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East Grand Rapids named happiest place in Michigan

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What makes you happy? And, are you happy where you live? A new study from Zippia.com names East Grand Rapids as the happiest place to live in the state of Michigan.  

“We crunched the numbers in the entire state of Michigan and East Grand Rapids ended up on top.”

That’s Zippia spokesperson Nick Johnson.

The career advising company also explores life in the U.S.: where to go, where to live.

And recently they looked at what makes people happy - even further, where the happiest people are in Michigan. East Grand Rapids popped to the top of their list.

“Primarily due to the fact that 90 percent of the people in East Grand Rapids, own a home, most have a really good job and more than two-thirds are married. So if you own a home, have a good job and you’re married with a family, that’s a good start toward happiness.”

Johnson says they retrieved data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey and looked at seven criteria to help determine which places are among the happiest. Things like owning a home, having a job and family life.

“So we’re trying to paint a picture of what it’s like to live in different places based on education, work , life, enjoyability, amenities - that kind of thing.”

Johnson says they compiled data for every city in the state with a population of more than 5,000.

And while East Grand Rapids topped the list, Forest Hills came in second.

Huntington Woods, Jenison and Byron Center rounded out top spots.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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