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  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Walker is a suburb of Grand Rapids with a population of 24,618. Walker is in Kent County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Walker offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Walker there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Walker and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Walker are highly rated.
About Walker...
Population
24,618

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$157,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$759
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Walker Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    88
    282.7
  • Murder
    4
    6.1
  • Rape
    112
    40.7
  • Robbery
    48
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    183.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,795.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    108
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Walker

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$55,781
National
$55,322
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Walker Reviews

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Walker resides within Grand Rapids. There are countless local family businesses that bring a sense of home to our town. I can honestly say I love it. I have lived in Walker, Michigan all 17 years of my life and have had a lot of exposure to all parts of the Walker suburb. Walker is a safe town, we have an appropriate amount of police patrol so it is extremely safe. There are vast amounts of nearby restaurants, convenience stores, specialty stores, hair dressers, practically everything you could need in a small town. Extremely nearby Grand Rapids, anything you can't find in Walker, you will find in the bigger city. I would highly recommend coming to live in Walker if you have a family or are coming alone.
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In Walker, the community is somewhat boring, not much happens, life simply meanders on, something I would like to see changed is this aspect of comradery. Instead of simple and complacent, an atmosphere that attracts others to Walker, Michigan, and act as a beacon to explore Michigan. One thing that I like about Michigan is the multitude of activities that occur, and the weather that is never the same yearround.
Walker is a very interactive community. There are a lot of great events that go related to seasons and holidays like winterfest. There are several schools in the district that provide transportation and are easily accessible. It is very family friendly with many recreational activities like parks, restaurants and an ice and fitness center plus many housing opportunities. It is also more affordable than most other areas like living in the city.