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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Gaines Charter Township is a suburb of Grand Rapids with a population of 26,532. Gaines Charter Township is in Kent County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Gaines Charter Township offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Gaines Charter Township there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Gaines Charter Township and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Gaines Charter Township are highly rated.
About Gaines Charter Township...
Population
26,532

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$172,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$866
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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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
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Gaines Charter Township

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$63,382
National
$55,322
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Gaines Charter Township Reviews

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I really enjoy where I live. I love taking walks with my dog around my neighborhood. There are many great, safe places to walk at any time of the day or night without feeling endangered. There are ponds, preserved lands, condominiums, and playgrounds. Since I live in between two different subdivisions, I have to opportunity to enjoy the benefits of subdivisions while enjoying a lot more land than a normal home in a subdivision. This has been my only home, but I really enjoy it. I hope that my neighborhood will continue to be a safe place in the future.
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This has been a very enjoyable place to grow up and I would definitely raise a family here. There are good rated schools, many job opportunities in the area, and being so close to a big city is very convenient. With that being said Byron Center is a very safe area to live, but as you get into neighboring communities you still have to watch your safety just like any other big city. Even though I love this city and everything it has done for me, it is changing and being more industrialized. A new mall was just put in and I see this as just the beginning of more businesses and companies moving into Byron Center in the near future.
This area is very diverse, medium income families, low crime, and great schools. There are a variety of stores, banks, and things to do. You could live and work within 5 Miles.