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


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

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Grand Rapids.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Grand Rapids

Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Grand Rapids might be more expensive than living in rural Michigan, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Grand Rapids neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

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 cheapest.

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Grand Rapids for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Cherry Run looks to be the cheaptest Grand Rapids neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Grand Rapids. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

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 cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Grand Rapids Hoods In 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Grand Rapids, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

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

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 31 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the ‘Cheapest City Neighborhood In Grand Rapids.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Cherry Run.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Grand Rapids. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Grand Rapids For 2019

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 665
Cost Of Living Index: 86 (11th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.1 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.004 (1st cheapest)
More on Cherry Run: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Cherry Run comes in at $66,020 and the median home value is $137,000 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,004
Cost Of Living Index: 84 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.4 (12th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.012 (5th cheapest)
More on Fuller Avenue: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Fuller Avenue comes in at $42,868 and the median home value is $103,225 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,538
Cost Of Living Index: 86 (11th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.3 (11th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.006 (2nd cheapest)
More on Westside Connection: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Westside Connection comes in at $56,785 and the median home value is $131,722 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 4,188
Cost Of Living Index: 86 (11th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.1 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (10th cheapest)
More on Alger Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Alger Heights comes in at $49,986 and the median home value is $103,900 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,914
Cost Of Living Index: 86 (11th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.4 (13th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.011 (4th cheapest)
More on Millbrook: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Millbrook comes in at $47,338 and the median home value is $115,040 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,573
Cost Of Living Index: 82 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.8 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.026 (27th cheapest)
More on Roosevelt Park: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Roosevelt Park comes in at $30,715 and the median home value is $55,380 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,926
Cost Of Living Index: 87 (15th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.018 (15th cheapest)
More on Midtown: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Midtown comes in at $47,443 and the median home value is $96,925 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,114
Cost Of Living Index: 84 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (26th cheapest)
More on Garfield Park: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Garfield Park comes in at $35,081 and the median home value is $69,967 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,169
Cost Of Living Index: 91 (22nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.2 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (8th cheapest)
More on Fulton Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Fulton Heights comes in at $61,838 and the median home value is $136,800 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,177
Cost Of Living Index: 88 (18th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.3 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (11th cheapest)
More on Creston: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Creston comes in at $48,193 and the median home value is $110,833 for 2019.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Grand Rapids

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Grand Rapids where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Grand Rapids aren’t all cheap. Heartside takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Grand Rapids.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Grand Rapids For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Cherry Run 86
2 Fuller Avenue 84
3 Westside Connection 86
4 Alger Heights 86
5 Millbrook 86
6 Roosevelt Park 82
7 Midtown 87
8 Garfield Park 84
9 Fulton Heights 91
10 Creston 88
11 Oakdale 84
12 South Hill 87
13 Highland Park 86
14 Eastgate 90
15 West Grand 85
16 South East End 87
17 John Ball Park 88
18 South East Community 84
19 Michgan Oaks 94
20 Madison Area 84
21 Black Hills 80
22 Ottawa Hills 93
23 Norteast Citizens Action 94
24 Swan 88
25 Eastown 96
26 Ridgemoor 100
27 Belknap Lookout 94
28 East Hills 92
29 Heritage Hill 95
30 Baxter 88
31 Heartside 101

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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