Grand Rapids is 90th ‘best place’ to raise a family


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Grand Rapids is pretty middle-of-the-road where family friendliness is concerned.

WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities to determine which was best to raise a family, and Grand Rapids came in at No. 90 on the list.

In order to determine which cities are most conducive to family life, WalletHub compared 182 U.S. cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across five key dimensions: family fun, health and safety, education and child care, affordability and socio-economics.

WalletHub evaluated those categories using relevant metrics such as the cost of housing, the quality of local school and health-care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for family life.

Grand Rapids had an overall score of 52.45, with a family fun rank of 166, a health and safety rank of 62, an education and child care rank of 167, an affordability rank of 46 and a socio-economics rank of 100.

The city fared less favorably than Salem, Oregon, which had an overall score of 52.49, but scored better than Atlanta, Georgia, which scored 52.44.

Top five best cities to raise a family

Overland Park, Kansas (71.76)

Fremont, California (70.59)

Irvine, California (70.38)

Plano, Texas (67.88)

South Burlington, Vermont (67.04)

Top five worst cities to raise a family

Detroit (37.28)

Newark, New Jersey (37.79)

Cleveland, Ohio (38.1)

Memphis, Tennessee (38.32)

Shreveport, Louisiana (38.74)

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