These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Michigan For 2019


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Michigan are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Michigan, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Wolverine State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Michigan based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Michigan ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Michigan for 2019:

  1. Pleasant Ridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. DeWitt (Homes For Sale)
  3. Village of Grosse Pointe Shores (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Sylvan Lake (Homes For Sale)
  5. Bloomfield Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Lathrup Village (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. North Muskegon (Homes For Sale)
  8. Lake Orion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Spring Lake (Homes For Sale)
  10. Caledonia (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Pleasant Ridge, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Wolverine State check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Michigan

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 247 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 247, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Michigan. Top of that list — Pleasant Ridge.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Michigan.

Pleasant Ridge, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,365
Median Income: $102,287 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $295,900 (7th Best)
More on Pleasant Ridge: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,647
Median Income: $87,029 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $200,100 (15th Best)
More on Dewitt: Data | Homes For Sale

Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,910
Median Income: $156,842 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $452,400 (4th Best)
More on Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,753
Median Income: $70,500 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $198,600 (16th Best)
More on Sylvan Lake: Data | Homes For Sale

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,981
Median Income: $186,563 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $840,300 (1st Best)
More on Bloomfield Hills: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Lathrup Village, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 4,151
Median Income: $101,406 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $168,800 (28th Best)
More on Lathrup Village: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,794
Median Income: $60,488 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $137,300 (49th Best)
More on North Muskegon: Data | Homes For Sale

Lake Orion, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,116
Median Income: $85,301 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $266,100 (8th Best)
More on Lake Orion: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,449
Median Income: $54,474 (57th Best)
Median Home Value: $137,700 (48th Best)
More on Spring Lake: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,843
Median Income: $75,273 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $195,300 (17th Best)
More on Caledonia: Data | Homes For Sale

Franklin, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,218
Median Income: $149,491 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $539,400 (3rd Best)
More on Franklin: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,158
Median Income: $49,700 (87th Best)
Median Home Value: $124,800 (60th Best)
More on Stevensville: Data | Homes For Sale

Oxford, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,528
Median Income: $64,967 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $177,900 (21st Best)
More on Oxford: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,449
Median Income: $50,129 (82nd Best)
Median Home Value: $122,400 (63rd Best)
More on Fruitport: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,956
Median Income: $56,005 (52nd Best)
Median Home Value: $122,800 (62nd Best)
More on West Ishpeming: Data | Homes For Sale

Pinckney, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,571
Median Income: $73,466 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $161,700 (31st Best)
More on Pinckney: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,891
Median Income: $61,985 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $147,400 (41st Best)
More on Williamston: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,175
Median Income: $56,875 (47th Best)
Median Home Value: $108,800 (96th Best)
More on Edgemont Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,286
Median Income: $69,196 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $150,700 (39th Best)
More on Dimondale: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,169
Median Income: $88,945 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $383,700 (6th Best)
More on South Gull Lake: Data | Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Michigan are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Michigan:

  1. Skidway Lake
  2. St. Helen
  3. White Cloud

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Michigan

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Pleasant Ridge 2,365 $102,287.0 $295,900.0
2 Dewitt 4,647 $87,029.0 $200,100.0
3 Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores 2,910 $156,842.0 $452,400.0
4 Sylvan Lake 1,753 $70,500.0 $198,600.0
5 Bloomfield Hills 3,981 $186,563.0 $840,300.0
6 Lathrup Village 4,151 $101,406.0 $168,800.0
7 North Muskegon 3,794 $60,488.0 $137,300.0
8 Lake Orion 3,116 $85,301.0 $266,100.0
9 Spring Lake 2,449 $54,474.0 $137,700.0
10 Caledonia 1,843 $75,273.0 $195,300.0
11 Franklin 3,218 $149,491.0 $539,400.0
12 Stevensville 1,158 $49,700.0 $124,800.0
13 Oxford 3,528 $64,967.0 $177,900.0
14 Fruitport 1,449 $50,129.0 $122,400.0
15 West Ishpeming 2,956 $56,005.0 $122,800.0
16 Pinckney 2,571 $73,466.0 $161,700.0
17 Williamston 3,891 $61,985.0 $147,400.0
18 Edgemont Park 2,175 $56,875.0 $108,800.0
19 Dimondale 1,286 $69,196.0 $150,700.0
20 South Gull Lake 1,169 $88,945.0 $383,700.0
21 Wolverine Lake 4,483 $82,893.0 $174,100.0
22 Elk Rapids 1,611 $49,891.0 $222,600.0
23 Trowbridge Park 2,482 $57,443.0 $156,900.0
24 Rockwood 3,197 $64,904.0 $120,300.0
25 Plainwell 3,789 $56,182.0 $121,000.0
26 Orchard Lake Village 2,512 $157,750.0 $550,200.0
27 Argentine 2,626 $89,286.0 $237,800.0
28 Portland 3,905 $61,875.0 $116,200.0
29 Bath 2,022 $72,061.0 $156,300.0
30 Goodrich 1,956 $80,938.0 $171,300.0
31 Schoolcraft 1,393 $49,875.0 $110,800.0
32 Wacousta 1,416 $83,024.0 $180,600.0
33 South Haven 4,345 $45,292.0 $174,500.0
34 Lowell 3,996 $61,813.0 $113,800.0
35 Auburn 1,934 $52,794.0 $100,500.0
36 Spring Arbor 2,745 $57,083.0 $156,000.0
37 Linden 3,877 $62,378.0 $143,800.0
38 Bingham Farms 1,189 $116,250.0 $390,200.0
39 Otsego 3,974 $44,930.0 $109,500.0
40 Wayland 4,158 $52,831.0 $103,900.0
41 Harbor Springs 1,037 $46,875.0 $243,400.0
42 Pearl Beach 2,853 $68,286.0 $209,200.0
43 Grass Lake 1,284 $60,294.0 $140,600.0
44 Middleville 3,362 $50,714.0 $109,300.0
45 Twin Lake 1,845 $74,138.0 $157,700.0
46 Fowler 1,321 $52,625.0 $135,100.0
47 Chums Corner 1,303 $83,203.0 $190,200.0
48 Concord 1,257 $52,500.0 $99,100.0
49 Petersburg 1,253 $56,012.0 $112,500.0
50 Lake Isabella 2,054 $71,833.0 $149,500.0
51 Beechwood 3,185 $53,191.0 $140,000.0
52 Manchester 2,138 $53,068.0 $145,500.0
53 Bridgman 2,397 $60,000.0 $167,800.0
54 Laurium 2,147 $41,193.0 $73,100.0
55 Laingsburg 1,275 $54,402.0 $116,700.0
56 Negaunee 4,579 $51,212.0 $120,300.0
57 Belleville 3,880 $45,223.0 $127,700.0
58 Reese 1,500 $52,457.0 $111,800.0
59 Greilickville 1,522 $47,589.0 $228,900.0
60 Armada 1,855 $53,958.0 $145,500.0
61 Montague 2,636 $51,750.0 $105,500.0
62 Boyne City 3,747 $50,956.0 $129,500.0
63 Shepherd 1,444 $44,167.0 $99,700.0
64 Detroit Beach 1,797 $58,355.0 $97,900.0
65 Stockbridge 1,293 $47,500.0 $127,000.0
66 Ferrysburg 2,992 $63,896.0 $172,200.0
67 Whitehall 2,699 $45,395.0 $107,400.0
68 Canadian Lakes 2,915 $53,824.0 $178,700.0
69 Clinton 2,494 $61,048.0 $111,900.0
70 Charlevoix 2,457 $34,484.0 $173,100.0
71 Gibraltar 4,536 $62,167.0 $132,900.0
72 Webberville 1,156 $57,031.0 $101,600.0
73 Woodland Beach 2,030 $59,167.0 $108,000.0
74 Blissfield 3,372 $47,232.0 $101,000.0
75 Pigeon 1,227 $38,170.0 $77,400.0
76 Romeo 4,016 $55,208.0 $167,800.0
77 Carleton 2,364 $57,500.0 $110,100.0
78 Gladstone 4,824 $43,559.0 $86,900.0
79 Harvey 1,575 $45,172.0 $157,700.0
80 Utica 4,873 $55,221.0 $136,100.0
81 Fremont 4,000 $43,031.0 $86,000.0
82 Birch Run 1,699 $46,646.0 $92,700.0
83 Roosevelt Park 3,810 $44,239.0 $95,500.0
84 Frankfort 1,334 $39,516.0 $153,000.0
85 New Haven 4,714 $55,972.0 $115,400.0
86 Ortonville 1,777 $58,229.0 $160,200.0
87 New Buffalo 1,750 $49,602.0 $220,100.0
88 Dundee 4,049 $47,353.0 $126,500.0
89 South Rockwood 1,845 $70,250.0 $115,100.0
90 Essexville 3,375 $49,901.0 $86,300.0
91 Burt 1,091 $57,188.0 $110,000.0
92 Keego Harbor 3,124 $44,080.0 $114,500.0
93 Stony Point 1,254 $70,167.0 $117,100.0
94 Onsted 1,039 $48,125.0 $111,300.0
95 Cass City 2,429 $44,798.0 $75,600.0
96 Three Oaks 1,544 $47,500.0 $123,200.0
97 Olivet 1,696 $43,466.0 $114,800.0
98 Davison 4,997 $41,266.0 $102,600.0
99 Almont 2,748 $51,750.0 $139,300.0
100 Hancock 4,574 $35,063.0 $107,000.0

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