Forbes comprised a list of cities where it could be easier to make ones "mark" and Grand Rapids made the list!

Here's how they determined each city...

  • Forbes wanted cities where the home prices where significantly lower than most metropolitan cities.
  • Forbes also said that each city on the list had to have a population over 150,000 citizens.
  • Forbes looked at unemployment rates to see if that had improved over recent years.

 

Of 19 cities, Grand Rapids was number 10!

Here's the stats:

Population: 192,294
Median home sales price (Q1 2014): $103,500
Unemployment: 7.8%
Unemployment change July 2013-June 2014: -26.4%
Population growth 2008-2012: 1.3%
Pop. Age 25-39 (2012): 23.8%
Change in Pop. 25-39, 2010-2012: 4.9%
Violent crime (annual, per 100,000 people): 771.2
FORBES' Business and Careers Rank: 39

 

The top 10 on the list:

  1. Columbus, Ohio
  2. Rochester, NY
  3. Pittsburgh, PA
  4. Toledo, Ohio
  5. Buffalo, NY
  6. Rockford, IL
  7. Lubbock, TX
  8. Philadelphia, PA
  9. Memphis, Tenn.
  10. GRAND RAPIDS!

[Forbes]