10 Best Places To Live In Michigan For 2019

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

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 America home.

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 ten 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

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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 is by far one of the best places to live in Michigan: the math proves it! This city has the 3rd lowest unemployment rate and the 3rd highest median income in all of Michigan.

Plus, the median home values are the 5th highest in the state. And if all of that isn't enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 12th lowest in the state, making East Grand Rapids a safe and great place to live.

Huntington Woods, MI

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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

You might be surprised to see the Town of Huntington Woods so high on the list. Unless you live in Huntington Woods.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 4.1%, Huntington Woods residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Michigan. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Huntington Woods is doing quite well.

Let's be honest -- Huntington Woods is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Birmingham, MI

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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 is by far the largest area to top this list. And, the population density is really high, meaning there's a ton of things to do to keep you occupied. .

Residents in this Lansing suburb are very wealthy. No wonder the population has exploded in the last 15 years.

Add that all up and Birmingham places 3rd in our ranking of the best places to live in Michigan for 2019.

Beverly Hills, MI

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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 as the 4th best place in Michigan for 2019. Let's take a look at why.

Beverly Hills has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Beverly Hills's cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries - to the tune of $108,214 a year.

The knock? We can't really find one 🙂

Berkley, MI

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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 has a really low crime rate (3rd lowest) and only 4.4% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($74,172). 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 Berkley.

Plymouth, MI

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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

The Town of Plymouth consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren't any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?

Let's see why Plymouth ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Plymouth are the 14th most expensive in the state of Michigan, with the average home worth a whopping $240,200. We're not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Plymouth if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: Plymouth residents have the 13th highest income in the state, and the 18th lowest crime numbers in Michigan.

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

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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

If you don't have a job in Grosse Pointe Woods, you're most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get -- 5.8%. 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 $93,404.

That's actually not a bad idea...

Northville, MI

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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

In Northville, everyone loves to call Northville home! The median home value is the 6th highest in Michigan.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 35th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Wolverine State.

Farmington, MI

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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 known for having a great education system and has the 98th shortest commute time.

Additionally, the unemployment rate in Farmington is the 25th lowest in Michigan and the median income is the 25th highest in the state.

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

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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 takes 10th place on our list of best places in Michigan for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (22nd overall) and things to do.

Grosse Pointe Farms is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $287,100 at the median.

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 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

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

5 thoughts on “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.

  4. Thank you Ironwood, for correcting the ‘pasty’ pronunciation! Where did they get ‘pawsty’? I’ve heard the mispronunciation (from tourists) ‘pay-stee”🙄 too many times. So right, PAST-TEE it is. Like, ‘Past’, over, done, you ate it, and ‘Tea’, that you drank with it. By the way, if you’ve ever seen us in the True North, we Yoopers really do ‘rake’ our roofs (and shovel them) because of heavy snow. Had 5 ft of snow in our yard for months up here. We are a hearty bunch☃️

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