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Best Cities 2010: Grand Rapids, MI

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Best Cities 2010: Grand Rapids, MI

If you’re in Grand Rapids, Michigan, check out the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park , which has the Midwest’s most comprehensive sculpture collection.

City: Grand Rapids


State: Michigan


Best Cities Overall Rank: 95


 


About Grand Rapids:


Grand Rapids was originally known as the “Furniture Capital” of the nation. It is known today as the “Furniture Capital” of office furniture manufacturing.


The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has the Midwest’s most comprehensive sculpture collection.


 


County: Kent


Population: 193,396


Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website


Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Grand Rapids Press


Grand Rapids blogs:


The Atrium Blog
Wizard Kitten
Head of the Class


 


Grand Rapids‘s Facebook page: Follow Grand Rapids on Facebook


Grand Rapids‘s Twitter page: Follow Grand Rapids on Twitter


 


Education rank: 53


High School graduation rate 2008: 52%


Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0


Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0


NEAYC-accredited preschools: 23


NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 11.89


NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 262


Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 14.9


Total Expenditures Per Student: $13,356


 


Health rank: 50


Quality children’s hospitals: 1


Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.52


Quality Pediatricians: 0


Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0


Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.66


 


Safety rank: 91


Violent Crimes, 2008: 1,981


Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,024.32


Sex Offenders: 893


Sex Offenders per 100,000: 461.75


 


Economy rank: 91


Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 18.80


Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 12.69


Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,628.95


Median Home Sale Price: $98,900


5-Year Home Value Index: -2.97%


Percent of homes sold for a loss: 29.23%


 


Recreation Rank: 56


Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 2,000


Parkland per 100,000: 1034.15


 


Photo courtesy of Mrmiscellanious