Population: 11,396Median home value: $82,500 65 Ranks better than 37% of areas
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B- Ionia Amenities Some amenities close to this location
B+ Ionia Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% lower than Michigan
8317% less expensive than the US average
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Ionia cost of living
B Ionia Crime Total crime is 24% lower than Michigan
Total crime
1,70138% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5938% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Ionia crime
F Ionia Employment Household income is 36% lower than Michigan
Median household income
$32,28642% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$12,64358% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%31% higher than the US average
Ionia employment
C+ Ionia Housing Home value is 35% lower than Michigan
Median home value
$82,50055% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$66230% lower than the US average
Home ownership
55%14% lower than the US average
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F Ionia Schools HS graduation rate is 26% lower than Michigan
High school grad. rates
64%23% lower than the US average
School test scores
34%31% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% higher than the US average
Ionia K-12 schools or Ionia colleges

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Ionia, MI Needs Some Work

After living in Ionia, MI for just over 6 years now, I am really not certain as to whether I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new place to settle down and call home. Several years ago I would have said yes, this is one of the best areas in Michigan. However, a failing school system, scarce employment prospects, and very little housing has dampened my opinion quite a bit. Mind you, the people here are great, and the crime rate is actually not too bad. There are just a number of things that have gone downhill and don't seem to be improving.

I will say there are some pretty fun and interesting things to do and see around here. We have the Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park, the Wizard of Oz Festival, the Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, Bertha Brock Park, and one of my personal favorite places, Klackle Orchard.

Honestly, it would just take a bit of commitment and work from the entire community pulling together to make things happen and make this place brag-worthy like it used to be.
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Source: The Ionia, MI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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