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East Grand Rapids
East Grand Rapids
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East Grand Rapids is a city in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The city is located in the Grand Rapids metropolitan area and is located on the shores of Reeds Lake. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,694.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan is definitely not a pedestrian friendly city, nor are the streets well lit. The winters receive 70+ inches of snow. They are cold, dark, and blistering. Though local busing is very available, the wait areas are open to the elements and not lighted at night. Additionally, the cost of living is relatively high, housing ranges, in many areas,well above $250,000 to purchase while rent can range between $850 and $1600 monthly. Grand Rapids has a city income tax. Michigan has both, a state income tax and sales tax. Medical care is available, with top notch hospitals and care facilities, but, like all medical costs, they are drive by insurance companies and their own profits. Nonetheless, Grand Rapids seems very attractive to 25-45 year old age groups.

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How did Michigan earn the grade of B? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Michigan has a state sales tax of 6.00%. Of particular interest is that Michigan does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Michigan has an effective property tax rate of 1.71%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Michigan earned its state tax grade of B.

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