Where are the best places in the state of Michigan?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Wolverine State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Michigan.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 145 places in Michigan, we came up with this list of the best places:
- 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)
Well, it looks like you should check out East Grand Rapids if you’re thinking of moving to Michigan — it’s the best the Wolverine State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best 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 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 Place 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
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.
This isn’t a knock on the rest of Michigan, but East Grand Rapids is a little slice of heaven. East Grand Rapids blew away the rest of the state across the board.
The weather, measured in terms of rain, sunny days and humidity, is statistically almost the best here, and the residents here earn far more than most residents in other areas of the state.
And when you have really low crime, life is good, at least those who can afford it.
Huntington Woods has a strong showing in our best places to live in Michigan analysis, coming it at 2nd best.
It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.
If you’re thinking of moving to Michigan, Huntington Woods is a great option.
Now, we come to Birmingham. For a city with such a large population, Birmingham has a noticeably low crime rate, good schools and low commute times. And an argument can be made that there’s probably lots more to do in Birmingham than other places on the list as well.
Add that all up and Birmingham places 3rd in our ranking of the best places to live in Michigan for 2018.
Beverly Hills ranks 4th 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 Beverly Hills over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
Perhaps what makes Berkley 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 Berkley great. They also have the 16th highest median income and the 80th shortest commute time.
Well, I guess technically 3.6% of Plymouth residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 5th closest of any city in Michigan.
You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.
In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Plymouth also ranked well for crime (18th) and median income ($78,254).
Grosse Pointe Woods had the 48th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (5.8%) and the 37th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Grosse Pointe Woods is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.
The Town of Northville might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Northville isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $298,900 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Michigan.
If Northville can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (5.5% is the 35th highest in the state.
Let’s take a look at why Farmington is a great place to call home for 2018.
There’s low crime in Farmington, and the residents here are gainfully employed (4.8% unemployment rate).
You can make Farmington your home for only $165,800 which won’t be too hard on a $64,388 household salary.
Little Grosse Pointe Farms has it made. It has the 22nd lowest unemployment rate, and crime is far below average for Michigan.
Residents here have great jobs, and the home price proves it’s a highly desirable location in the state, for those who can afford the high cost of living
We’d recommend you start saving up!
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 2018.
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|