A
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
$109,400
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$783
National
$928
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.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    440
    273
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    66
    41
  • Robbery
    217
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    499
    525
  • Theft
    1,710
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    149
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$40,355
National
$53,889
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    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 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 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.
Having spend most of my life in and around Grand Rapids, I can say that it's a great place to live and full of interesting people. Over the past few years, Grand Rapids has really taken it upon itself to increase its share of culture and appreciation for the arts. The now-annual ArtPrize, started in 2009, has really put Grand Rapids on the map as a haven for creativity, design, and attractions. As a direct result of ArtPrize and other initiatives, downtown Grand Rapids has seen an influx of great restaurants, pubs, bars, breweries, and other great attractions. It's just the right size, where you always have plenty to do, but don't have to deal with the inconveniences of a big city, like traffic, high crime rates, and the like. If you're just visiting or considering Grand Rapids as a potential home, it's a great choice!