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Grand Rapids Rankings

We think Grand Rapids is one of the best places in the world to live and work.

Thankfully, many unbiased sources agree with our opinion. Browse through the rankings below to learn more.

2016

2015

  • Ranked #1 city to raise a family out of 100 largest metros by Forbes
  • Named 2nd best U.S. city to find a job by Forbes
  • Ranked #3 city in the nation for economic growth by The Detroit Free Press
  • Spectrum Health ranked in top 50 for 10 specialties by U.S. News and World Report
  • #1 place to visit in "Top 15 places to visit in the U.S. for 2015" by Groupon
  • First place in the U.S. Conference of Mayors/USA Funds 2015 National Education Pathwayswith a Purpose Awards Program by SYS-Con Media
  • First place in the U.S. Manufacturing Revival by Forbes
  • Ranked 3rd in 2015 Leading Locations Report from Area Development Magazine

2014

  • Grand Rapds MSA ranked #3 for economic performance by The Manhattan Institute
  • Ranked 4th as America's Smartest Cities Report by Forbes
  • Grand Rapids ranked in Top 25 among Best Performing Cities in America Study by Milken Institute
  • Ranked 3rd in Top 5 Cities for New Engineering Jobs by Change the Equation
  • Named one of 50 States, 50 Spots for 2014 by CNN
  • Named one of the 10 Best Places to Visit in the U.S. by Amtrak
  • Ranked 9th Top 10 cities with affordable healthcare by Livability.com
  • Ranked 9th as America's 10 most exciting Mid-Sized Cities by MOVOTO Blog
  • Ranked 3rd for best mid-size cities for jobs in 2014 by Forbes
  • Named one of the most underrated placed in the U.S. by Global Yodel

2013

  • Ranked 7th as the Happiest Cities to work in right now by Forbes
  • Named one of the top 15 U.S. Cities Emerging Downtowns by Forbes
  • Named one of the ten best cities to find employment right now by Forbes
  • Named one of the nine "Great Places You've (Maybe) Never Heard of" by Mother Earth News
  • Named one of the 5 most beer-friendly cities in America by Details.com
  • Ranks as second most 'secure' metro in the U.S. by Farmers Insurance
  • Grand Rapids and the Gold Coast named #1 top US destination in 2014 by Lonely Planet
  • Named in Holiday Travel: 9 places to eat, drink, and be merry by ZAGAT.com
  • Named of 14 destinations for your 2014 travel bucket list by Huffington Post