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  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
Grand Rapids is a city in Michigan with a population of 193,887. Grand Rapids is in Kent County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Grand Rapids offers residents a 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.
About Grand Rapids...
Population
193,887

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%
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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
    457
    283
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    71
    41
  • Robbery
    177
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    386
    500
  • Theft
    1,504
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    183
    284
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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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Always something to do, very safe; I love it here! There are so many coffee shops and restaurants to go to during the day, the libraries are amazing and always holding events, there are community events all the time, big-name concerts at VanAndel, sports events, smaller concerts at little coffee shop/smaller venue locations, bars and dancing at night, safe to walk around, great schools, close enough to Lake Michigan (only about a 40 minute drive). Always something to do and it's a great environment for raising a family.
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I was born in Grand Rapids in Spectrum Health hospital. I think Grand Rapids is a beautiful city with many opportunities to come. I graduated from the Grand Rapids Public schools. Throughout all the time I have lived here, it is evident that Grand Rapids had developed tremendously! However, there are still some problems that must be solved, one, for example, the Heart side community
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!