These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Michigan


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

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Thinking of moving to Michigan?

Want to know the best of the best in the Wolverine State?

Well, you’ve come to the right place to see which places in Michigan stand out above the rest.

To the untrained eye, it seems as if every town in the state would be a great place to live. But, like all places, some towns and cities in Michigan are better than others. And here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye to make these fine grain distinctions.

Instead, we look to data to understand the best place to live in Michigan.

After analyzing over 170 places in Michigan, we came up with this list as the best of the best that the Volunteer State has to offer:

  1. East Grand Rapids
  2. Royal Oak
  3. Birmingham
  4. Berkley
  5. Northville
  6. Plymouth
  7. Novi
  8. Huntington Woods
  9. Troy
  10. Clawson

Now it makes total sense why some of these places might think they’re better than you (Pointing at Northville in particular). But for now, follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Michigan.

If you’re interested, we also wrote a list of the worst places to live in Michigan.

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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 Detroit with a population of 721,459 against Grand Haven?

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

So to create our ranking, we only looked at places with more than 5,000 people. This left us with 176 places.

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

How We Calculated The Best Place To Live in Michigan

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

We ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 176, 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:

  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Expenditures per student and Student Teacher Ratio)
  • Home Prices
  • Crime
  • Weather

Sources of criteria include the Census, the BLS, FBI Crime Data, and Sperling’s Best Places.

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.

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1. East Grand Rapids

Best Places To Live In Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,797
Median Home Price: $263,100
Median Income: $105,038

2. Royal Oak

Best Places To Live In Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,761
Median Home Price: $170,500
Median Income: $62,453

3. Birmingham

Best Places To Live In Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,153
Median Home Price: $353,300
Median Income: $100,789

4. Berkley

Best Places To Live In Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,037
Median Home Price: $150,800
Median Income: $68,019

5. Northville

Best Places To Live In Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,996
Median Home Price: $301,000
Median Income: $88,237

6. Plymouth

Best Places To Live In Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,070
Median Home Price: $225,900
Median Income: $63,875

7. Novi

Best Places To Live In Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,319
Median Home Price: $261,200
Median Income: $78,430

8. Huntington Woods

Best Places To Live In Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,236
Median Home Price: $276,600
Median Income: $112,593

9. Troy

Best Places To Live In Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,307
Median Home Price: $229,800
Median Income: $86,465

10. Clawson

Best Places To Live In Michigan

Source: clawsonchamber.com

Population: 11,899
Median Home Price: $130,500
Median Income: $51,951

Now, here are the 10 Worst Cities in Michigan, if you’re curious.

Ranking Of The Best Places To Live In Michigan

See all the data here.

City Population Best Score Rank
East Grand Rapids 10,797 23.75 1
Royal Oak 57,761 26.17 2
Birmingham 20,153 28.5 3
Berkley 15,037 30.58 4
Northville 5,996 31.42 5
Plymouth 9,070 32.08 6
Novi 55,319 34.08 7
Huntington Woods 6,236 34.25 8
Troy 81,307 37.17 9
Clawson 11,899 40.17 10
Grosse Pointe 5,397 41.5 11
Rochester 12,647 41.92 12
Rochester Hills 71,251 42.92 13
Ann Arbor 114,725 44.33 14
Forest Hills 26,238 46.5 15
Saline 8,845 47.08 16
Livonia 96,632 47.17 17
Grosse Pointe Park 11,523 47.25 18
Farmington 10,405 48.58 19
Beverly Hills 10,295 49.08 20
Grosse Pointe Farms 9,433 49.75 21
Byron Center 5,682 51.17 22
Jenison 17,439 51.5 23
Grosse Pointe Woods 16,061 52.25 24
South Lyon 11,306 52.5 25
Farmington Hills 80,131 52.75 26
Garden City 27,639 53 27
Milford 6,211 53.25 28
Hudsonville 7,162 53.92 29
Okemos 20,885 56.08 30
Allen Park 28,111 56.5 31
Whitmore Lake 6,299 57.08 32
Sterling Heights 129,887 57.42 33
Portage 46,425 62.5 34
Milan 5,731 62.58 35
Rockford 5,710 63.5 36
Northview 14,691 65.67 37
Walled Lake 7,014 65.92 38
New Baltimore 11,884 66.08 39
Wyandotte 25,839 67.08 40
Westwood 8,952 67.92 41
Grand Blanc 8,266 68.17 42
Lambertville 10,398 68.92 43
Holt 24,258 69.08 44
Comstock Northwest 5,923 69.58 45
Mason 8,203 69.83 46
Trenton 18,792 70 47
Dearborn 97,509 70.17 48
Westland 83,770 70.17 48
Haslett 20,040 70.5 50
Temperance 8,810 71 51
Dearborn Heights 57,454 71.5 52
Marshall 7,094 71.58 53
Cutlerville 14,435 71.83 54
Grand Ledge 7,805 71.83 54
Wyoming 72,408 72.08 56
Kentwood 48,877 73.33 57
Waverly 24,567 73.42 58
Southgate 29,879 73.83 59
Fraser 14,563 73.92 60
Midland 42,024 74.25 61
Grandville 15,502 74.33 62
St. Clair Shores 60,018 74.75 63
Woodhaven 12,800 74.83 64
Ferndale 20,062 74.92 65
Riverview 12,451 75.25 66
Ypsilanti 19,638 75.58 67
St. Johns 7,890 76.25 68
Walker 23,600 76.5 69
Freeland 7,186 76.5 69
Holly 6,099 76.83 71
St. Joseph 8,358 77.5 72
Allendale 17,383 78.58 73
East Lansing 48,449 79.83 74
Lake Fenton 5,475 81.67 75
Auburn Hills 21,408 82 76
Lincoln Park 37,998 82.08 77
Eastwood 6,656 82.25 78
Wixom 13,544 82.58 79
Traverse City 14,702 82.67 80
Flushing 8,370 83.33 81
Shields 6,540 84.58 82
Zeeland 5,561 85 83
Southfield 72,280 85 83
Garfield Twp (Grand Traverse County) 16,300 86.33 85
Richmond 5,720 86.92 86
Hazel Park 16,579 86.92 86
Grand Haven 10,541 87.5 88
Ionia 11,602 87.58 89
Madison Heights 29,854 88 90
Tecumseh 8,523 89.08 91
Comstock Park 10,137 89.33 92
Brighton 7,498 89.5 93
Marquette 21,383 89.75 94
Grand Rapids 189,340 90.42 95
Flat Rock 9,773 91 96
Holland 33,307 91.25 97
Norton Shores 23,934 92.08 98
Mount Pleasant 26,092 93.25 99
Note 10,593 94.67 100
Eaton Rapids 5,228 95.75 101
Marysville 9,933 96 102
Burton 29,915 96.17 103
Howell 9,537 96.33 104
Eastpointe 32,569 96.75 105
Taylor 62,916 97.33 106
Albion 8,638 99.08 107
Center Line 8,289 99.67 108
Sturgis 10,988 99.75 109
St. Clair 5,508 100.17 110
Alma 9,341 100.33 111
Mount Clemens 16,394 100.5 112
Hastings 7,360 100.92 113
Harper Woods 14,136 100.92 113
Fenton 11,656 101.5 115
Oak Park 29,523 102 116
Charlotte 9,075 102.42 117
Kalamazoo 74,494 102.67 118
Springfield 5,250 102.75 119
Fair Plain 7,615 103 120
Allegan 5,004 103.58 121
Warren 134,550 103.58 121
Petoskey 5,710 103.67 123
St. Louis 7,404 103.83 124
South Monroe 6,502 105.75 125
Belding 5,778 106 126
Roseville 47,427 106.17 127
Swartz Creek 5,717 106.92 128
Ishpeming 6,500 107.5 129
Iron Mountain 7,662 109.08 130
Monroe 20,810 109.83 131
Niles 11,594 110.33 132
Melvindale 10,637 110.33 132
Big Rapids 10,657 110.83 134
Battle Creek 52,327 111 135
Romulus 23,790 111.17 136
Menominee 8,603 111.33 137
Kingsford 5,164 111.5 138
Wayne 17,562 111.58 139
Ludington 8,081 112.17 140
Hillsdale 8,292 113.75 141
Coldwater 10,936 114 142
Lansing 114,537 114.25 143
River Rouge 7,951 115.17 144
Manistee 6,254 115.67 145
Davison 5,181 115.92 146
Owosso 15,139 116.17 147
Owosso 15,139 116.17 147
Port Huron 30,253 117.83 149
Bridgeport 6,714 118.08 150
Hamtramck 22,317 118.67 151
Muskegon Heights 10,923 120.25 152
Three Rivers 7,792 120.5 153
Adrian 21,170 121.75 154
Ecorse 9,545 122.58 155
Houghton 7,692 124 156
Ironwood 5,366 124.25 157
Bay City 34,899 124.25 157
Dowagiac 5,899 125.08 159
Benton Harbor 10,113 126.75 160
Alpena 10,479 128.17 161
Cadillac 10,345 128.42 162
Sault Ste. Marie 14,251 128.75 163
Detroit 721,459 129.17 164
Jackson 33,661 129.42 165
Inkster 25,455 129.92 166
Pontiac 60,105 132 167
Muskegon 38,061 133.42 168
Lapeer 8,899 134.83 169
Highland Park 11,971 135 170
Saginaw 51,776 135.92 171
Greenville 8,465 136.75 172
Buena Vista 6,498 138.58 173
Escanaba 12,609 140.42 174
Beecher 10,963 144.33 175
Flint 103,263 148.17 176

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