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City Guide
Grand Rapids
The River City, In the Palm of Your Hand

On the classic Michigan Hand Map, Grand Rapids is located roughly in the middle of the right hand, between the ring finger and pinkie. If you don't know about the Hand Map, and you're considering a move to the great state of Michigan, we suggest you get to know it ASAP. Believe it or not, Michiganders really do often utilize these “handy” bodily maps as visual aids. So, what's so great about living in this part of the north paw? Plenty, actually. Cultural opportunities abound, commutes are a cinch, public spaces are ample, the beaches of that one really big lake are just 30 minutes away and, most importantly, the local beer is good. For a 10 minute tour of the city and a peek at nearly 3,000 of its inhabitants, just watch Rob Bliss' world record-breaking Lip Dub video.

Weather

With average winter low temps hovering around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, living in Grand Rapids pretty much requires a car. With snow tires. GR does offer reliable (and cheap) public transportation around downtown and between suburbs via The Rapid and Dash systems.

Finding Your Niche

Lifestyle considerations may prove to be a deal-breaker or maker for some house-hunters. While Grand Rapids is widely considered to be an 'up and coming' American community, it's not exactly a world capitol, so competition for vacant units is usually a non-issue. Investigate GR's neighborhoods, and take it from there.

A River Runs Through It

Grand Rapids is basically divided into four sections, NE, NW, SE and SW:

Southeast: This area has a variety of housing options.

Northeast: Includes the areas of Rockford and Kent county, and holds a plethora of hiking, biking and golfing opportunities.

Southwest: Composed of the suburbs of Wyoming, Grandville and Byron Center, this area is known fo– Hey! Look at that giant mall!

Northwest: A more rural area.

Breaking it Down

Eastown

Eastown, so hot right now . . . Eastown. GR's most happening 'hood offers everything you need to get through your day: art galleries, bookstores, a legendary breakfast spot, dive bars, coffee and hot yoga. Located just 5 minutes east of downtown Grand Rapids, snaggable rentals include townhomes, mid-rise apartments and second floor apartments.

Heritage Hill

Founded in 1848 (hence the name) Heritage Hills' rental inventory consists primarily of old, stately manors carved into apartments, and single-family homes. By the way, the whole freakin' neighborhood is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Belknap Lookout

The Lookout has a diverse selection of rentals. The farther east you go, the nicer it gets.

Heartside

This neighborhood is smack in the center of town, and somewhat of an ongoing project. A recently opened farmers market and nightlife district and the assortment of LEED-certified apartment buildings.

Grand Rapids is, quite simply, an extremely friendly place to live, if you didn’t notice from the lip dub. It offer a vibrant downtown, cool neighborhood shopping districts, and green development plans. So here’s a final insider tip for you, go out and buy a jacket, you don’t want to miss the boat on this one. Hurry and find your rental – before global warming ruins your chances!

Grand Rapids Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Grand Rapids ranks on:
A Plans for homeownership
A+ City satisfaction
A+ Confidence in the local economy
B+ Safety and crime rate
C- Access to recreational activities
B Quality of schools
C- State and local taxes
C+ Satisfaction with daily commute
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Grand Rapids's results from the first annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 18,000 renters, provides new insights into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

"Grand Rapids renters report an extremely high degree of satisfaction (9th happiest in the country) and are very confident in the local economy," says Andrew Tam, Vice President of Data Science at Apartment List. "The US renter population is at its highest level in 20 years, and Grand Rapids has a lot to offer this highly mobile demographic."

Key findings in Grand Rapids include the following:

  • Grand Rapids renters give their city an A+ overall, which is one of the highest grades in the country.
  • The Grand Rapids economy earned an A+, with 46% of renters saying the local economy is on the right track compared to just 18% who disagree. This was the 5th best score in the country.
  • Confidence in the local economy typically correlates to plans for homeownership, and Grand Rapids was no exception: 69% of renters plan to buy a home ranking 16th out of 100 cities in our study.
  • Grand Rapids renters give the city a B+ for safety, reflecting satisfaction levels that are slightly above the national average.
  • Renters gave Grand Rapids a C- for access to recreational activities, which is the lowest grade it received in any category and below the national average.
  • Three Michigan cities ranked, with Grand Rapids earning an A+, Lansing following with a B, and Detroit earning a F.
  • The top rated cities nationwide for city satisfaction were Plano, TX; Boston, MA; Arlington, VA; Austin, TX; and Torrance, CA. The lowest rated cities were Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; and Columbia, SC.

A detailed report explaining the survey's methodology, analysis, and findings is available upon request. To obtain a copy, please email Andrew Tam, Apartment List's Vice President of Data Science, at andrew@apartmentlist.com.