Survey: GR living standards vary; racism a national issue

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Is Grand Rapids a top place to live? The answer depends on who you are, a new Grand Valley State University study shows.

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy found more than 80 percent of Grand Rapids area residents would give the city an overall grade of “A” or “B” as a place to live. However, just 50 percent of those living in the city’s Black Hills neighborhood gave the city a good or excellent rating. The city also received lower marks in the Baxter and Grandville neighborhoods.

People living in the Black Hills, Baxter and Grandville neighborhoods also reported having the most difficult time meeting basic needs. Of those people who struggled to cover basic needs, 35 percent were employed full or part-time.

Those living in the North End, Northeast and Michigan Oaks neighborhoods reported the best ability to meet basic needs.

While the majority of those surveyed (54 percent) felt racism was “very much” an issue in the nation, only 15 percent felt it was a top issue in their neighborhood. The number of people who felt discriminated against dropped dramatically from the previous year, from 33 percent to 15 percent.

The 2015 VoiceGR survey was conducted between June and November of last year.


The Johnson Center VoiceGR 2015 survey

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