Grand Rapids has received a lot of accolades over the last year or so. We're Beer City, USA, we had an awesome Lip Dub video that went viral online, and now, Forbes Magazine as named Grand Rapids the number one city for raising a family!

That's right, less than two years after a Newsweek reporter referred to Grand Rapids as a "dying city", GR has earned a pretty high honor from Forbes.

The magazine took several factors into account when ranking the 100 largest metro areas in the country: median income, cost of living index, affordability, commuting, percent of people owning homes, crime, and education. The magazine noted that our public school system is supplemented by several charter schools in the area.

While Forbes only broke it down by the numbers, I'm sure most Grand Rapids residents would agree that this is, in fact, an awesome city to raise a family in.



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