Recently a list of the top 30 counties in Michigan to raise a family came out and many of those counties are in West Michigan but 3 made the top 5.

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Michigan Has a Lot to Offer Families

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If you plan on raising your family in the state of Michigan, there are a lot of great options for any family all throughout the state. No matter where you choose to live you will not be far from one or more of the Great Lakes, not to mention all of the great outdoors, job opportunities, and school districts to choose from. The state is full of great universities like the University of Michigan, Michigan State, Grand Valley University, Central Michigan, West Michigan University, and Ferris State, and that just barely scratches the surface of educational opportunities.

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When deciding on where to raise a family in Michigan, it is good to know where some of the best opportunities are located. 3 of the top five counties in Michigan to raise a family are in West Michigan.

3 of The Top 5 Counties to Raise a Family Are in West Michigan

Kent County

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Kent County lands at number 3 in the top 30 counties to raise a family in Michigan. Some of the best public and private schools in the state are in the county. Great job opportunities, a booming housing market, and not far from almost all of the state's top universities.

Ottawa County

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Ottawa County was another that made the top 5 counties for raising a family. As you can see the county borders Lake Michigan so you can only imagine the kind of fun a family could have in the region. Lots of great public, private, and religious schools and universities to choose from. Plus, the job or even business opportunities are great in the county, and not a far commute to opportunities in nearby counties.

Kalamazoo County

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Kalamazoo County has plenty of reasons why a family would want to live there and come in at number 5 of the best counties in Michigan to raise a family. There are lots of recreational opportunities for families who enjoy the outdoors. The county hosts some of the top schools in the state for all levels of children. Kalamazoo County offers a great job market and is close to Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, and other markets with great highways to commute to and from work.

If you would like to find out who the top 2 Michigan counties were or the other 25 in case you are interested in seeing where your county ranks, Stacker has put together a list that gives you a lot more to dive into when you click here.

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