This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Grand Rapids has a low population density. Grand Rapids is perfect for those who want to be in the city without constantly rubbing shoulders.
With a quality of life rating of 6/10 and an overall value of 5/10, there are many things to love about Grand Rapids, MI, but there are also a few factors that may not be the best fit for everyone. Most homeowners will be happy in Grand Rapids, but be sure to visit first to make sure it’s the best place for you.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Grand Rapids has a population density of 4,331, with 193,316 current residents.
Out of the 193,316 current residents, 49% are male and 50% are female. 46% of the residents are married and 53% are single.
- 43% Sun
- 37% Rain
- 73% Snow
49°F average temperature
- 56 years Median home age
- $82,370 Median home price
- -7.05% Home appreciation rate
- 12.38% Annual property tax
As for living in Grand Rapids, the air quality is 23% and the weather, on average, is 43% sunny, 37% rainy, and 73% snowy. The average temperature is 49°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Grand Rapids, you should know that 55% of homes are owned while 37.4% of homes are rented, and 7.6% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $82,370, the median age of homes is 56 years, the annual home appreciation is -7.05% and the annual property tax is 12.38%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)8
When looking at the community of Grand Rapids, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Grand Rapids’s crime rate is 8 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Grand Rapids is 33 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 49.44% Democratic, 48.92% Republican, and 1.65% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:18
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
77%High school diploma
7%Some college or associates degree
8%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Grand Rapids, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 15.40% of residents are unemployed in Grand Rapids (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Grand Rapids residents: 10.1% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 19.10% are in the arts and sciences field, 16.6% are in the customer service field, 25% are in the sales field, 0.69% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 6.8% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 21.7% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:18. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 77.48%, 6.95% of residents have an associate’s degree, 15.55% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 7.95% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Grand Rapids, you should be aware that the average commute time is 21 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26.5 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Grand Rapids have a few different options. 76% of commuters use their own cars, 13% of commuters carpool, 2% of commuters use the transit system, and 3% of residents work from home.