Ada is a township in Western Michigan with a rich history dating back to the late 18th century. The small town is located right outside of Grand Rapids, which allows residents to have access to the amenities of the big city. Besides this, residents of Ada enjoy the surrounding parks and preserves, a farmers market, and local breweries.
Climate and Geography
Ada has a humid continental climate, meaning residents can expect hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. The area receives an average of 37 inches of rain, 65 inches of snow, and 160 sunny days per year.
The city's terrain is mainly lush, rolling hills and heavily wooded areas. The Grand and Thornapple Rivers run through the city as well.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Residents of Ada have plenty of ways to get outside. Popular natural areas and greenspaces include Reeds Lake for year-round fishing, Fallasburg Park for boating, and Seidman Park for wooded walking trails. Residents can also golf at the Quail Ridge Golf Club.
Top attractions in Ada include local breweries and wineries, a weekly farmers market, and small boutiques. In addition, the planned New Ada Village will include a public amphitheater, riverfront park, and restaurants.
For more entertainment and shopping, Grand Rapids is only 15 minutes away.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Ada is higher than the state and national averages. This is mainly caused by high housing costs. Health care and transportation costs are below average.
Michigan does not tax Social Security benefits, and all other forms of retirement income are largely deductible. Property taxes are above average, and there are is a homestead tax credit available to homeowners. The statewide sales tax rate of 6 percent is below average.
The Grand Rapids metro area scores well on Gallup's Well-Being Index, ranking in the top 35 communities across the country.
There are no hospitals in Ada, but there are several in nearby Grand Rapids. These include Mercy Health St. Mary's Campus, Spectrum Health-Butterworth and Blodgett Campuses, and Metro Health-University of Michigan Health-Wyoming, all of which are rated high performing by U.S. News.