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Grand Rapids ranks as No. 13 'Best Place to Live' in US

March 3, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Downtown Grand Rapids and the Grand River. Courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is once again considered one of the best places to live in the country.

U.S. News & World Report released yesterday its 2016 ranking of “Best Places to Live in the U.S.A.,” and Grand Rapids ranks No. 13.

Denver is No. 1.

The rankings were determined from a public survey of thousands of residents across the U.S., as well as data from the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. News & World Report rankings for high schools and hospitals.

"The ‘Best Places to Live’ ranking accounts for the most important concerns people have about where to live, such as cost of living, employment opportunities and access to good schools," said Miriam Weiner, real estate product manager, U.S. News & World Report.

"Top-ranked areas not only have steady job markets, but they also have attributes that contribute to a high quality of life — affordability, low crime rates, shorter commute times and quality health care."

Grand Rapids earned an overall score of 7 out of 10, including a 7.8 for value and 7.3 for quality of life.

“Grand Rapids has an affinity for public art and a craft brewery scene that is one of the best in the nation,” the ranking’s Grand Rapids page reads. “A scenic spot perched on the Grand River — Michigan's longest waterway — Grand Rapids has evolved from its 19th-century roots as a hub of furniture production to the modern-day city that is attracting college students and young families with its healthy job market, affordable housing and outdoor recreational activities.”

Detroit ranks No. 86 with an overall score of 6. 

Top 10

1.   Denver
2.   Austin, Texas
3.   Fayetteville, Arkansas
4.   Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
5.   Colorado Springs, Colorado
6.   Boise, Idaho
7.   Seattle
8.   Washington, D.C.
9.   San Francisco
10. San Jose, California

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