10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Michigan For 2019

We used science and data to determine which cities in Michigan have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Michigan.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.


According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Michigan? We’ve got the answers here.

If you’re thinking of making a move to Michigan, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Michigan and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in Michigan anyways?

To give you the places in Michigan which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Wolverine State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Michigan, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Michigan, that meant a total of 86 cities.

Read on to see why South Lyon is where all the families are headed, while Highland Park is probably a place made for singles.

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Michigan For 2019

South Lyon, MI

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Population: 11,695
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Detroit
Households with kids: 30.4%
More on South Lyon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

South Lyon is a city in Southwestern Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan, in Metro Detroit. The population was 11,327 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area, which had a population of 106,139 according to the 2000 census. South Lyon is located in Oakland County’s Lyon Township, near the Livingston County and Washtenaw County lines. The city is 19 miles north of Ann Arbor, 45 miles west of Detroit and 58 miles east of Lansing.

Birmingham, MI

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Population: 20,836
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Detroit
Households with kids: 29.0%
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Birmingham is a city on the north side of Metro Detroit in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,103.

Rochester, MI

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Population: 12,987
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Detroit
Households with kids: 29.5%
More on Rochester: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rochester is a city on the north side of the Detroit Metropolitan Area, in Oakland County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 12,711 at the 2010 census.

New Baltimore, MI

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Population: 12,315
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Detroit
Households with kids: 34.5%
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New Baltimore is a city and a historic, coastal resort community in Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 12,084 at the 2010 census. New Baltimore is in Metropolitan Detroit.

Monroe, MI

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Population: 20,128
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Toledo
Households with kids: 28.4%
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Monroe is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan located on the western shore of Lake Erie. The population was 20,733 at the 2010 census. It is the largest city and county seat of Monroe County. The city is bordered on the south by Monroe Charter Township, but both are politically independent.

Owosso, MI

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Population: 14,641
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Detroit
Households with kids: 29.1%
More on Owosso: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Owosso is a city in Shiawassee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 15,194 at the 2010 census. The city is located on the eastern side of Owosso Township, but is politically independent. The city was named after Chief Wasso, an Ojibwa leader of the Shiawassee area.

Clawson, MI

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Population: 12,006
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Detroit
Households with kids: 18.5%
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Clawson is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Detroit metropolitan area. At the 2010 census, its population was 11,825.

Ionia, MI

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Population: 11,253
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Detroit
Households with kids: 28.5%
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Ionia is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Ionia County, Michigan, United States. The population was 11,394 at the 2010 census. Every late July it hosts what is said to be the world’s largest free-admission fair. The city is mostly within Ionia Township, with small portion extending into Easton Township and Berlin Township, but is politically autonomous of the townships.

Troy, MI

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Population: 83,336
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Detroit
Households with kids: 33.1%
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Troy is a city located in Metropolitan Detroit’s northern suburbs in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 80,980 at the 2010 census, making it the 11th-largest city in Michigan by population, and the largest city in Oakland County. Troy has become a business and shopping destination in the Metro Detroit area, with numerous office centers and the upscale Somerset Collection mall.

Berkley, MI

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Population: 15,269
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Detroit
Households with kids: 26.9%
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Berkley is a suburb of Detroit located along the Woodward Corridor in southeastern Oakland County, Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the total population was 14,970.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Michigan

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Michigan ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Michigan according to the data:

  1. Highland Park
  2. Muskegon Heights
  3. Sault Ste. Marie

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Michigan

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 South Lyon, MI 11,695 43
2 Birmingham, MI 20,836 61
3 Rochester, MI 12,987 60
4 New Baltimore, MI 12,315 34
5 Monroe, MI 20,128 63
6 Owosso, MI 14,641 66
7 Clawson, MI 12,006 34
8 Ionia, MI 11,253 46
9 Troy, MI 83,336 56
10 Berkley, MI 15,269 38
11 Big Rapids, MI 10,413 47
12 Livonia, MI 94,708 52
13 Midland, MI 41,958 50
14 Dearborn, MI 95,295 49
15 Beverly Hills, MI 10,424 32
16 Novi, MI 58,835 44
17 Trenton, MI 18,392 51
18 Rochester Hills, MI 73,458 58
19 Holland, MI 33,488 74
20 Allen Park, MI 27,406 39
21 Farmington Hills, MI 81,235 47
22 Wixom, MI 13,777 60
23 Grosse Pointe Park, MI 11,240 51
24 Cadillac, MI 10,375 67
25 Jackson, MI 32,875 59
26 Port Huron, MI 29,285 72
27 Fraser, MI 14,616 61
28 Marquette, MI 21,081 60
29 Ann Arbor, MI 119,303 89
30 Alpena, MI 10,123 57
31 Royal Oak, MI 58,973 58
32 Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 15,678 43
33 Coldwater, MI 10,819 63
34 Westland, MI 82,172 56
35 Sturgis, MI 10,861 42
36 East Lansing, MI 48,281 50
37 Wyandotte, MI 25,175 45
38 Dearborn Heights, MI 56,201 54
39 Niles, MI 11,332 56
40 Warren, MI 135,147 50
41 Farmington, MI 10,560 37
42 Grand Haven, MI 10,929 59
43 Riverview, MI 12,192 59
44 Harper Woods, MI 13,890 49
45 Ypsilanti, MI 20,804 66
46 Melvindale, MI 10,432 34
47 Mount Pleasant, MI 25,711 57
48 Sterling Heights, MI 131,996 41
49 Hamtramck, MI 21,959 38
50 Madison Heights, MI 30,173 41
51 Escanaba, MI 12,364 41
52 Oak Park, MI 29,824 42
53 Ferndale, MI 20,159 50
54 Lansing, MI 115,222 100
55 Battle Creek, MI 51,505 68
56 Saginaw, MI 49,366 53
57 East Grand Rapids, MI 11,493 33
58 Grand Rapids, MI 195,355 73
59 Eastpointe, MI 32,601 34
60 Romulus, MI 23,479 56
61 St. Clair Shores, MI 59,865 41
62 Muskegon, MI 38,189 77
63 Auburn Hills, MI 22,644 51
64 Wayne, MI 17,090 45
65 Southfield, MI 73,228 55
66 Flint, MI 97,810 55
67 Kalamazoo, MI 75,833 54
68 Fenton, MI 11,364 53
69 Southgate, MI 29,291 59
70 Hazel Park, MI 16,587 49
71 Wyoming, MI 75,124 56
72 Inkster, MI 24,670 60
73 Pontiac, MI 60,039 45
74 Portage, MI 48,072 44
75 Lincoln Park, MI 37,028 31
76 Detroit, MI 679,865 100
77 Roseville, MI 47,617 51
78 Taylor, MI 61,648 54
79 Burton, MI 28,856 32
80 Walker, MI 24,618 45
81 Grandville, MI 15,902 51
82 Kentwood, MI 51,154 41
83 Norton Shores, MI 24,234 58
84 Sault Ste. Marie, MI 13,798 44
85 Muskegon Heights, MI 10,743 36
86 Highland Park, MI 10,955 51

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One thought on “10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Michigan For 2019

  1. Of the 10 wealthiest cities in Michigan…. Way off the mark…. You failed to list Bloomfield Hills which everyone in Michigan KNOWS has the highest median income… You also left out West Bloomfield ! Not sure where you gather stats….. Before you make claims as to wealthiest, look again.

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