The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Grand Rapids For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Grand Rapids are the safest places to live.

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

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Grand Rapids are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Grand Rapids. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Grand Rapids neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Grand Rapids in 2020? That would be Ridgemoor. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Grand Rapids.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Grand Rapids neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. 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.

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How We Determined The Safest Grand Rapids Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Grand Rapids.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

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

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Grand Rapids.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Ridgemoor.

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

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Grand Rapids For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,764
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 120
Property Crime Per 100k: 612
More on Ridgemoor: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Ridgemoor comes in at 120 and the property crime per capita is 612 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,538
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 196
Property Crime Per 100k: 569
More on Westside Connection: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Westside Connection comes in at 196 and the property crime per capita is 569 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,776
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 124
Property Crime Per 100k: 614
More on Michgan Oaks: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Michgan Oaks comes in at 124 and the property crime per capita is 614 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,914
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 205
Property Crime Per 100k: 660
More on Millbrook: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Millbrook comes in at 205 and the property crime per capita is 660 for 2020.

Heartside Grand Rapids, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,007
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 285
Property Crime Per 100k: 829
More on Heartside: Homes For Sale | Data

Heartside is a neighborhood located near downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Heartside district is a developing area in the city known for its art. It has restaurants, a park with a playground and splash-pad, and a recently opened farmer’s market. However, it also has experienced much urban decay, features numerous abandoned buildings, and contains a large presence of homelessness.

The violent crime per 100K people in Heartside comes in at 285 and the property crime per capita is 829 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,177
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 344
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,147
More on Creston: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Creston comes in at 344 and the property crime per capita is 1,147 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,048
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 341
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,261
More on East Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in East Hills comes in at 341 and the property crime per capita is 1,261 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 665
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 451
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,313
More on Cherry Run: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Cherry Run comes in at 451 and the property crime per capita is 1,313 for 2020.

Heritage Hill Grand Rapids, MI

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,370
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 492
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,370
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Heritage Hill comes in at 492 and the property crime per capita is 1,370 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,743
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 391
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,476
More on Norteast Citizens Action: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Norteast Citizens Action comes in at 391 and the property crime per capita is 1,476 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Grand Rapids

Looking at the data, you can tell that Ridgemoor is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Michigan residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Grand Rapids For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Ridgemoor 732
2 Westside Connection 765
3 Michgan Oaks 738
4 Millbrook 865
5 Heartside 1,114
6 Creston 1,491
7 East Hills 1,602
8 Cherry Run 1,763
9 Heritage Hill 1,862
10 Norteast Citizens Action 1,867
11 Eastown 1,896
12 Alger Heights 2,047
13 Midtown 2,080
14 Ottawa Hills 2,122
15 South East End 2,110
16 Highland Park 2,456
17 Eastgate 2,396
18 John Ball Park 2,513
19 Fuller Avenue 2,826
20 Roosevelt Park 2,674
21 Madison Area 2,837
22 Garfield Park 3,159
23 Fulton Heights 3,433
24 Belknap Lookout 3,654
25 West Grand 4,138
26 Swan 5,087
27 Oakdale 5,243
28 Baxter 5,374
29 South Hill 5,422
30 Black Hills 8,615
31 South East Community 9,593

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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