The 10 Best Places To Live In Michigan For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Michigan.

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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.

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.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Michigan For 2019

East Grand Rapids, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,297
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $303,400 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (3rd best)
More on East Grand Rapids: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Grand Rapids comes in at a close 1st. They have the 3rd lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 3rd highest median income as well, which means the people in East Grand Rapids are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 5th best in the state.

Huntington Woods, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,330
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $298,800 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (10th best)
More on Huntington Woods: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Taking its place as the 2nd best place in Michigan is Huntington Woods. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Michigan.

It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 4.1% helps thing too.

Birmingham, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 20,653
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $439,000 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (5th best)
More on Birmingham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Birmingham has a strong showing in our best places to live in Michigan analysis, coming it at 3rd 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, Birmingham is a great option.

Beverly Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,450
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $320,200 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (2nd best)
More on Beverly Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Beverly Hills is another gem in Wolverine State. The unemployment rate here is 2nd lowest in the entire state at 3.3%. Other factors that make Beverly Hills so desirable is the solid education and home prices.

Homes are valued at $320,200, and parents earn a combined $108,214 a year

There’s nothing like the American dream.

Berkley, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,239
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $159,400 (31st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (16th best)
More on Berkley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Berkley is known for having a great education system and has the 80th shortest commute time.

Additionally, the unemployment rate in Berkley is the 16th lowest in Michigan and the median income is the 16th highest in the state.

Plymouth, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,956
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $240,200 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (5th best)
More on Plymouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 15,785
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $197,600 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (48th best)
More on Grosse Pointe Woods: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grosse Pointe Woods ranks as the 7th best place in Michigan for 2019. Let’s take a look at why.

Grosse Pointe Woods has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Grosse Pointe Woods’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $93,404 a year.

The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂

Northville, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,986
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $298,900 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (35th best)
More on Northville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Northville makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Michigan mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.

And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 5.5% of folks are jobless, you can bet Northville residents are glad to live where they do.

Farmington, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,526
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $165,800 (27th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (25th best)
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmington is by far one of the best places to live in Michigan: the math proves it! This city has the 25th lowest unemployment rate and the 25th highest median income in all of Michigan.

Plus, the median home values are the 27th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 26th lowest in the state, making Farmington a safe and great place to live.

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,265
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $287,100 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (22nd best)
More on Grosse Pointe Farms: Real Estate | Data | Photos

We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Grosse Pointe Farms one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.

They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Grosse Pointe Farms.

Mapping The Best And 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 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’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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.

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

  1. Pleasant Ridge (Pop. 2,562)
  2. Village of Grosse Pointe Shores (Pop. 2,933)
  3. DeWitt (Pop. 4,657)
  4. Franklin (Pop. 3,262)
  5. Frankenmuth (Pop. 4,992)
  6. Caledonia (Pop. 1,871)
  7. Spring Lake (Pop. 2,424)
  8. Lathrup Village (Pop. 4,127)
  9. Fruitport (Pop. 1,374)
  10. Bloomfield Hills (Pop. 3,984)

Best Small Towns To Live In Michigan

  1. Shoreham (Pop. 918)
  2. Eagle (Pop. 104)
  3. Barton Hills (Pop. 293)
  4. Lake Leelanau (Pop. 206)
  5. Richland (Pop. 858)
  6. Michiana (Pop. 187)
  7. Westphalia (Pop. 995)
  8. Village of Clarkston (Pop. 902)
  9. Lake Angelus (Pop. 260)
  10. Suttons Bay (Pop. 540)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Michigan according to the data:

  1. River Rouge (Pop. 7,609)
  2. Detroit (Pop. 683,443)
  3. Highland Park (Pop. 10,978)

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Where Are The The Best Places To Live In Michigan?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 East Grand Rapids 11,297 3.4% $303,400
2 Huntington Woods 6,330 4.1% $298,800
3 Birmingham 20,653 3.6% $439,000
4 Beverly Hills 10,450 3.3% $320,200
5 Berkley 15,239 4.4% $159,400
6 Plymouth 8,956 3.6% $240,200
7 Grosse Pointe Woods 15,785 5.8% $197,600
8 Northville 5,986 5.5% $298,900
9 Farmington 10,526 4.8% $165,800
10 Grosse Pointe Farms 9,265 4.7% $287,100

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4 thoughts on “The 10 Best Places To Live In Michigan For 2019

  1. hi. looking at relocating to Detroit with a senior high school student. Which best public and private schools would you recommend close by? How would Bloomfield rate as an area to live?

  2. this entire list is gentrified. that tells us that you are really not interested in what Michigan has to offer.

  3. I think this is an East or West coast idea of how a Michigander lives. The majority of the state does not get on a snowmobile and hunt, and I have never had to shovel snow off my roof, especially this year. Also, Michigan only borders four Great Lakes. It shouldn’t be too hard to find a writer from our state. We are actually literate.

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