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Communities rank among state's 'best' places for young families

April 10, 2015
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Suburb ranks as state's third-'best' city for young families
Byron Center is an unincorporated community in Kent County with a population of 5,822 spread over about five square miles. Photo via

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.

Top 10

1.   Freeland
2.   Lambertville
3.   Byron Center
4.   Huntington Woods
5.   New Baltimore
6.   St. Joseph
7.   Iron Mountain
8.   South Lyon
9.   Berkley
10. Ishpeming

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.

Ranking takeaways

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 

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