The 10 Richest Neighborhoods In Grand Rapids, MI For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Grand Rapids are home to the 1%.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest neighborhoods to live in Grand Rapids.

Richest Neighborhoods In Grand Rapids

Welcome to the land of the 1%. Where you'll find lawyers, and doctors, and business executives. And while they probably aren't made of ticky tacky, they are definitely made of money.

These are the wealthiest neighborhoods that Grand Rapids has to offer. Where houses go for over 1.1x the national median and household incomes are 1.22x the national median.

But where exactly in Grand Rapids do the richest of the rich people live? That would be Michgan Oaks where the median income is a cool $67,069.

Here's a look at the top 10 richest neighborhoods in Grand Rapids out of 32 for 2021.

What's the richest neighborhood to live in Grand Rapids for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Michgan Oaks looks to be the richest Grand Rapids neighborhood to live in.

Summing up the median income of those 10 neighborhoods adds up to $599,191. And that my friend, is more 0s than most of us will see in our bank account for a long, long time -- if we ever get that lucky. Continue on to find where your neighborhood ranks amongst the richest in Grand Rapids. Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from richest to poorest.

For more Grand Rapids reading, check out the best neighborhoods in Grand Rapids and the worst neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. Or, for living around Grand Rapids, out the best Grand Rapids suburbs and the worst Grand Rapids suburbs.

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How We Determined The Wealthiest Neighborhoods In Grand Rapids For 2021

Every city has it's best neighborhoods -- where everyone wants to live -- and the worst neighborhoods -- where no one wants to live. And then you have the wealthiest neighborhoods, where no one can afford to live.

And by no one, we really mean you because there's always someone richer than you.

How do you quantify richer than you? We looked at one simple criterion:

Which neighborhoods have the highest median income?

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we ranked every neighborhood based on income levels.

We ranked every neighborhood in Grand Rapids by median income from highest to lowest. The neighborhood with the highest median income, Michgan Oaks, was named the richest neighborhood in Grand Rapids.

The poorest neighborhood? That would be Black Hills.

Now a look at how all the neighborhoods in Grand Rapids ranked.

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Detailed List Of The Richest Neighborhoods In Grand Rapids For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Median Household Income<
1 Michgan Oaks $67,069
2 Ridgemoor $66,714
3 Cherry Run $66,020
4 Fulton Heights $61,838
5 Eastown $59,200
6 Norteast Citizens Action $58,311
7 Westside Connection $56,785
8 Ottawa Hills $56,521
9 Eastgate $55,292
10 Belknap Lookout $51,441
11 Alger Heights $49,986
12 Creston $48,193
13 Midtown $47,443
14 Millbrook $47,338
15 John Ball Park $46,033
16 Heritage Hill $43,151
17 South Hill $43,048
18 Fuller Avenue $42,868
19 East Hills $42,667
20 South East End $41,723
21 Highland Park $40,522
22 Heartside $40,313
23 Swan $39,084
24 West Grand $36,317
25 Garfield Park $35,081
26 Oakdale $33,986
27 Baxter $32,854
28 Roosevelt Park $30,715
29 South East Community $30,508
30 Auburn Hill $29,333
31 Madison Area $27,014
32 Black Hills $18,681

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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