These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Michigan For 2019


We analyzed over 86 places in Michigan to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Michigan.

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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 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.

Where exactly in Michigan is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Midland as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 2019:

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 best places to retire in America.

For Michigan state reading:

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Wolverine State for 2019

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 — 692 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren’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.

Midland, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 42,063
Rank Last Year: 111 (Up 110)
Median Rent: $750
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Midland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Midland is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Tri-Cities region of Central Michigan. It is the county seat of Midland County. The city’s population was 41,863 as of the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Midland Micropolitan Statistical Area, part of the larger Saginaw-Midland-Bay City Combined Statistical Area. In 2010, Midland was named the no. 4 Best Small City to raise a family in by Forbes magazine.

New Baltimore, MI

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,266
Rank Last Year: 130 (Up 128)
Median Rent: $686
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
More on New Baltimore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Baltimore is a city and a historic, coastal resort community in Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 12,084 at the 2010 census. New Baltimore is in Metropolitan Detroit.

Rochester, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,969
Rank Last Year: 137 (Up 134)
Median Rent: $861
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Rochester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rochester is a city on the north side of the Detroit Metropolitan Area, in Oakland County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 12,711 at the 2010 census.

Clawson, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 12,008
Rank Last Year: 127 (Up 123)
Median Rent: $828
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Clawson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clawson is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Detroit metropolitan area. At the 2010 census, its population was 11,825.

Trenton, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,426
Rank Last Year: 86 (Up 81)
Median Rent: $698
Distance to Closest Airport: 37 miles
More on Trenton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Trenton is a small city in Wayne County in the southeast portion of the U.S. state of Michigan. At the 2010 census, the city population was 18,853. The city is part of Downriver, a collection of mostly blue-collar communities south of Detroit on the west bank of the Detroit River. Trenton is known for its waterfront and growing boating community.

South Lyon, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,672
Rank Last Year: 125 (Up 119)
Median Rent: $859
Distance to Closest Airport: 20 miles
More on South Lyon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Lyon is a city in Southwestern Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan, in Metro Detroit. The population was 11,327 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area, which had a population of 106,139 according to the 2000 census. South Lyon is located in Oakland County’s Lyon Township, near the Livingston County and Washtenaw County lines. The city is 19 miles north of Ann Arbor, 45 miles west of Detroit and 58 miles east of Lansing.

Marquette, MI

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 21,282
Rank Last Year: 87 (Up 80)
Median Rent: $675
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Marquette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. The population was 21,355 at the 2010 census, making it the largest city of the state’s Upper Peninsula. Marquette is a major port on Lake Superior, known primarily for shipping iron ore, and is the home of Northern Michigan University. In 2012, Marquette was listed among the 10 best places to retire in the U.S. by CBS MoneyWatch.

Review Of Marquette by HomeSnacks User

Cute little town along Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. There can be a lot of snow in the winter and in the summer Lake Superior is still cold. However, there are many great beaches and the town contains Northern Michigan University. The locals are always friendly and willing to help.

One of my favorite places there is Black Rocks Brewery, it has a great atmosphere and patio area. Although, I wish they served lunch along with the beer. If you are going hiking around Marquette make sure you bring bug spray!

Alpena, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,213
Rank Last Year: 47 (Up 39)
Median Rent: $574
Distance to Closest Airport: 110 miles
More on Alpena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alpena is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Alpena County. It is considered to be part of northern Michigan. The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is located in the city. The population was 10,483 at the 2010 census. The population swells with a large number of visitors in the summer.

Wixom, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 13,733
Rank Last Year: 92 (Up 83)
Median Rent: $664
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Wixom: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wixom is a city that lies in the borders of northwest Novi and southwest Commerce Township in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 13,498 at the 2010 census. The city was home to the former Wixom Assembly Plant, which produced the Lincoln LS, the Ford Thunderbird, the Ford GT, and the Lincoln Town Car. The plant closed its doors on May 31, 2007.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 14,620
Rank Last Year: 96 (Up 86)
Median Rent: $748
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
More on Fraser: Real Estate | Data

Fraser is a city in Macomb County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 14,480 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the Metro Detroit region.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Michigan 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:

  1. Muskegon Heights
  2. Lincoln Park
  3. Harper Woods

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Michigan

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Midland 42,063 $750
2 New Baltimore 12,266 $686
3 Rochester 12,969 $861
4 Clawson 12,008 $828
5 Trenton 18,426 $698
6 South Lyon 11,672 $859
7 Marquette 21,282 $675
8 Alpena 10,213 $574
9 Wixom 13,733 $664
10 Fraser 14,620 $748
11 Port Huron 29,388 $714
12 Saginaw 49,892 $640
13 Birmingham 20,653 $1,330
14 Ionia 11,396 $662
15 Grand Haven 10,853 $732
16 Riverview 12,208 $712
17 Escanaba 12,455 $531
18 Farmington Hills 81,154 $1,067
19 Livonia 94,849 $1,004
20 Wyandotte 25,225 $750
21 Rochester Hills 72,987 $1,148
22 Beverly Hills 10,450 $1,243
23 Troy 82,982 $1,069
24 Wayne 17,143 $696
25 Sterling Heights 131,674 $917
26 Big Rapids 10,495 $541
27 Owosso 14,738 $664
28 Novi 58,233 $1,143
29 Berkley 15,239 $1,085
30 Grand Rapids 193,887 $806
31 Royal Oak 58,823 $947
32 Niles 11,379 $613
33 St. Clair Shores 59,916 $940
34 Westland 82,218 $826
35 East Grand Rapids 11,297 $1,395
36 Allen Park 27,519 $920
37 Farmington 10,526 $944
38 Cadillac 10,380 $705
39 Woodhaven 12,590 $688
40 Highland Park 10,978 $623
41 Madison Heights 30,168 $816
42 Mount Pleasant 25,896 $714
43 Pontiac 59,920 $754
44 Walker 24,458 $710
45 Muskegon 38,086 $654
46 Southgate 29,355 $814
47 Wyoming 74,692 $758
48 Coldwater 10,834 $702
49 Oak Park 29,751 $985
50 Hazel Park 16,587 $914
51 Ferndale 20,167 $912
52 Grosse Pointe Woods 15,785 $1,403
53 Holland 33,581 $774
54 Warren 135,069 $864
55 Southfield 73,055 $1,007
56 Fenton 11,471 $918
57 Flint 98,918 $682
58 Grosse Pointe Park 11,276 $939
59 Hamtramck 21,985 $649
60 Battle Creek 51,763 $699
61 Burton 28,995 $783
62 Dearborn Heights 56,329 $968
63 Sturgis 10,921 $702
64 Ypsilanti 20,577 $772
65 Auburn Hills 22,342 $985
66 Grandville 15,842 $714
67 Kentwood 50,761 $813
68 Jackson 33,165 $648
69 Melvindale 10,437 $793
70 Portage 47,854 $727
71 Romulus 23,457 $793
72 Detroit 683,443 $754
73 East Lansing 48,395 $896
74 Norton Shores 24,091 $860
75 Ann Arbor 118,087 $1,114
76 Lansing 114,773 $763
77 Roseville 47,606 $899
78 Sault Ste. Marie 13,941 $629
79 Inkster 24,738 $757
80 Taylor 61,716 $835
81 Dearborn 95,520 $988
82 Kalamazoo 75,885 $715
83 Eastpointe 32,648 $1,034
84 Harper Woods 13,895 $1,040
85 Lincoln Park 37,155 $830
86 Muskegon Heights 10,792 $647

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