These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Michigan


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 Clawson don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Wolverine State to retire:

  1. Clawson
  2. Walled Lake
  3. Oak Park
  4. Hazel Park
  5. Berkley
  6. Royal Oak
  7. Dearborn Heights
  8. Farmington
  9. St. Clair Shores
  10. Hamtramck

Why did Clawson take the top spot? And where are Detroit and Grand Rapids? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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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 132 places from across the state.

For these 132, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 132, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Clawson, 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. Clawson

Clawson, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,943
Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 787
Clawson ranked 1 overall thanks to its 90 place rank for cost of living and 4 place safety rank.

2. Walled Lake

Walled Lake, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,065
Cost Of Living: 86
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,004
Walled Lake ranked 2 overall thanks to its 65 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.

3. Oak Park

Oak Park, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,622
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,207
Oak Park ranked 3 overall thanks to its 21 place rank for cost of living and 67 place safety rank.

4. Hazel Park

Hazel Park, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,532
Cost Of Living: 75
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,637
Hazel Park ranked 4 overall thanks to its 6 place rank for cost of living and 80 place safety rank.

5. Berkley

Berkley, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,136
Cost Of Living: 95
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 951
Berkley ranked 5 overall thanks to its 102 place rank for cost of living and 9 place safety rank.

6. Royal Oak

Royal Oak, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,382
Cost Of Living: 99
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,145
Royal Oak ranked 6 overall thanks to its 108 place rank for cost of living and 16 place safety rank.

7. Dearborn Heights

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,063
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,486
Dearborn Heights ranked 7 overall thanks to its 21 place rank for cost of living and 72 place safety rank.

8. Farmington

Farmington, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,472
Cost Of Living: 94
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,012
Farmington ranked 8 overall thanks to its 98 place rank for cost of living and 11 place safety rank.

9. St. Clair Shores

St. Clair Shores, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,865
Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 26 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,461
St. Clair Shores ranked 9 overall thanks to its 54 place rank for cost of living and 35 place safety rank.

10. Hamtramck

Hamtramck, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,256
Cost Of Living: 74
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,003
Hamtramck ranked 10 overall thanks to its 4 place rank for cost of living and 113 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

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

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

  • Auburn Hills
  • Battle Creek
  • Portage

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Michigan

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Clawson 1 11,943 91 13 787
Walled Lake 2 7,065 86 10 1,004
Oak Park 3 29,622 80 16 2,207
Hazel Park 4 16,532 75 19 2,637
Berkley 5 15,136 95 14 951
Royal Oak 6 58,382 99 14 1,145
Dearborn Heights 7 57,063 80 23 2,486
Farmington 8 10,472 94 14 1,012
St. Clair Shores 9 59,865 84 26 1,461
Hamtramck 10 22,256 74 23 4,003
Madison Heights 11 30,028 82 16 2,577
Birmingham 12 20,382 133 10 1,069
Saginaw 13 50,700 76 10 4,051
St. Louis 14 7,347 80 27 1,224
Rochester 15 12,872 116 11 924
Eastpointe 16 32,526 77 24 3,969
Holly 17 6,142 81 16 1,839
Detroit 18 695,437 73 23 6,700
Ferndale 19 20,102 85 18 2,989
Plymouth 20 9,029 109 21 874
Center Line 21 8,279 82 20 3,321
Melvindale 22 10,584 74 28 3,146
Wyandotte 23 25,470 81 33 2,414
Huntington Woods 24 6,310 119 15 1,299
Warren 25 134,398 82 20 3,026
Lincoln Park 26 37,648 76 30 3,787
Westland 27 83,188 82 24 2,648
Roseville 28 47,408 77 23 4,376
Ironwood 29 5,237 77 100 1,928
Harper Woods 30 14,058 76 26 7,461
Inkster 31 25,056 74 25 4,266
Beverly Hills 32 10,368 125 11 848
South Lyon 33 11,514 111 20 651
Grosse Pointe Woods 34 15,943 99 27 1,336
Allen Park 35 27,869 83 29 2,178
New Baltimore 36 12,144 101 18 889
Sterling Heights 37 130,604 95 17 1,721
Wayne 38 17,314 77 27 2,928
Farmington Hills 39 80,682 104 12 1,328
Davison 40 5,085 87 26 1,356
River Rouge 41 7,761 76 29 3,156
Southfield 42 72,480 84 14 3,283
Fraser 43 14,544 87 22 2,557
Ishpeming 44 6,514 82 15 1,443
Northville 45 6,001 123 17 1,149
Grand Rapids 46 190,739 89 8 724
Southgate 47 29,710 81 32 3,355
Southfield 48 72,480 84 15 3,283
Richmond 49 5,806 93 13 1,584
Alpena 50 10,336 81 110 2,544
Ionia 51 11,388 84 23 1,914
Milford 52 6,325 110 13 1,501
Dearborn 53 96,739 83 25 3,591
Marquette 54 21,430 97 13 1,371
Troy 55 82,106 110 11 1,716
Grand Ledge 56 7,779 87 40 462
Livonia 57 95,888 94 18 1,973
Flushing 58 8,252 89 34 1,078
Flint 59 100,569 73 30 5,553
Trenton 60 18,635 88 37 1,325
Grand Blanc 61 8,147 94 22 1,595
Grosse Pointe 62 5,350 108 29 2,037
Grosse Pointe Farms 63 9,371 116 29 1,301
Riverview 64 12,347 89 34 1,563
Hastings 65 7,313 88 19 1,681
Sault Ste. Marie 66 14,121 82 144 2,570
Petoskey 67 5,705 103 133 1,034
Fenton 68 11,601 88 20 2,060
Taylor 69 62,331 81 30 3,433
Rockford 70 5,876 104 17 1,378
Alma 71 9,289 83 30 1,733
Mount Pleasant 72 26,095 90 35 2,123
Novi 73 56,887 116 14 1,582
Marysville 74 9,842 91 2 1,524
Muskegon Heights 75 10,807 76 42 9,327
Grosse Pointe Park 76 11,412 114 29 2,602
Wixom 77 13,640 103 13 2,104
Owosso 78 14,922 84 37 3,116
Owosso 79 14,922 84 37 3,116
Ann Arbor 80 115,985 111 33 2,064
St. Johns 81 7,933 91 43 1,184
East Lansing 82 48,611 96 53 1,713
Kalamazoo 83 75,190 81 41 5,033
Port Huron 84 29,534 82 7 3,606
East Grand Rapids 85 10,999 119 6 1,272
Swartz Creek 86 5,664 87 31 1,694
Ypsilanti 87 19,844 90 32 4,273
Lansing 88 114,382 82 50 4,238
Brighton 89 7,562 108 24 1,983
Jackson 90 33,317 80 61 5,183
Allegan 91 5,030 85 28 2,166
Muskegon 92 37,822 79 44 5,470
Flat Rock 93 9,859 85 39 1,896
Grandville 94 15,613 96 11 4,579
Saline 95 9,000 106 40 1,222
Romulus 96 23,721 80 30 2,858
Howell 97 9,543 100 29 1,739
Tecumseh 98 8,407 90 54 1,130
Greenville 99 8,434 82 24 3,699
Mason 100 8,266 88 55 1,342
Wyoming 101 73,434 86 9 2,460
Burton 102 29,429 77 26 4,604
Zeeland 103 5,566 91 25 2,766
Woodhaven 104 12,747 91 37 1,961
Belding 105 5,764 84 20 3,678
Walker 106 24,015 95 14 2,581
Hillsdale 107 8,222 82 79 1,909
Menominee 108 8,516 81 50 3,147
Charlotte 109 9,053 82 41 2,717
Houghton 110 7,897 91 76 1,278
Benton Harbor 111 10,056 76 70 7,875
St. Clair 112 5,428 94 6 1,418
Kentwood 113 49,736 92 3 3,317
Grand Haven 114 10,687 90 37 2,180
Albion 115 8,416 80 58 4,004
Coldwater 116 10,863 82 70 2,236
Ludington 117 8,061 87 87 2,505
Manistee 118 6,160 85 90 2,142
Holland 119 33,342 89 30 3,443
Marshall 120 7,054 88 51 1,616
Milan 121 5,724 90 43 2,480
Lapeer 122 8,801 85 26 4,215
Niles 123 11,479 83 77 3,449
St. Joseph 124 8,310 97 68 2,948
Three Rivers 125 7,765 81 64 4,507
Sturgis 126 10,923 84 74 3,369
Norton Shores 127 23,941 86 41 3,061
Midland 128 42,067 94 9 1,416
Cadillac 129 10,306 83 82 3,852
Portage 130 47,137 89 47 3,339
Battle Creek 131 51,963 83 42 5,446
Auburn Hills 132 21,639 88 5 3,387

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