The 10 Best Grand Rapids, MI Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Grand Rapids are the best of the best.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Grand Rapids.
Best Neighborhoods In Grand Rapids

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.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Grand Rapids for 2019:

  1. Michgan Oaks (Homes)
  2. Ridgemoor (Homes)
  3. Eastown (Homes)
  4. Westside Connection (Homes)
  5. East Hills (Homes)
  6. Norteast Citizens Action (Homes)
  7. Millbrook (Homes)
  8. Heritage Hill (Homes)
  9. Midtown (Homes)
  10. Creston (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Grand Rapids for 2019? 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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How we determined the best Grand Rapids hoods in 2019

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Grand Rapids, we had to determine what criteria defines a “best”.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • 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.

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8.5
/10

Population: 1,776
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $178,800 (3rd best)
Median Income: $67,069 (1st best)
More on Michgan Oaks: Homes For Sale | Data

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8.5
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Population: 2,764
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $184,033 (2nd best)
Median Income: $66,714 (2nd best)
More on Ridgemoor: Homes For Sale | Data

Eastown Grand Rapids, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,495
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $153,925 (8th best)
Median Income: $59,200 (5th best)
More on Eastown: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

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8.5
/10

Population: 11,538
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $131,722 (13th best)
Median Income: $56,785 (7th best)
More on Westside Connection: Homes For Sale | Data

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8.5
/10

Population: 4,048
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $147,900 (9th best)
Median Income: $42,667 (19th best)
More on East Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,743
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $173,675 (5th best)
Median Income: $58,311 (6th best)
More on Norteast Citizens Action: Homes For Sale | Data

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8
/10

Population: 5,914
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $115,040 (15th best)
Median Income: $47,338 (14th best)
More on Millbrook: Homes For Sale | Data

Heritage Hill Grand Rapids, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,370
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $174,950 (4th best)
Median Income: $43,151 (16th best)
More on Heritage Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,926
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $96,925 (22nd best)
Median Income: $47,443 (13th best)
More on Midtown: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,177
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $110,833 (16th best)
Median Income: $48,193 (12th best)
More on Creston: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Michgan Oaks 1,776 $178,800 $67,069
2 Ridgemoor 2,764 $184,033 $66,714
3 Eastown 5,495 $153,925 $59,200
4 Westside Connection 11,538 $131,722 $56,785
5 East Hills 4,048 $147,900 $42,667
6 Norteast Citizens Action 10,743 $173,675 $58,311
7 Millbrook 5,914 $115,040 $47,338
8 Heritage Hill 3,370 $174,950 $43,151
9 Midtown 3,926 $96,925 $47,443
10 Creston 25,177 $110,833 $48,193
11 Cherry Run 665 $137,000 $66,020
12 Ottawa Hills 794 $162,800 $56,521
13 Eastgate 1,783 $134,767 $55,292
14 Alger Heights 4,188 $103,900 $49,986
15 Heartside 3,007 $220,350 $40,313
16 Belknap Lookout 4,699 $154,833 $51,441
17 Fulton Heights 1,169 $136,800 $61,838
18 Highland Park 3,339 $89,775 $40,522
19 South East End 4,933 $102,429 $41,723
20 Auburn Hill 175 $128,900 $29,333
21 John Ball Park 3,923 $96,150 $46,033
22 Swan 4,793 $99,886 $39,084
23 Fuller Avenue 2,004 $103,225 $42,868
24 West Grand 16,104 $92,481 $36,317
25 Garfield Park 16,114 $69,967 $35,081
26 South Hill 761 $95,100 $43,048
27 Baxter 2,355 $98,800 $32,854
28 Roosevelt Park 6,573 $55,380 $30,715
29 Oakdale 2,519 $83,425 $33,986
30 Madison Area 3,249 $67,125 $27,014
31 South East Community 3,964 $75,778 $30,508
32 Black Hills 457 $50,400 $18,681

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