These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Michigan For 2018


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

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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:

  1. East Grand Rapids (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Huntington Woods (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Birmingham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Beverly Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Berkley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Plymouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Grosse Pointe Woods (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Northville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

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

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

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.

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

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, 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

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.

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

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, 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 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

  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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One thought on “These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Michigan For 2018

  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?

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