Retire in Grand Rapids

Best Retirement City - Grand Rapids

See why many believe that Grand Rapids is the best city to retire

Some are surprised to see Grand Rapids, Michigan, in our collection of top places to retire. Many still think of the old Grand Rapids, a highly industrial city lacking in cultural offerings. While that may have been true in the past, the city now has a reinvigorated downtown area with a thriving arts, cultural and restaurant scene, all with a cost of living lower than the national average. Click on the above tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in Grand Rapids.

City Highlights

  1. Reinvigorated arts and cultural scene
  2. Low cost of living
  3. Top golf city (surprise!)
  4. Low 65+ unemployment rate

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Below average 65+ income
  2. Industrial feel

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 39,227

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Milwaukee, WI

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Gerald R Ford International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Gerald R Ford International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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