Best Places To Buy A House In Michigan For 2020


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Michigan have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2020.

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There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Michigan:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Michigan, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Wolverine State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Michigan that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Michigan at the moment? That would be Kingsford according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in michigan for 2020:

  1. Kingsford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Allegan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Frankenmuth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Springfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Eaton Rapids (Homes For Sale)
  6. Grosse Pointe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Chelsea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. St. Clair (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Swartz Creek (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Zeeland (Photos | Homes For Sale)

What's the best place to buy a home in Michigan for 2020? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in michigan and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in michigan.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Michigan For 2020

Kingsford, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,022
Median Home Price: $96,400
Population Change: -0.4%
Home Price Change: 2.7%
More on Kingsford: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Allegan, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,044
Median Home Price: $104,200
Population Change: 0.3%
Home Price Change: 10.6%
More on Allegan: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The men after whom Allegan's downtown streets were named - Elisha Ely, Samuel Hubbard, Charles Christopher Trowbridge, Pliny Cutler, and Edmund Monroe - patented land in the area in 1833. They considered the site a prime location for industry, due to its potential for water power and water bound transportation. By 1835, a dam and sawmill had been established.

Frankenmuth, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,147
Median Home Price: $181,700
Population Change: 2.2%
Home Price Change: 6.4%
More on Frankenmuth: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Springfield, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,208
Median Home Price: $69,000
Population Change: 0.1%
Home Price Change: 22.6%
More on Springfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,216
Median Home Price: $111,400
Population Change: 0.5%
Home Price Change: 7.1%
More on Eaton Rapids: Homes For Sale | Data

The Potawatomis established a village in the area of what is now Eaton Rapids in about 1774.

Grosse Pointe, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,218
Median Home Price: $348,800
Population Change: -0.4%
Home Price Change: 7.2%
More on Grosse Pointe: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Grosse Pointe was incorporated as a village in 1880, but at that time also included what is now Grosse Pointe Farms. The community was divided along its present lines in 1893 over issues of allowing the sale of alcohol. It was incorporated as a city in 1934.

Chelsea, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,295
Median Home Price: $206,800
Population Change: 2.4%
Home Price Change: 2.3%
More on Chelsea: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

St. Clair, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,350
Median Home Price: $150,600
Population Change: -0.5%
Home Price Change: 4.1%
More on St. Clair: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

St. Clair was first platted under the name of Palmer by Thomas Palmer in 1828. The city of St. Clair-s roots go back to 1764, when a British fort was built on the south side of the Pine River near where it flows into the St. Clair River. Pontiac-s Rebellion had taken place the year before and the British wanted a military base on the St. Clair River to protect their shipping route between Detroit and Fort Michilimackinac. Col. Patrick Sinclair was given the task of building it. He also made the new Fort Sinclair a trading post and sawmill center. The fort and the trading post both operated for about twenty years.

Swartz Creek, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,531
Median Home Price: $113,800
Population Change: -0.6%
Home Price Change: 4.7%
More on Swartz Creek: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The Indians travel the trail that paralleled the Swartz Creek to reach the maple trees on what would later be the Crapo Farm and to fish, fruit gathering and hunting while the trail terminated in the Lansing area.

Zeeland, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,581
Median Home Price: $138,700
Population Change: -0.1%
Home Price Change: 10.5%
More on Zeeland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

In 1847, nearly 500 Dutch citizens sailed for America ostensibly to achieve religious freedom, although their decision to immigrate was probably also influenced by other factors, such as their failure to thrive under dire economic conditions in their home province of Zeeland, Netherlands and their opposition to modern scientific and social advances of the time.

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in michigan for 2020?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Michigan. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Michigan with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2014-2018 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Michigan with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Michigan, only 148 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 148 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Kingsford is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Wolverine State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In michigan for 2020

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Michigan. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Michigan

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Kingsford 1 $96,400 -0.4% 2.7%
Allegan 2 $104,200 0.3% 10.6%
Frankenmuth 3 $181,700 2.2% 6.4%
Springfield 4 $69,000 0.1% 22.6%
Eaton Rapids 5 $111,400 0.5% 7.1%
Grosse Pointe 6 $348,800 -0.4% 7.2%
Chelsea 7 $206,800 2.4% 2.3%
St. Clair 8 $150,600 -0.5% 4.1%
Swartz Creek 9 $113,800 -0.6% 4.7%
Zeeland 10 $138,700 -0.1% 10.5%
Petoskey 11 $178,400 0.2% -0.3%
Belding 12 $89,700 0.1% 6.2%
Dowagiac 13 $69,300 -0.6% 3.0%
Richmond 14 $167,600 0.1% 5.3%
Milan 15 $162,000 -0.4% 11.6%
Northville 16 $325,900 -0.5% 1.6%
Manistee 17 $105,400 -0.1% 9.4%
Rockford 18 $169,600 0.9% 2.4%
Holly 19 $110,200 0.3% 7.6%
Huntington Woods 20 $349,500 -0.1% 8.7%
Ishpeming 21 $84,800 -0.0% 5.1%
Milford 22 $233,800 0.5% 8.6%
Marshall 23 $116,800 0.1% 2.9%
Walled Lake 24 $141,800 0.3% 9.8%
St. Louis 25 $81,100 -0.9% 5.2%
Hastings 26 $104,300 -0.1% 13.4%
Hudsonville 27 $149,100 0.1% 5.9%
Iron Mountain 28 $79,700 -0.6% 0.0%
River Rouge 29 $34,200 -0.3% -1.7%
Brighton 30 $194,600 0.8% 4.9%
Three Rivers 31 $79,400 -0.6% 0.9%
Grand Ledge 32 $136,700 0.1% 6.1%
St. Johns 33 $123,500 0.2% 1.3%
Grand Blanc 34 $161,900 -0.5% 9.4%
Houghton 35 $148,200 0.7% 4.4%
Flushing 36 $118,300 -0.6% 5.2%
Ludington 37 $122,800 0.1% 7.3%
Hillsdale 38 $86,500 -0.6% 1.2%
Menominee 39 $73,400 -1.0% -0.4%
Center Line 40 $72,600 0.0% 14.0%
St. Joseph 41 $176,800 0.2% 6.3%
Albion 42 $57,600 0.7% 1.9%
Tecumseh 43 $129,300 -0.1% 7.0%
Greenville 44 $92,200 0.1% 4.2%
Mason 45 $124,800 0.7% 2.2%
Lapeer 46 $101,100 -0.4% 8.2%
Alma 47 $86,200 -0.6% 2.6%
Plymouth 48 $289,500 0.5% 8.3%
Charlotte 49 $104,300 0.3% -2.7%
Saline 50 $243,800 0.7% 5.7%
Grosse Pointe Farms 51 $341,500 -0.2% 14.4%
Ecorse 52 $40,500 0.5% 6.9%
Howell 53 $164,100 0.9% 4.1%
Marysville 54 $129,400 -0.2% 5.0%
Benton Harbor 55 $66,100 -0.2% 17.6%
Flat Rock 56 $139,100 0.4% 5.5%
Alpena 57 $76,200 -0.4% 1.3%
Big Rapids 58 $92,100 -0.2% 0.7%
Cadillac 59 $73,200 0.2% 3.0%
Melvindale 60 $61,700 -0.1% 2.7%
Beverly Hills 61 $360,400 0.2% 5.5%
Farmington 62 $196,200 0.3% 10.8%
Muskegon Heights 63 $42,700 -0.1% -0.5%
Sturgis 64 $82,300 -0.1% 2.2%
Highland Park 65 $33,700 -0.4% 0.6%
Grand Haven 66 $142,200 0.4% 11.4%
Ionia 67 $94,300 -0.6% 8.3%
Grosse Pointe Park 68 $347,900 -0.3% 4.8%
Niles 69 $83,800 -0.6% 6.1%
Fenton 70 $131,900 -0.2% 12.8%
East Grand Rapids 71 $353,700 1.3% 8.7%
South Lyon 72 $178,400 0.8% 4.3%
Clawson 73 $166,200 0.2% 6.6%
Riverview 74 $140,000 -0.2% 5.7%
Coldwater 75 $87,000 13.5% 6.1%
Escanaba 76 $84,100 -0.5% 1.9%
New Baltimore 77 $215,800 0.4% 4.4%
Woodhaven 78 $150,500 -0.1% 4.5%
Rochester 79 $348,800 1.1% 4.7%
Sault Ste. Marie 80 $87,400 -0.6% 2.6%
Wixom 81 $242,400 0.7% 6.5%
Harper Woods 82 $76,100 0.5% 12.2%
Owosso 83 $81,800 -0.3% 4.9%
Fraser 84 $138,800 0.2% 8.4%
Berkley 85 $188,200 0.6% 8.9%
Traverse City 86 $240,100 -0.5% 10.7%
Grosse Pointe Woods 87 $227,600 -0.8% 11.0%
Grandville 88 $154,500 0.3% 4.6%
Mount Clemens 89 $95,900 -0.2% 10.2%
Hazel Park 90 $61,100 0.0% 10.1%
Wayne 91 $76,000 -0.2% 10.6%
Trenton 92 $141,100 -0.1% 6.8%
Monroe 93 $115,700 -0.9% 4.3%
Ferndale 94 $148,100 0.3% 13.0%
Adrian 95 $74,700 -0.5% 1.4%
Marquette 96 $178,200 -0.7% 3.1%
Ypsilanti 97 $141,100 0.6% 3.2%
Birmingham 98 $488,700 1.1% 4.5%
Hamtramck 99 $64,500 -0.1% 19.7%
Auburn Hills 100 $144,600 2.0% 7.4%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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