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 10 Best Places to Live in Michigan 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.
East Grand Rapids is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.
It’s quite a gem tucked away in Michigan.
The tiny town of Huntington Woods may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is.
The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many Michigan residents know, Huntington Woods is a great central spot for making the most of life.
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Birmingham. The crime is the 29th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Birmingham make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $439,000 and households make $112,545 which is good for 4th in Michigan.
If you live in Beverly Hills, you probably know how great it is already.
Beverly Hills has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($108,214). And the crime is really, really low (7th lowest in Michigan).
If we could afford to move here, we probably would.
It’s obvious why Berkley ranks 5th in the state for best places to live: they have the 16th lowest unemployment rate and the 31st highest home values.
Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Berkley a great place to live.
We think the motto in Plymouth should be “Everything is greater in Plymouth,” and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.
Plymouth has some of the highest home values in Michigan, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Plymouth only has 510.0% of its residents living in poverty.
Crime is also well below the state average, making Plymouth a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.
The Town of Grosse Pointe Woods might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Grosse Pointe Woods isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $197,600 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Michigan.
If Grosse Pointe Woods can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (5.8% is the 48th highest in the state.
At an unemployment rate of 5.5%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Northville. And the residents command high salaries ($99,052 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($298,900 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.
Farmington takes 9th place on our list of best places in Michigan for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (25th overall) and things to do.
Farmington is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $165,800 at the median.
Grosse Pointe Farms has a really low crime rate (54th lowest) and only 4.7% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($119,500). 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 Grosse Pointe Farms.
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|