When it comes to amazing places to live, Grand Rapids takes the cake. Seems like the city is in all of the top 10 lists of good places to be. Well, looks like we have another feather to add to our (Santa) hat.

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The author of the famous children’s book The Polar Express grew up near Grand Rapids. It only makes sense that America’s jolliest city would inspire such a Christmas classic. Just witness as the holiday season kicks off with the Art Van Santa Parade. After that the city will have you believing that a train might be coming to take you to a winter wonderland.

The people of Grand Rapids certainly have good reasons to be jolly. The city has one of the the highest numbers of food pantries per capita out of all 200 cities we looked at. It also tied with Salt Lake City in terms of unemployment and has the best cost of living index out of the whole top 10. With jobs to go to and bills that don’t break the bank, the people of Grand Rapids can focus on the joy of giving this season.

Fun Fact: Trees for Troops, a program run by Christmas tree growers in Michigan, donates over 1,000 trees to military families each year.

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How neat is that? They base the list on safety, food banks, bakeries, Christmas events, cost of living, and Christmas tree farms.

So, that's not taking into account the awesomeness in downtown of Rosa Park's circle with the huge Christmas tree and skating rink. Nor the myriad of breweries that help make us a little more jolly.

Anyway, give yourself a pat on the back Grand Rapids!