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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  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
Grand Rapids is a city in Michigan with a population of 197,081. Grand Rapids is in Kent County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Grand Rapids offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Grand Rapids there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Grand Rapids and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Grand Rapids are above average.
About Grand Rapids...
Population
197,081

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$131,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$895
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Grand Rapids Rankings

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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
    426.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    4
    6.1
  • Rape
    71.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    294.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,364.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    248.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    14%
  • 25-34 years
    20%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Grand Rapids

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$47,173
National
$55,322
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Grand Rapids Reviews

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Grand Rapids is a safe and friendly city to live in. There are unlimited resources for health, entertainment, housing, and transportation. It is famous for its brewery's and good eats. You'll never run out of bars to spice up the night. GR is also the host of Art Prize, one of many great attractions to its downtown area. There are many schooling options and has one of the top community colleges around. I loved my education here in Grand Rapids and couldn't have imagined needed more. This is the perfect city for shoppers! This city continues to develop- providing more and more sufficient places to live. It has many concert venues to attend as well. This is an accepting community that makes a point of inclusion for all groups of people. This place is the perfect combination of a lively city and a rural scene. I am very grateful to have grown up in this city.
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Grand Rapids is a beautiful city that is a perfect size with many opportunities to explore the city and experience all it has to offer. Such as the many different breweries and restaurants, the civic theater and devos place which have many wonderful shows, van andel arena and the delta plex that hosts all kinds of artists and shows, frederick meijer gardens, museums, downtown market, the malls and tanger outlet. This list goes on and on! I've been lucky enough to experience each of these amazing venues and attractions along with even more and it makes me so thankful I live in such a great place that offers to many wonderful experiences.
Active city culture for young adults and families. Plenty to do and close to nature areas and state parks, and beautiful Lake Michigan! It is growing very fast however and some developments are not conducive to solving some of the issues of unemployment and homelessness in the city.