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


We analyzed over 132 places in Michigan to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Michigan.

But where exactly in Michigan? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Michigan that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Midland don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Wolverine State to retire for 2018:

  1. Midland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. New Baltimore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Rochester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Clawson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Trenton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. South Lyon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Marquette (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Alpena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Wixom (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Fraser (Homes For Sale)

Why did Midland take the top spot? And where are Detroit and Grand Rapids?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Michigan.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Wolverine State

To create our list of the best places in Michigan to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Wolverine State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 86 places from across the state.

For these 86, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 86, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Midland, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Midland

Midland, Michigan

Population: 42,063
Median Rent: $750
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,328
More on Midland: Homes For Sale | Data
By the late 1820s, Midland was established as a fur trading post of the American Fur Company supervised by the post at Saginaw. Here agents purchased furs from Ojibwe trappers. The Campau family of Detroit operated an independent trading post at this location in the late 1820s.

2. New Baltimore

New Baltimore, Michigan

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Population: 12,266
Median Rent: $686
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
Crime Per 100k: 953
More on New Baltimore: Homes For Sale | Data
New Baltimore incorporated as a village in 1867 and as a city in 1931. It is located on the north coastline of Lake St. Clair, along the boundary line of Macomb and St. Clair Counties. The town sits on the waterfront along Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay, and offers a public park, beach, and downtown-shopping district.

3. Rochester

Rochester, Michigan

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Population: 12,969
Median Rent: $861
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 570
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The first settlers in what would become Rochester, the Graham family, built a log cabin in 1817. The cabin was located where the Quik Pik and Penn Station stores today exist at the intersection of Main and Second Street. The city was named for Rochester, New York, just like Rochester, Minnesota, as many early settlers to the area were formerly from the state of New York.

4. Clawson

Clawson, Michigan

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Population: 12,008
Median Rent: $828
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 707
More on Clawson: Homes For Sale | Data
The city’s name is a misspelling of John Lawson’s name, a local settler. Clawson began in 1829 and was originally known as Pumachug and The Corners. It was incorporated in 1921 as a village and in 1940 as a city.

5. Trenton

Trenton, Michigan

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Population: 18,426
Median Rent: $698
Distance to Closest Airport: 37 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,052
More on Trenton: Homes For Sale | Data
The founder of Trenton is considered to be Abram Caleb Truax, a member of the territorial militia in attendance when General William Hull surrendered Detroit to the British General Isaac Brock early in the War of 1812. After the war, in 1816, Truax acquired a large tract of land in the Michigan Territory along the Detroit River from the U.S. government and constructed a sawmill, church and store in what is today downtown Trenton. When Territorial Governor Lewis Cass organized Monguagon Township in 1827, Truax became the first Township Supervisor. He laid out the village of Truaxton in 1834. A post office had been established there named ‘Monguago’ in 1828 with Truax as the first postmaster. The post office name was changed to ‘Truago’ in 1837, and to ‘Trenton’ in 1847, after a type of limestone mined from a local quarry. The village was platted and recorded under the name Trenton in 1850 by Abram’s son and daughter George Brigham Truax and Sophia Slocum, the wife of industrialist Giles Slocum. The Slocum family estate was given to the county, becoming what is known as Elizabeth Park, named after Elizabeth Slocum.

6. South Lyon

South Lyon, Michigan

Population: 11,672
Median Rent: $859
Distance to Closest Airport: 20 miles
Crime Per 100k: 488
More on South Lyon: Homes For Sale | Data
South Lyon was founded in 1832 and was called Thompson’s Corners. In the same year, the surrounding township was named Lyon for Lucius Lyon, a member of the State Legislature. The village was given a name for its location within the township. South Lyon was incorporated as a village in 1873 and as a city in 1930

7. Marquette

Marquette, Michigan

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Population: 21,282
Median Rent: $675
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,574
More on Marquette: Homes For Sale | Data
The land around Marquette was known to French missionaries of the early 17th century and the trappers of the early 19th century. Development of the area did not begin, however, until 1844, when William Burt and Jacob Houghton (the brother of geologist Douglass Houghton) discovered iron deposits near Teal Lake west of Marquette. In 1845, Jackson Mining Company, the first organized mining company in the region, was formed.

8. Alpena

Alpena, Michigan

Population: 10,213
Median Rent: $574
Distance to Closest Airport: 110 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,359
More on Alpena: Homes For Sale | Data
It was originally part of Anomickee County founded in 1840, which in 1843 was changed to Alpena, a pseudo-Native American word ? a neologism coined by Henry Schoolcraft, meaning something like ‘a good partridge country.’ This was part of a much larger effort to rename a great many of the Michigan counties at the time.

9. Wixom

Wixom, Michigan

Population: 13,733
Median Rent: $664
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,842
More on Wixom: Homes For Sale | Data
The settlement of Wixom dates back to the 1830s. The establishment of Wixom as a place started in the early 1870s when the Holly, Wayne and Monroe Railroad was constructed through the area. Willard Wixom platted land on either side of the railroad near the Novi and Commerce Township border. The construction of a railroad depot and the naming of the area as Wixom fixed Wixom as a destination.

10. Fraser


Population: 14,620
Median Rent: $748
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,462
More on Fraser: Homes For Sale | Data
The Village of Fraser was incorporated by an act of the state legislature in 1894. The city was named for a lawyer from Detroit. The City of Fraser was established by home rule charter November 7, 1956, and adopted by the electors on December 26, 1956.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Michigan goes to Midland.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Muskegon Heights
  • Lincoln Park
  • Harper Woods

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Michigan

City Rank Population Median Rent Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Midland 1 42,063 $750 9 1,328
New Baltimore 2 12,266 $686 18 953
Rochester 3 12,969 $861 11 570
Clawson 4 12,008 $828 13 707
Trenton 5 18,426 $698 37 1,052
South Lyon 6 11,672 $859 20 488
Marquette 7 21,282 $675 13 1,574
Alpena 8 10,213 $574 110 2,359
Wixom 9 13,733 $664 13 1,842
Fraser 10 14,620 $748 22 2,462
Port Huron 11 29,388 $714 7 3,501
Saginaw 12 49,892 $640 10 3,295
Birmingham 13 20,653 $1330 10 1,215
Ionia 14 11,396 $662 23 1,658
Grand Haven 15 10,853 $732 37 2,202
Riverview 16 12,208 $712 34 1,875
Escanaba 17 12,455 $531 44 4,367
Farmington Hills 18 81,154 $1067 12 1,388
Livonia 19 94,849 $1004 18 1,934
Wyandotte 20 25,225 $750 33 1,716
Rochester Hills 21 72,987 $1148 9 819
Beverly Hills 22 10,450 $1243 11 794
Troy 23 82,982 $1069 11 1,703
Wayne 24 17,143 $696 27 2,934
Sterling Heights 25 131,674 $917 17 1,332
Big Rapids 26 10,495 $541 56 1,800
Owosso 27 14,738 $664 37 2,619
Novi 28 58,233 $1143 14 1,190
Berkley 29 15,239 $1085 14 662
Grand Rapids 30 193,887 $806 8 2,919
Royal Oak 31 58,823 $947 14 1,150
Niles 32 11,379 $613 77 3,084
St. Clair Shores 33 59,916 $940 26 1,542
Westland 34 82,218 $826 24 2,441
East Grand Rapids 35 11,297 $1395 6 858
Allen Park 36 27,519 $920 29 2,009
Farmington 37 10,526 $944 14 1,159
Cadillac 38 10,380 $705 82 3,468
Woodhaven 39 12,590 $688 37 2,136
Highland Park 40 10,978 $623 22 4,463
Madison Heights 41 30,168 $816 16 2,386
Mount Pleasant 42 25,896 $714 35 1,618
Pontiac 43 59,920 $754 3 3,628
Walker 44 24,458 $710 14 2,853
Muskegon 45 38,086 $654 44 4,571
Southgate 46 29,355 $814 32 3,208
Wyoming 47 74,692 $758 9 2,824
Coldwater 48 10,834 $702 70 3,415
Oak Park 49 29,751 $985 16 2,252
Hazel Park 50 16,587 $914 19 2,556
Ferndale 51 20,167 $912 18 3,009
Grosse Pointe Woods 52 15,785 $1403 27 1,495
Holland 53 33,581 $774 30 2,876
Warren 54 135,069 $864 20 3,118
Southfield 55 73,055 $1007 15 3,220
Fenton 56 11,471 $918 20 2,092
Flint 57 98,918 $682 30 4,921
Grosse Pointe Park 58 11,276 $939 29 2,021
Hamtramck 59 21,985 $649 23 4,248
Battle Creek 60 51,763 $699 42 5,639
Burton 61 28,995 $783 26 2,990
Dearborn Heights 62 56,329 $968 23 2,284
Sturgis 63 10,921 $702 74 2,710
Ypsilanti 64 20,577 $772 32 3,309
Auburn Hills 65 22,342 $985 5 3,236
Grandville 66 15,842 $714 11 4,513
Kentwood 67 50,761 $813 3 3,222
Jackson 68 33,165 $648 61 5,768
Melvindale 69 10,437 $793 28 2,816
Portage 70 47,854 $727 47 2,908
Romulus 71 23,457 $793 30 3,640
Detroit 72 683,443 $754 23 6,633
East Lansing 73 48,395 $896 53 1,723
Norton Shores 74 24,091 $860 41 3,071
Ann Arbor 75 118,087 $1114 33 1,917
Lansing 76 114,773 $763 50 4,065
Roseville 77 47,606 $899 23 4,358
Sault Ste. Marie 78 13,941 $629 144 2,625
Inkster 79 24,738 $757 25 4,236
Taylor 80 61,716 $835 30 3,025
Dearborn 81 95,520 $988 25 3,286
Kalamazoo 82 75,885 $715 41 5,463
Eastpointe 83 32,648 $1034 24 4,067
Harper Woods 84 13,895 $1040 26 8,189
Lincoln Park 85 37,155 $830 30 3,711
Muskegon Heights 86 10,792 $647 42 7,171

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