the best public schools in Michigan, which I am currently enrolled at. Overall, I would recommend living in Forest Hills, especially to younger families looking for a safe and welcoming community.