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Do you like your neighborhood?
Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?
No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Grand Rapids, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Grand Rapids neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Grand Rapids are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to Michigan and Grand Rapids is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.
So what's the best neighborhood to live in Grand Rapids for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Michgan Oaks looks to be the best Grand Rapids neighborhood to live in.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Grand Rapids that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Grand Rapids.
Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Grand Rapids
Eastown is a 70 square block area of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It has been described by some as the Greenwich Village of Grand Rapids. It is considered by many in the Grand Rapids area as somewhat of a liberal oasis in a rather conservative area.
Heritage Hill is a neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is one of the largest urban historic districts in the United States. It is bound by Crescent Street, Union Avenue, Pleasant Street, and Lafayette Avenue. Its 1,300 homes date from 1843 and represent Michigan's largest and finest concentration of nineteenth and early twentieth-century houses. Nearly every style of American architecture, from Greek Revival to Prairie is represented. These were the homes of lumber barons, teachers, judges, and legislators who shaped the citys future. Heritage Hill was designated by the American Planning Association as one of 2012's Great Places in America.
How We Determined The Best Grand Rapids, MI Neighborhoods In 2020
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Grand Rapids, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 32 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Grand Rapids." We're lookin' at you, Michgan Oaks.
Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Grand Rapids, Michigan has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Grand Rapids
If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Grand Rapids where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Grand Rapids aren't all good. Black Hills takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Grand Rapids.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Grand Rapids For 2020
|6||Norteast Citizens Action||10,743|
|19||South East End||4,933|
|21||John Ball Park||3,923|
|31||South East Community||3,964|