Grand Rapids Is The Best City To Raise a Family

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids Real EstateMore great news for Grand Rapids. According to a recent report by Forbes, our very own Grand Rapids, Michigan is the best place to raise a family. This is no surprise to us of course and there are many reasons to be proud of our city.

What Grand Rapids does have: the distinction of being the best metro area in the country to raise a family in. Income may be relatively low, but the cost of living is even lower. The local school system ranks in the top third in the country. Commuting to work is a breeze. The housing foreclosure mess didn’t leave Grand Rapids unscathed, chopping about 12% off area home values over the past few years. But that’s still quite modest compared to many other places. Almost 90% of Grand Rapids’ housing stock is affordable to a family at the median income level, the seventh-highest rate in the country. And the local crime rate falls well below the national average.

“The housing bubble never burst because there was never any real bubble,” says Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, pointingGrand Rapids, Michigan out the mostly modest, 2,200 square foot colonials that dot the local landscape. Heartwell is a believer in public-private partnerships: Several neighborhood associations, using grant money in partnership with the city, work to keep things in good repair. Call it steady as she goes. If Miami, Florida, with its glitz and glamour giving way to real estate bust is the hare, Grand Rapids is the tortoise. “Even our most depressed neighborhoods are not blighted,” he says.

The relative strength of Grand Rapids’ housing market is enough to push it past the next two cities on our list, Boise, Idaho and Provo, Utah, both of which are particularly noted for low crime and high school quality. Not to mention the chance to mix urban and outdoor lifestyles.

Downtown Grand Rapids Blue Bridge“For us, it’s all about access,” says David McCauley, a 48-year-old IT professional who grew up on the east coast and moved to Boise with his family 13 years ago. “Skiing in 45 minutes, fly fishing in the Boise River, which also has some cool kayaking spots.  Mountain biking is literally out my door, and we live downtown.” As for the kids? “They ride their bikes all over,” says McCauley. “They’re allowed to do things alone, but they’re never really ‘alone’.”

The Grand Rapids’ Real Estate Market has been showing a lot more than a few signs of life. Grand Rapids Condos and Homes are selling and the downtown Grand Rapids Condos Market is doing very well with prices showing an improvement over last year! If you are in the market to purchase a home or condo and would like to see what is available, you can have access to all of the listings in SW Michigan from this website or contact me any time.

This entry was posted in Grand Rapids Communities, Grand Rapids Condos, grand rapids real estate, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*
*