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Grand Rapids is number what!?

June 19, 2018 | By The Blehm Group

Grand Rapids is making waves again. Imagine that!

Data from Realtor.com showed that Grand Rapids ranked ninth in the country for the hottest housing market.


This is somewhat considerable news, as midwest players have not always performed well in this category. Statistically, only 3 of the top 10 cities in the list are from the midwest. Columbus, Ohio came in at 4, and Fort Wayne, Indiana followed Grand Rapids at 10. Michigan's own Ann Arbor and Detroit came in at 15th and 16th respectively. This is great news for the "rustbelt" cities of America, which shows that urban centers are on the continual upswing.

Not long ago, California and New York owned this top 20 list, and many believe that that the entry of the midwest cities are attributed to the coasts' soaring housing costs.

Regardless, Grand Rapids was always what I'd consider one of Michigan's best kept secrets. Not anymore!

Here is the top 20 list for the curious ones:

  • 1.  Midland, Texas
  • 2.  Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts-New Hampshire
  • 3.  San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California
  • 4.  Columbus, Ohio
  • 5.  Vallejo-Fairfield, California
  • 6.  Boise City, Idaho
  • 7.  Stockton-Lodi, California
  • 8.  Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York
  • 9.  Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan
  • 10. Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 11. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 12. Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, California
  • 13. Worcester, Massachusetts-Connecticut
  • 14. Rochester, New York
  • 15. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 16. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan
  • 17. Odessa, Texas
  • 18. Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington
  • 19. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
  • 20. Racine, Wisconsin