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Old 04-09-2012, 10:26 AM
 
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Housing affordability, cost of living boosted Grand Rapids to the #1 position in Forbes ...

No. 1 Grand Rapids, Michigan - Tom Van Riper - Forbes
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:35 PM
 
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Pretty good going from dying to #1 family town.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, Isanti County, MN
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Pretty good going from dying to #1 family town.
Exactly.....just goes to show they're out to fill space with all that stuff.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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Very cool! But I always take these articles with a grain of salt...
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Very cool! But I always take these articles with a grain of salt...
Totally. All those rankings, good and bad, are garbage/page fillers.
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:48 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Totally. All those rankings, good and bad, are garbage/page fillers.
Yeah. I used to get excited about seeing Michigan cities on these lists, but not anymore. They are meaningless. The list includes Youngstown, OH. Enough said.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Yeah. I used to get excited about seeing Michigan cities on these lists, but not anymore. They are meaningless. The list includes Youngstown, OH. Enough said.
Ha, I know. Youngstown is probably one of the worst looking cities I've ever seen.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, Isanti County, MN
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Even though these lists are obviously just space fillers, I actually do agree that GR is one of the best places anywhere in which to raise a family. I've lived in 4 different regions of the U.S. (south central, southeast, midwest, northeast), and GR has absolutely everything I (personally) would want for my family.

Not too big, not too small

Large base of conservative, family oriented people

Great churches

Fantastic geographic location, being roughly 2 to 3 hours to both Chicago and Detroit, 2 to 3 hours to northern Mich., and within an hour of Lake Michigan.

Good freeway system for a city of its size

Total 4 season climate

Plenty of dining, shopping, entertainment options

Great sports town

City on the upswing (despite what some ignorant writers say)

I've said it time & time again......if we ever decide to move from where we are, GR is first on our list. I especially like the fact that it's not so small that everyone knows you (and your business, like they do up north) and lacking for so many ammenities, but no so big as to be a total chaotic zoo like some of the major metros I've lived in. If I had one complaint, it would be that the aesthetic aspect isn't particularly the best, but I would gladly deal with that in order to have the other things I listed.
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