Communities rank among state's 'best' places for young families
A pair of communities in the region are considered two of the 10 "best" places in Michigan for young families.
Byron Center, an unincorporated community in Kent County, ranks No. 3 in the ranking of the “Best Cities for Young Families in Michigan” posted this week by NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy site.
St. Joseph also ranks No. 6.
NerdWallet analyzed census data and created the ranking based on four factors: home affordability, growth and prosperity score, education quality and family friendliness.
3. Byron Center
4. Huntington Woods
5. New Baltimore
6. St. Joseph
7. Iron Mountain
8. South Lyon
Other West Michigan communities
Several communities in West Michigan also appear in the 143-community ranking: Hudsonville, Grandville and Rockford land in the top 20. Holland is No. 40, and Grand Haven is No. 66.
Grand Rapids ranks No. 91.
The are few key takeaways from the ranking, according to the post.
Small towns: the average population of the top 10 is 9,086
Relative affordability: the median home value of the top 10 is $152,520, higher than the statewide median home value of $103,500. However, homes in Michigan are below the national median home value of $176,700
Market diversity: the top 10 are located across the state