GVSU survey finds most like living in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Most people rate greater Grand Rapids as a good or excellent place to live, and most also rate their specific neighborhood highly. Those findings come from a new GVSU survey released Friday morning.

Jodi Petersen, the lead researcher with Grand Valley's Community Research Institute, discussed the Voice GR survey with WZZM.

"Overall people are very happy with the city of Grand Rapids; people feel like it's a good place to live, feel like it's safe, but when you really break that down into subgroups of the population, by race, by ethnicity, by income,by geography, they you see that there are some disparities and there are certain groups within the city that are not having quite an easy a time."

The lower one's income or education, the less likely they were to give high ratings on a variety of measurements.

87% of those surveyed last fall rated the quality of life in the area as good or excellent. 78% rated their own neighborhood as good or excellent.

Petersen says the data will be shared with local non-profit groups to help them best decide where to target their resources.


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