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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    NG

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$88,890
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$673
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$45,450
National
$55,322
Children
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
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As a young woman, I liked the area. Close to downtown and shops, close to freeways, I could walk to downtown if I wanted. I really liked the location.
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I do not like living in the city, I need space, but downtown Grand Rapids is very nice.
There is a lot of variety of stores in the area. A lot of family owned and local business which I love. The only thing I dislike about it is that it isn't as accessible. Their hours are not as broad as chain stores.