These Are 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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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.

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

Let’s take a look at why East Grand Rapids is a great place to call home for 2019.

There’s low crime in East Grand Rapids, and the residents here are gainfully employed (3.4% unemployment rate).

You can make East Grand Rapids your home for only $303,400 which won’t be too hard on a $118,393 household salary.

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

Perhaps what makes Huntington Woods 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 Huntington Woods great. They also have the 1st highest median income and the 76th shortest commute time.

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

The Town of Birmingham might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.

The crime rate in Birmingham isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $439,000 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Michigan.

If Birmingham can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (3.6% is the 5th highest in the state.

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

Who doesn’t want to live in Beverly Hills? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 3.3%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of Beverly Hills in the news in the coming months.

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 had the 16th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (4.4%) and the 3rd lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Berkley is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.

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

Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Plymouth is a wonderful place to live in this state.

The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don’t hurt either!

While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Plymouth still holds its own in in Michigan.

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

When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Michigan, Grosse Pointe Woods came in 7th. Let’s see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, Grosse Pointe Woods has an impressive history for a place of just over 15,785 people. The median home costs a cool $197,600 and households make $93,404 which is good for 8th in Michigan.

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

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Northville.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 35th lowest in Michigan and the median income comes in at $99,052.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

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

At an unemployment rate of 4.8%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Farmington. And the residents command high salaries ($64,388 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($165,800 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.

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

Grosse Pointe Farms 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 Grosse Pointe Farms 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 Grosse Pointe Farms residents to work is significantly higher than average.

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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Detailed List Of 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
11 Saline 9,082 3.7% $215,100
12 Grosse Pointe 5,256 5.9% $288,800
13 Royal Oak 58,823 4.3% $175,200
14 Grosse Pointe Park 11,276 5.1% $313,300
15 Rochester 12,969 5.7% $308,700
16 Rochester Hills 72,987 4.6% $247,500
17 Clawson 12,008 5.6% $139,100
18 Novi 58,233 3.9% $266,000
19 Farmington Hills 81,154 4.7% $216,200
20 South Lyon 11,672 4.2% $161,100
21 Milford 6,434 4.5% $189,800
22 Ann Arbor 118,087 5.6% $250,200
23 New Baltimore 12,266 4.8% $191,000
24 Troy 82,982 5.3% $247,200
25 Livonia 94,849 5.5% $162,000
26 St. Joseph 8,307 4.6% $164,000
27 Trenton 18,426 4.4% $123,400
28 Allen Park 27,519 5.6% $99,800
29 Grand Ledge 7,794 5.5% $124,500
30 Brighton 7,550 3.9% $174,100
31 Chelsea 5,140 9.9% $193,100
32 Petoskey 5,731 7.0% $169,500
33 Woodhaven 12,590 7.0% $135,000
34 Midland 42,063 7.5% $140,900
35 Walled Lake 7,102 4.5% $122,700
36 Milan 5,917 6.9% $137,900
37 Portage 47,854 5.2% $148,900
38 Marysville 9,775 5.2% $116,500
39 Rockford 6,044 4.8% $151,000
40 Mason 8,334 5.6% $115,800
41 Grand Blanc 8,039 7.7% $138,100
42 St. Clair Shores 59,916 7.7% $102,400
43 Walker 24,458 3.6% $148,400
44 St. Johns 7,951 5.3% $120,300
45 Sterling Heights 131,674 6.5% $154,000
46 Flushing 8,129 10.6% $115,000
47 Tecumseh 8,370 4.3% $112,600
48 Wixom 13,733 4.5% $205,900
49 Marshall 7,046 5.0% $109,000
50 St. Clair 5,395 7.1% $138,900
51 Zeeland 5,595 4.3% $123,100
52 East Lansing 48,395 10.1% $176,500
53 Houghton 7,924 5.7% $138,500
54 Grandville 15,842 3.3% $139,000
55 Iron Mountain 7,535 5.2% $75,100
56 Marquette 21,282 7.8% $166,300
57 Fraser 14,620 6.1% $121,000
58 Kingsford 5,086 6.0% $83,800
59 Wyandotte 25,225 8.8% $86,200
60 Riverview 12,208 5.8% $123,200
61 Norton Shores 24,091 7.0% $114,100
62 Flat Rock 9,836 7.8% $115,100
63 Grand Haven 10,853 7.7% $121,400
64 Ferndale 20,167 6.0% $111,000
65 Hudsonville 7,278 9.3% $134,500
66 Howell 9,507 5.6% $144,300
67 Kentwood 50,761 5.7% $132,000
68 Richmond 5,844 6.8% $133,800
69 Holland 33,581 6.0% $121,900
70 Mount Pleasant 25,896 11.4% $128,800
71 Southgate 29,355 7.8% $87,900
72 Allegan 5,051 6.6% $86,900
73 Monroe 20,243 9.4% $105,700
74 Swartz Creek 5,617 7.0% $108,200
75 Ishpeming 6,509 5.7% $80,500
76 St. Louis 7,302 8.5% $73,900
77 Southfield 73,055 9.8% $113,100
78 Auburn Hills 22,342 7.5% $121,000
79 Oak Park 29,751 8.5% $82,500
80 Hastings 7,312 6.6% $94,700
81 Hillsdale 8,203 10.5% $81,800
82 Westland 82,218 7.6% $96,700
83 Manistee 6,100 10.8% $95,900
84 Eaton Rapids 5,212 6.1% $95,400
85 Fenton 11,471 7.4% $108,500
86 Holly 6,171 7.9% $84,300
87 Wyoming 74,692 6.1% $100,600
88 Alma 9,222 11.7% $79,700
89 Madison Heights 30,168 6.5% $84,000
90 Ludington 8,051 14.2% $111,200
91 Charlotte 9,043 8.1% $105,400
92 Grand Rapids 193,887 8.5% $113,600
93 Dearborn Heights 56,329 8.7% $84,900
94 Menominee 8,378 9.6% $73,200
95 Dearborn 95,520 9.0% $112,200
96 Alpena 10,213 9.0% $76,500
97 Big Rapids 10,495 14.1% $88,400
98 Ypsilanti 20,577 10.9% $130,000
99 Ironwood 5,089 12.3% $54,100
100 Warren 135,069 10.3% $93,400

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4 thoughts on “These Are 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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