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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  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
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$113,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$806
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%

Grand Rapids Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    435
    283
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    66
    41
  • Robbery
    163
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    418
    500
  • Theft
    1,632
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    155
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$42,019
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

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Grand Rapids Reviews

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Grand Rapids is the perfect combination of family friendly with the college scene. There are beautiful, manicured suburban areas with parks and lovely restaurants and shows, but also the urban college setting of downtown with bars, festivals, concerts, hockey games, breweries, etc. Every year another place new comes around! There are little pocket sectors of the town with different cultural niche's and all sorts of things to explore. The downtown market is also great for any day. They have groceries, restaurants, flea markets, cooking classes, and bars!
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Grand Rapids, Michigan has been my home most of my life. After traveling to, and living in, quite a number of different states, I can say without a doubt Michigan is my favorite. With the combination of art, culture and nature, there is really something for everyone! You can be at ten different parks in fifteen minutes or to a beautiful beach in twenty!I love being able to raise my daughter in a culturally diverse and fun place!
Grand Rapids is a great town! For the past few years it’s one of the few cities in Michigan that has begun to grow and continue to grow after the car market failed in Detroit. The experiences I’ve had in Grand Rapids have been great, getting to see every year, the famous Art Prize festival. The minor league baseball team of the Detroit Tigers, The Whitecaps, and the Calder Cup Champions, The Griffins, minor league team of the Detroit Red Wings. Having events in town throughout the year aren’t hard to come by. Festivals, sporting events and famous concerts all come to the area for any age. Grand Rapids is a great town to live and work in right now.