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 five 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.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Michigan for 2019:
- East Grand Rapids (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Huntington Woods (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Birmingham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Beverly Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Berkley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Plymouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Grosse Pointe Woods (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Northville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
What city is the best place to live in Michigan for 2019? Well according to the US Census and FBI data we crunched, East Grand Rapids is the best place to live in Michigan if you care about home values, low crime, and a high quality of life.
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.
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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’.
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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Michigan For 2019
Let’s take a look at why East Grand Rapids is a great place to call home for 2019.
There’s low crime in East Grand Rapids, and the residents here are gainfully employed (3.4% unemployment rate).
You can make East Grand Rapids your home for only $303,400 which won’t be too hard on a $118,393 household salary.
Perhaps what makes Huntington Woods so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.
However, quality education isn’t all that makes Huntington Woods great. They also have the 1st highest median income and the 76th shortest commute time.
The Town of Birmingham might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Birmingham isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $439,000 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Michigan.
If Birmingham can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (3.6% is the 5th highest in the state.
Who doesn’t want to live in Beverly Hills? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 3.3%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of Beverly Hills in the news in the coming months.
Berkley had the 16th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (4.4%) and the 3rd lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Berkley is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Plymouth is a wonderful place to live in this state.
The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don’t hurt either!
While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Plymouth still holds its own in in Michigan.
When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Michigan, Grosse Pointe Woods came in 7th. Let’s see why.
It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.
Plus, Grosse Pointe Woods has an impressive history for a place of just over 15,785 people. The median home costs a cool $197,600 and households make $93,404 which is good for 8th in Michigan.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Northville.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 35th lowest in Michigan and the median income comes in at $99,052.
This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
At an unemployment rate of 4.8%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Farmington. And the residents command high salaries ($64,388 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($165,800 each).
We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in Michigan. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Grosse Pointe Farms 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 Grosse Pointe Farms 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 Grosse Pointe Farms residents to work is significantly higher than average.
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
- Pleasant Ridge (Pop. 2,562)
- Village of Grosse Pointe Shores (Pop. 2,933)
- DeWitt (Pop. 4,657)
- Franklin (Pop. 3,262)
- Frankenmuth (Pop. 4,992)
- Caledonia (Pop. 1,871)
- Spring Lake (Pop. 2,424)
- Lathrup Village (Pop. 4,127)
- Fruitport (Pop. 1,374)
- Bloomfield Hills (Pop. 3,984)
Best Small Towns To Live In Michigan
- Shoreham (Pop. 918)
- Eagle (Pop. 104)
- Barton Hills (Pop. 293)
- Lake Leelanau (Pop. 206)
- Richland (Pop. 858)
- Michiana (Pop. 187)
- Westphalia (Pop. 995)
- Village of Clarkston (Pop. 902)
- Lake Angelus (Pop. 260)
- Suttons Bay (Pop. 540)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Michigan according to the data:
- River Rouge (Pop. 7,609)
- Detroit (Pop. 683,443)
- Highland Park (Pop. 10,978)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Michigan
|1||East Grand Rapids||11,297|
|7||Grosse Pointe Woods||15,785|
|10||Grosse Pointe Farms||9,265|
|14||Grosse Pointe Park||11,276|
|42||St. Clair Shores||59,916|