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Grand Rapids ranks among 'most exciting' mid-size cities in US

March 20, 2014
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Grand Rapids is one of the “most-exciting” cities of its size in the nation.

Grand Rapids ranks eighth in the ranking of “America’s 10 Most Exciting Mid-Sized Cities” posted yesterday by Movoto, a national residential real estate broker.

To compile the ranking, the company’s blog, which calls itself the “lighter side of real estate,” examined data from 117 cities, ranging in population from 120,000 to 210,000 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Movoto ranked the cities based on several criteria: nightlife per capita; live music venues per capita; active-life options such as parks and outdoor activities per capita; percentage of restaurants that are fast food, with the lower end being the better end; and the city’s percentage of residents ages 20-34.

Grand Rapids earned its spot in the ranking thanks to its nightlife and lack of fast-food options.

For nightlife, “the city has places like HopCat and Founders Brewing to thank; there’s one such place for every 771 residents,” according to Movoto.

“As for that dining rank, Grand Rapids has spots like Yesterdog or Stella’s Lounge to save you from mass-produced fare,” according to Movoto. “Grand Rapids even did great for active-life options and music venues, both of which it ranked 25th in.”

“America’s 10 Most Exciting Mid-Sized Cities”

1.   Providence, R.I.
2.   Charleston, S.C.
3.   Fort Collins, Colo.
4.   Eugene, Ore.
5.   Syracuse, N.Y.
6.   New Haven, Conn.
7.   Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
8.   Grand Rapids
9.   Pasadena, Calif.
10. Salt Lake City

Source: Movoto, 2014

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