Economic Development and Real Estate

Community ranks as national 'power suburb'

December 9, 2014
Text Size:
Community ranks as national 'power suburb'
A Forest Hills Central Ranger tackles a West Ottawa Panther in a non-league high school football game. Photo via

A community just outside of Grand Rapids ranks among a group of “power suburbs” in the U.S. that are “booming economically and attracting new residents.”

The unincorporated community of Forest Hills, just east of Grand Rapids, ranks No. 7 on the ranking of “America’s 12 power suburbs” by

The ranking of suburbs is based on population, per capita income, percentage of families earning more than $75,000, unemployment rate and percentage of the population living below the poverty line.

The website compared data from the U.S. Census Bureau from 2010 to 2013 of communities within 40 miles of a major city.

Forest Hills is classified as a “census-designated place,” or CDP, by the bureau.

Forest Hills

The ranking highlights that the Forest Hills Public School District is rated "among the best school districts in Michigan," before citing the community's census data. 

Forest Hills’ population was 27,338 in 2013, a 5-percent increase from 2010.

The community’s per capita income grew 17.6 percent to $52,084, while the percentage of families making more than $75,000 was 77.5 percent.

Just one percent of Forest Hills population lived below the poverty rate, an "extraordinarily low" percentage, and the community posted a 3.7 percent unemployment rate.

“America’s 12 power suburbs”

1.   Clarksville, Ind.
2.   Greenfield, Ind.
3.   Marysville, Ohio
4.   Haines City, Fla.
5.   West Fargo, N.D.
6.   Webster Groves, Mo.
7.   Forest Hills
8.   Chelsea, Mass.
9.   Gallatin, Tenn.
10. Bloomingdale, Ill.
11. Hilliard, Ohio
12. Mint Hill, N.C.

Source:, 2014

Comments powered by Disqus