Why Greater Grand Rapids

See How Greater Grand Rapids Stacks Up

We think Greater Grand Rapids is one of the best places in the world to live, work and play. Thankfully, we aren’t the only ones. Take a look below to browse through some of Grand Rapids’ top rankings over the years.

2021 Rankings

  • #2 - 2021 Top 10 Remote-Ready Cities in the US - Grand Rapids, Livability

2020 Rankings

  • #3 - Top Cities Where U.S. Manufacturing is Thriving - Grand Rapids, AdvisorSmith
  • #7 - Top 10 Metros for Millennials - Grand Rapids, New York Times/CommercialCafe
  • #1 - 7 Places to Go in 2020 -- Before the Crowds Hit - Grand Rapids, Jetsetter
  • #2 - Top Housing Market for Millennials - Grand Rapids, ImproveNet
  • #21 - 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S. - Grand Rapids, Livability
  • #1 - Best Cities for First-Time Homebuyers - Grand Rapids, SmartAsset
  • #1 - Cities with the Most Manufacturing Jobs - Grand Rapids/Kentwood, Smartest Dollar
  • #13 - 50 Best Places to Live in America - Grand Rapids, Business Insider
  • #9 - Most Affordable Places to Live in the U.S. in 2020-21, U.S. News & World Report

2019 Rankings

  • Top 10 Cities to Buy Affordable Homes on a $60k Salary - Grand Rapids, CNBC
  • #5 - Top U.S. Growth Cities for 2018 - Grand Rapids/Wyoming, U-Haul
  • #1 - Best City in Michigan - East Grand Rapids, USA Today
  • #51 - Best Metro for STEM Professionals - Grand Rapids, WalletHub
  • Top Up and Coming Cities in the U.S. in 2019 - Grand Rapids, Thrillist
  • #10 - Annual International Housing Affordability Survey - Grand Rapids, Demographia
  • #45 - 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live - Grand Rapids, Livability
  • #6 - Best Places to Retire in the U.S. - Grand Rapids, U.S. News & World Report
  • #6 - 25 Best Affordable Places to Live in the U.S. in 2019 - Grand Rapids, U.S. News & World Report
  • #13 - 25 Best Places to Live in the U.S.in 2019 - Grand Rapids, U.S. News & World Report
  • 16 Incredibly Romantic Getaways in the Midwest - Grand Rapids, TripAdvisor
  • #1 - Best Small Cities for Starting a Business - Holland, WalletHub
  • #2 - Top 5 Most Popular Destinations for Millennials - Grand Rapids, National Association of Realtors
  • #2 - Top Hiring Metro Areas in the U.S. - Grand Rapids, ManpowerGroup
  • #4 - Best Cities for First-Time Home Buyers - Grand Rapids, WalletHub
  • Top 20 Cities for 7-Year Job Growth - Grand Rapids, Reuters
  • #1 - Mid-Sized Metro for Economic Growth Potential - Grand Rapids, Business Facilities
  • #1 - America's 10 Hottest Neighborhoods, Grand Rapids (49505 - Creston), Realtor.com
  • #1 - Top Metro for Sustainable Development, Site Selection Magazine
  • #15 - Best Places to Buy a House in 2019, Grand Rapids - WalletHub
  • #9 - Best Midsize Cities to Buy a House in 2019, Grand Rapids - WalletHub
  • #59 - Best Places to Live in 2019, Wyoming, MI - Money Magazine
  • #25 - Best Food Cities in America, Grand Rapids - WalletHub
  • #12 - 2020 State Business Tax Climate Index - MEDC
  • #2 & #6 - Hottest U.S. Housing Markets of 2019, Grand Rapids (Alger Heights & Creston) - Redfin
  • #10 - Top 10 Craft Beer Cities Around the U.S., Grand Rapids - Farm Flavor (A Livability site)

2018 Rankings

  • #26 - Best Metro in the U.S. for STEM Professionals - Grand Rapids, WalletHub
  • #1 - Region for End-of-Life Care Quality - Grand Rapids, Washington Post
  • #4 - Top Counties in Michigan for Manufacturing Jobs - Kent County, U.S Census Bureau
  • #1 - Top States for Auto Manufacturing Jobs - Michigan, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • #4 - Top States for Manufacturing Jobs - Michigan, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • #1 - Metro for Living a Balanced Lifestyle - Grand Rapids, MagnifyMoney
  • #3 - Best Cities for First-Time Home Buyers - Grand Rapids, LendingTree
  • #7 - Fastest Growing Economy in the U.S. - Grand Rapids, Forbes and Headlight Data
  • #2 - Most Improved Metros for Percentage Growth in GRP - Grand Rapids, Headlight Data
  • #2 - Best Places for New Small Businesses - Grand Rapids, LendingTree
  • #5 - Best Places to Live in Michigan - East Grand Rapids, Niche
  • #54 - Best Places to Live in the U.S. - East Grand Rapids, Niche
  • #3 - State for Tech Job Growth in 2017 - Michigan, CompTIA
  • #28 - Most Hipster City in the World - Grand Rapids, MoveHub
  • #1 - Small City to Start a Business in the U.S. - Holland, WalletHub
  • High-Performing City - Grand Rapids, Governing and Living Cities
  • #13 - Best Large City to Start a Business - Grand Rapids, WalletHub
  • #2 - Best Place to Make the Most of a Tight Budget - Grand Rapids, MagnifyMoney
  • #6 - Smaller City Poised to Skyrocket - Grand Rapids, Realtor.com
  • #10 - Best Cities to Start a Career - Grand Rapids, WalletHub
  • #11 - Best States for Businesses - Michigan, CNBC
  • #27 - America's Biggest Boomtowns - Grand Rapids, MagnifyMoney
  • #1 - America's Hottest ZIP Code - Kentwood, 49508, Realtor.com
  • #14 - Top 50 Best Destinations for Millennials in 2019, hometogo.com
  • #2 - Top 10 Markets and Neighborhoods to watch in 2019, Trulia.com
  • #49 - Comeback Cities: Declining Crime Across the U.S., SecurityChoice.com

2017 Rankings

  • #2 - Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness - Michigan, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • #1 - Fastest Growing U.S. Economy - Grand Rapids, HeadlightData.com
  • #19 - Best Cities in the U.S. - Grand Rapids, US News.com
  • #2 - Best Place to be a Millennial - Grand Rapids, Trulia.com
  • #3 - Big Cities with the Healthiest Housing Markets - Grand Rapids, SmartAsset.com
  • #4 - Housing Market to Watch - Grand Rapids, Trulia
  • #5 - Best Large Cities to Start a Business - Grand Rapids, WalletHub
  • #9 - Hottest Hipster Markets in the U.S. - Grand Rapids, Realtor.com and Yelp
  • #3 - Hottest Housing Markets in the U.S. - Kentwood, Realtor.com
  • #5 - America's Most Underrated Cities - Grand Rapids, Travel + Leisure
  • #1 - Housing Market in the Nation - Grand Rapids, Trulia

2016 Rankings

2015 Rankings

  • #1 - City to Raise a Family - Grand Rapids, Forbes
  • #2 - Best U.S. Cities to Find a Job - Grand Rapids, Forbes
  • #3 - Top Cities in the Nation for Economic Growth - Grand Rapids, Detroit Free Press
  • Top 50 Hospitals for Specialties - Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, U.S. News and World Report
  • #1 - Top Places to Visit in the U.S. - Grand Rapids, Groupon
  • #1 - U.S. Conference of Mayors/USA Funds 2015 National Education Pathways with a Purpose Awards Program - Grand Rapids, SYS-Con Media
  • #3 - Cities Leading a U.S. Manufacturing Revival - Grand Rapids, Forbes
  • #3 - Leading Locations - Grand Rapids, Area Development Magazine