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 Best Place 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.
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.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with East Grand Rapids.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 3rd lowest in Michigan and the median income comes in at $118,393.
This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Huntington Woods has a really low crime rate (6th lowest) and only 4.1% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($121,528). 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 Huntington Woods.
Taking its place as the 3rd best place in Michigan is Birmingham. 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 3.6% helps thing too.
If you don’t have a job in Beverly Hills, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 3.3%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $108,214.
That’s actually not a bad idea…
The Berkley has the 16th lowest unemployment rate in Michigan. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Berkley is higher than the national average and households make $74,172 per year.
We’d move to Berkley if we could in a heart beat.
Let’s take a look at why Plymouth is a great place to call home for 2019.
There’s low crime in Plymouth, and the residents here are gainfully employed (3.6% unemployment rate).
You can make Plymouth your home for only $240,200 which won’t be too hard on a $78,254 household salary.
It’s obvious why Grosse Pointe Woods ranks 7th in the state for best places to live: they have the 48th lowest unemployment rate and the 18th highest home values.
Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Grosse Pointe Woods a great place to live.
Northville has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Michigan. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Northville is a real gem.
With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Northville residents to work is significantly higher than average.
Farmington isn’t just the nicest place to live in Michigan – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.
It’s got the 25th lowest unemployment rate, the 25th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you’re looking at science and data, Farmington definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.
Grosse Pointe Farms ranks 10th 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 Grosse Pointe Farms over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
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|