By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Business Week named Spring Arbor "The Best, Affordable Place to Raise Kids" in Michigan. A title that validates what parents and town officials already knew.

"It's small enough that you'll see people and say, 'Hi, how are you doing?' It's nice that they know who you are. THey watch out for your kids," said Spring Arbor parent Michelle Asbury.

"It makes the job of the safety board easier because you have this, somebody sees trouble they call the police immediately," said Charles Kuntzleman, a member of the Spring Arbor Board of Public Safety.

The nationwide survey used 8 categories to determine the top picks, including school performance, job growth, and crime statistics.

"We have maintained the police department the way it's been for a number of years," said Spring Arbor Township Supervisor Marston Fortress.

Spring Arbor has not made any significant cuts to police or fire in the last 5 years.

The university and the Methodist church make up the heart of the town. The township supervisor says the people's core values of faith and family make the town deserving of the title.

"This town started as a rural agricultural area. Family Farms that had strong family values and strong work ethic. They have been a part of our local government and part of our leadership," said Fortress.

Residents consistantly support township efforts by voting for millages and attending community events.

"When we have a pancake day here at the Spring Arbor Fire Station for a fundraiser we'll have over 900 people that come in," said Fire Chief Tim McEldowney.

With a growing population of 8,000 people, Spring Arbor hasn't lost it's small town ideal of good neighbors.

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  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Jan 17, 2011 at 03:46 PM
    To make a national list is a big honor for any community. Congrats to everyone in Spring Arbor for being recognized as a role model. It is nice to see some positive news about Jackson.
  • by Mark Location: Jackson on Jan 17, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    It is nice to see that communities outside of jackson does not have the same reputation as Jackson. The state should learn lessons from the morals and ethics of SA.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    I would never raise a child in any big city.They say that's where jobs are.Well I took less pay to protect my kids from so many things.My kids turned out great.
  • by Isis Location: Somewhere on Jan 16, 2011 at 06:28 PM
    I used to live in Spring Arbor. It was pretty nice. I could walk around without having to be afraid. There are a lot of bullying problems at Western Middle and High School, though.
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