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 10 Best Places to Live in Michigan.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Michigan for 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.
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.
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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.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Michigan For 2019
Things can’t get much better than in the town of East Grand Rapids. The crime is the 12th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in East Grand Rapids make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $303,400 and households make $118,393 which is good for 3rd in Michigan.
Huntington Woods offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town’s charm.
The unemployment rate sits as the 10th lowest in Michigan and incomes are the 1st highest.
When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.
Birmingham broke into the top ten best places to live in Michigan on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.
It placed 5th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 4th highest median income of any place in our analysis.
However, it only has the 70th shortest average commute time of any place in Michigan.
With the unemployment rate being the 2nd lowest in Michigan and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Beverly Hills.
Plus, the crime rate is the 7th lowest in the state!
Berkley comes in at a close 5th. They have the 16th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 16th highest median income as well, which means the people in Berkley are working and getting paid well.
Additionally, the median home value is the 31st best in the state.
If you don’t have a job in Plymouth, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 3.6%. 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 $78,254.
That’s actually not a bad idea…
Grosse Pointe Woods is by far one of the best places to live in Michigan: the math proves it! This city has the 48th lowest unemployment rate and the 8th highest median income in all of Michigan.
Plus, the median home values are the 18th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 37th lowest in the state, making Grosse Pointe Woods a safe and great place to live.
Perhaps what makes Northville 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 Northville great. They also have the 7th highest median income and the 111th shortest commute time.
In Farmington, everyone loves to call Farmington home! The median home value is the 27th highest in Michigan.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 25th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Wolverine State.
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.
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|