The Latest Honors for Grand Rapids!

8 Underappreciated American Cities You Need to Check Out This Year, Thrillist

January, 2019

"A robust beer scene and dynamic investment are putting Grand Rapids squarely in the spotlight."

25 U.S. Cities That Millennials Can Afford — and Actually Want to Live In, The Penny Hoarder

June, 2018

"Although rent for a one-bedroom apartment is around $840, the cost of everything else plus the influx of millennials pushed Grand Rapids into No. 2. That’s because of two words: beer and jobs."

LendingTree Ranks the Best and Worst Cities for New Small Businesses, LendingTree

February, 2018

"Coming in second place overall was Grand Rapids, Mich. Businesses reported an average annual revenue of $293,495 and 85.2% of applicants were profitable. Businesses in Grand Rapids reported they were profitable more often than businesses in top-ranked Sacramento."

The Hottest Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2018, Trulia

December, 2017

"On the mighty banks of the Grand River, Michigan’s second-largest city is at the top of our list largely due to its strong employment growth, which is up 2.5 percent year-over-year."

Forget New York — millennials are flocking to 10 US cities to get a job, buy a home, and start a life, Business Insider

December, 2017

"#1: Job growth (year-over-year): 2.5%, Share of income needed to buy a home: 26.7%, Share of population under 35: 22%"

America’s Most Underrated Cities, Travel+Leisure

October, 2017

"Visitors might be surprised to find hip restaurants serving hyper-local produce, a handful of excellent craft brewers (try the Michigan Cherry IPA at Perrin), and a number of museums all within walking distance."

The 10 Big U.S. Cities With the Fastest-Growing Economies, Forbes

August, 2017

"Surpassing all other large metropolitan regions in terms of getting more of its workforce back on the job was Grand Rapids, Michigan."


July, 2017

"The large metros showing the most improvement (with the greatest increase in the annual growth rate) are Nashville (+1.8 pts.), Grand Rapids (+0.9 pts.) and Tucson (+0.7 pts.)."

A Matador guide to the best college towns in America, Matador Network

July, 2017

"Dubbed “Beer City,” Grand Rapids has the Ale Trail with more than 60 craft breweries. Art and design have a strong presence, with exhibits at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, ArtPrize, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum — the only LEED Gold certified museum for its environmental design."

The 25 Best Towns of 2017, Outside

June, 2017

"The entire state is on the rebound, and no city offers better proof of that than Grand Rapids."