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:
- East Grand Rapids
- Royal Oak
- Huntington Woods
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.
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
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.
1. East Grand Rapids
Median Home Price: $263,100
Median Income: $105,038
2. Royal Oak
Median Home Price: $170,500
Median Income: $62,453
Median Home Price: $353,300
Median Income: $100,789
Median Home Price: $150,800
Median Income: $68,019
Median Home Price: $301,000
Median Income: $88,237
Median Home Price: $225,900
Median Income: $63,875
Median Home Price: $261,200
Median Income: $78,430
8. Huntington Woods
Median Home Price: $276,600
Median Income: $112,593
Median Home Price: $229,800
Median Income: $86,465
Median Home Price: $130,500
Median Income: $51,951
Now, here are the 10 Worst Cities in Michigan, if you’re curious.