Big Rapids

41 reviews
  1. Town in Michigan
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Real Estate
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$90,400
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$524
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    149
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    No Data
    37
  • Robbery
    9
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    261
    575
  • Theft
    1,574
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    28
    257

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$25,134
National
$53,046
Children
9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Reviews

41 reviews
  • Excellent
    3
  • Very Good
    13
  • Average
    23
  • Poor
    1
  • Terrible
    1
Big Rapids is a great small town. There are two major parts, the college area, with big stores and new resturants. Then there is the old town, that has smaller reatuarnts and stores. Both areas are great!
  • Current Resident
  • 2 months ago
Big Rapids is a college town because Ferris State University is located here. Due to it being a college town, the majority of the population are renters, not people who have mortgages and pay taxes, therefore the roads do not get fixed. However, I appreciate the small-town feel of the town and the safety I feel being a young, female student to attend college here.
  • Current Resident
  • 3 months ago
This town is composed mainly of college students who vandalize and steal from local residents. There are very few activities/entertainment options. There are several nice local restaurants, but other than the main source of food is fast food. There is very little culture and the people here are generally all the same.
  • Niche User
  • 8 months ago