These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Michigan For 2019


We analyzed over 170 places in Michigan to determine the cream of the crop.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Michigan.

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Consider yourself lucky if you’ve ever watched Robert Redfern’s version of “Pure Michigan,” but you’d be even luckier if you can call one of the best states in the U.S. home.

If you ever meet a Michigander, they will kindly show you where they are from by pointing to a spot on their hand. The phrase “smitten with the mitten” had to come from somewhere, right?

And rightfully so, Michiganders love their state. Michigan has a ton of amazing characteristics that are unique to the only state that borders 5 Great lakes.

A Michiganders best day would go something like this: fire up the ‘ol snowmobile, head to the local party store for some LaBatts, (maybe shovel their roof if they’ve had too much snow), warm up a pasty (pronounced paw-sty), and head to their deer stand. They’re the only state where opening day of deer hunting is considered a holiday.

You heard it here first, folks.

Michigan’s long summer days and awesome family friendly cities truly make this state one of the best. We also ranked Michigan as one of the Best States To Raise a Family. No surprise here.

Crystal clear lakes, lush pine forests, friendly people aside, MIchigan has a lot to offer. Michigan’s strong job market and low cost of living make its beautiful cities extremely desirable. Needless to say, our job of determining the best cities to live in Michigan was quite the feat.

So, grab yourself a cold Labatts, warm yourself a pasty and read on to see how we determined the Best Place to Live in Michigan 2019:

  1. East Grand Rapids (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Huntington Woods (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Birmingham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Beverly Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Berkley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Plymouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Grosse Pointe Woods (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Northville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Grosse Pointe Farms (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Yes, Michigan is every outdoor enthusiasts dream come true. But Michigan has so many cool cities where commute times, education, and strong economies make it difficult to resist. The trick is to finding it all.

Take a look at the list below. We give you a look into the top 10 Best Places to live in Michigan where, yes, you can have it all.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Michigan

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Lansing with a population of 114,773 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities — Populations over 5,000
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 145 cities, 257 towns, and 254 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Michigan

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Michigan across a number of criteria from one to 145, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Michigan”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Michigan? That would be East Grand Rapids.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Michigan.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with East Grand Rapids at the end of the cul-de-sac.

East Grand Rapids, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,297
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $303,400 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (3rd best)
More on East Grand Rapids: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with East Grand Rapids.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 3rd lowest in Michigan and the median income comes in at $118,393.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Huntington Woods, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,330
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $298,800 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (10th best)
More on Huntington Woods: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Huntington Woods has a really low crime rate (6th lowest) and only 4.1% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($121,528). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Huntington Woods.

Birmingham, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 20,653
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $439,000 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (5th best)
More on Birmingham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Taking its place as the 3rd best place in Michigan is Birmingham. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Michigan.

It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 3.6% helps thing too.

Beverly Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,450
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $320,200 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (2nd best)
More on Beverly Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you don’t have a job in Beverly Hills, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 3.3%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $108,214.

That’s actually not a bad idea…

Berkley, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,239
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $159,400 (31st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (16th best)
More on Berkley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Berkley has the 16th lowest unemployment rate in Michigan. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Berkley is higher than the national average and households make $74,172 per year.

We’d move to Berkley if we could in a heart beat.

Plymouth, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,956
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $240,200 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (5th best)
More on Plymouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Let’s take a look at why Plymouth is a great place to call home for 2019.

There’s low crime in Plymouth, and the residents here are gainfully employed (3.6% unemployment rate).

You can make Plymouth your home for only $240,200 which won’t be too hard on a $78,254 household salary.

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 15,785
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $197,600 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (48th best)
More on Grosse Pointe Woods: Real Estate | Data | Photos

It’s obvious why Grosse Pointe Woods ranks 7th in the state for best places to live: they have the 48th lowest unemployment rate and the 18th highest home values.

Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Grosse Pointe Woods a great place to live.

Northville, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,986
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $298,900 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (35th best)
More on Northville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Northville has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Michigan. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Northville is a real gem.

With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Northville residents to work is significantly higher than average.

Farmington, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,526
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $165,800 (27th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (25th best)
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmington isn’t just the nicest place to live in Michigan – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.

It’s got the 25th lowest unemployment rate, the 25th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you’re looking at science and data, Farmington definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,265
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $287,100 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (22nd best)
More on Grosse Pointe Farms: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grosse Pointe Farms ranks 10th on our list of best places to live in Michigan thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Michigan that we examined.

People have been flocking to Grosse Pointe Farms over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Michigan

If you’re looking at areas in Michigan with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

East Grand Rapids made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Michigan for 2019.

Best Towns To Live In Michigan

  1. Pleasant Ridge (Pop. 2,562)
  2. Village of Grosse Pointe Shores (Pop. 2,933)
  3. DeWitt (Pop. 4,657)
  4. Franklin (Pop. 3,262)
  5. Frankenmuth (Pop. 4,992)
  6. Caledonia (Pop. 1,871)
  7. Spring Lake (Pop. 2,424)
  8. Lathrup Village (Pop. 4,127)
  9. Fruitport (Pop. 1,374)
  10. Bloomfield Hills (Pop. 3,984)

Best Small Towns To Live In Michigan

  1. Shoreham (Pop. 918)
  2. Eagle (Pop. 104)
  3. Barton Hills (Pop. 293)
  4. Lake Leelanau (Pop. 206)
  5. Richland (Pop. 858)
  6. Michiana (Pop. 187)
  7. Westphalia (Pop. 995)
  8. Village of Clarkston (Pop. 902)
  9. Lake Angelus (Pop. 260)
  10. Suttons Bay (Pop. 540)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Michigan according to the data:

  1. River Rouge (Pop. 7,609)
  2. Detroit (Pop. 683,443)
  3. Highland Park (Pop. 10,978)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Michigan

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 East Grand Rapids 11,297 3.4% $303,400
2 Huntington Woods 6,330 4.1% $298,800
3 Birmingham 20,653 3.6% $439,000
4 Beverly Hills 10,450 3.3% $320,200
5 Berkley 15,239 4.4% $159,400
6 Plymouth 8,956 3.6% $240,200
7 Grosse Pointe Woods 15,785 5.8% $197,600
8 Northville 5,986 5.5% $298,900
9 Farmington 10,526 4.8% $165,800
10 Grosse Pointe Farms 9,265 4.7% $287,100
11 Saline 9,082 3.7% $215,100
12 Grosse Pointe 5,256 5.9% $288,800
13 Royal Oak 58,823 4.3% $175,200
14 Grosse Pointe Park 11,276 5.1% $313,300
15 Rochester 12,969 5.7% $308,700
16 Rochester Hills 72,987 4.6% $247,500
17 Clawson 12,008 5.6% $139,100
18 Novi 58,233 3.9% $266,000
19 Farmington Hills 81,154 4.7% $216,200
20 South Lyon 11,672 4.2% $161,100
21 Milford 6,434 4.5% $189,800
22 Ann Arbor 118,087 5.6% $250,200
23 New Baltimore 12,266 4.8% $191,000
24 Troy 82,982 5.3% $247,200
25 Livonia 94,849 5.5% $162,000
26 St. Joseph 8,307 4.6% $164,000
27 Trenton 18,426 4.4% $123,400
28 Allen Park 27,519 5.6% $99,800
29 Grand Ledge 7,794 5.5% $124,500
30 Brighton 7,550 3.9% $174,100
31 Chelsea 5,140 9.9% $193,100
32 Petoskey 5,731 7.0% $169,500
33 Woodhaven 12,590 7.0% $135,000
34 Midland 42,063 7.5% $140,900
35 Walled Lake 7,102 4.5% $122,700
36 Milan 5,917 6.9% $137,900
37 Portage 47,854 5.2% $148,900
38 Marysville 9,775 5.2% $116,500
39 Rockford 6,044 4.8% $151,000
40 Mason 8,334 5.6% $115,800
41 Grand Blanc 8,039 7.7% $138,100
42 St. Clair Shores 59,916 7.7% $102,400
43 Walker 24,458 3.6% $148,400
44 St. Johns 7,951 5.3% $120,300
45 Sterling Heights 131,674 6.5% $154,000
46 Flushing 8,129 10.6% $115,000
47 Tecumseh 8,370 4.3% $112,600
48 Wixom 13,733 4.5% $205,900
49 Marshall 7,046 5.0% $109,000
50 St. Clair 5,395 7.1% $138,900
51 Zeeland 5,595 4.3% $123,100
52 East Lansing 48,395 10.1% $176,500
53 Houghton 7,924 5.7% $138,500
54 Grandville 15,842 3.3% $139,000
55 Iron Mountain 7,535 5.2% $75,100
56 Marquette 21,282 7.8% $166,300
57 Fraser 14,620 6.1% $121,000
58 Kingsford 5,086 6.0% $83,800
59 Wyandotte 25,225 8.8% $86,200
60 Riverview 12,208 5.8% $123,200
61 Norton Shores 24,091 7.0% $114,100
62 Flat Rock 9,836 7.8% $115,100
63 Grand Haven 10,853 7.7% $121,400
64 Ferndale 20,167 6.0% $111,000
65 Hudsonville 7,278 9.3% $134,500
66 Howell 9,507 5.6% $144,300
67 Kentwood 50,761 5.7% $132,000
68 Richmond 5,844 6.8% $133,800
69 Holland 33,581 6.0% $121,900
70 Mount Pleasant 25,896 11.4% $128,800
71 Southgate 29,355 7.8% $87,900
72 Allegan 5,051 6.6% $86,900
73 Monroe 20,243 9.4% $105,700
74 Swartz Creek 5,617 7.0% $108,200
75 Ishpeming 6,509 5.7% $80,500
76 St. Louis 7,302 8.5% $73,900
77 Southfield 73,055 9.8% $113,100
78 Auburn Hills 22,342 7.5% $121,000
79 Oak Park 29,751 8.5% $82,500
80 Hastings 7,312 6.6% $94,700
81 Hillsdale 8,203 10.5% $81,800
82 Westland 82,218 7.6% $96,700
83 Manistee 6,100 10.8% $95,900
84 Eaton Rapids 5,212 6.1% $95,400
85 Fenton 11,471 7.4% $108,500
86 Holly 6,171 7.9% $84,300
87 Wyoming 74,692 6.1% $100,600
88 Alma 9,222 11.7% $79,700
89 Madison Heights 30,168 6.5% $84,000
90 Ludington 8,051 14.2% $111,200
91 Charlotte 9,043 8.1% $105,400
92 Grand Rapids 193,887 8.5% $113,600
93 Dearborn Heights 56,329 8.7% $84,900
94 Menominee 8,378 9.6% $73,200
95 Dearborn 95,520 9.0% $112,200
96 Alpena 10,213 9.0% $76,500
97 Big Rapids 10,495 14.1% $88,400
98 Ypsilanti 20,577 10.9% $130,000
99 Ironwood 5,089 12.3% $54,100
100 Warren 135,069 10.3% $93,400

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One thought on “These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Michigan For 2019

  1. hi. looking at relocating to Detroit with a senior high school student. Which best public and private schools would you recommend close by? How would Bloomfield rate as an area to live?

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