Grand Rapids suburb ranks among ‘best places to live’ in US


East Grand Rapids refers to Gaslight Village as the “heart” of the city. Photo via

A Grand Rapids suburb has been named one of the nation’s 25 “best places to live.”

East Grand Rapids ranks No. 24 in the 2017 “Best Places to Live” ranking by Niche, a website on neighborhoods and schools.

The ranking looked at 228 cities and 15,000 towns and neighborhoods in the U.S.

The ranking and its sub-rankings are based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities and amenities, with data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI and CDC.

East Grand Rapids earned an A+ overall grade, with the same rating in public schools, housing and being good for families.

The suburb scored an A- for crime and safety, a B+ in nightlife and a B- in diversity.

East Grand Rapids carries a median home value of $270,100, and 91 percent of residents own their homes.

Grand Rapids metro top 10

1.   East Grand Rapids
2.   Forest Hills
3.   Spring Lake
4.   Holland
5.   Grand Haven Charter Township
6.   Beechwood
7.   Grandville
8.   Walker
9.   Ferrysburg
10. Grand Haven

Michigan top 10

1.   Okemos
2.   Ann Arbor
3.   East Grand Rapids
4.   Bloomfield Charter Township
5.   Beverly Hills
6.   Troy 
7.   Huntington Woods
8.   Grosse Pointe Farms
9.   Pittsfield Charter Township
10. Lodi Township

National top 25

1.   Carmel, Indiana
2.   Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania
3.   Houserville, Pennsylvania
4.   Okemos, Michigan
5.   Morrisville, North Carolina
6.   Dublin, Ohio
7.   Buffalo Grove, Illinois
8.   Los Alamos, New Mexico
9.   Penn Wynne, Pennsylvania
10. Ann Arbor, Michigan
11. Lemont, Pennsylvania
12. Naperville, Illinois
13. Clarendon Hills, Illinois
14. Devon, Pennsylvania
15. Eden Prairie, Minnesota
16. Fishers, Indiana
17. Bexley, Ohio
18. Clayton, Missouri
19. Long Grove, Illinois
20. Creve Coeur, Missouri
21. Franklin Park, Pennsylvania
22. Wyoming, Ohio
23. Rollingwood, Texas
24. East Grand Rapids
25. Arlington, Virginia

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