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Best Cities 2010: Grand Rapids, MI

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