These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Michigan For 2018


We analyzed over 174 places in Michigan to determine where the 1% live.

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Beverly Hills, East Grand Rapids, Huntington Woods: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Michigan. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Wolverine State.

Beverly Hills in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $108,214 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.0%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Michigan share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 148 places in Michigan with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Michigan for 2018:

  1. Beverly Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. East Grand Rapids (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Huntington Woods (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Birmingham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Grosse Pointe Farms (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Plymouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Saline (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Novi (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Berkley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Rochester Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Michigan.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Michigan:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Michigan For 2018

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Michigan
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2012-2016 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 148 places with more than 5,000 people in Michigan, we ranked each place from 1 to 148 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Beverly Hills, crowned the “Richest Place In Michigan For 2018”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 148 places.

Beverly Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,450.0
Median Income: $108,214.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Beverly Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Beverly Hills is a village in Southfield Township, Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a suburb of Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,267 making it by far the most populous village in the state.

East Grand Rapids, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,297.0
Median Income: $118,393.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on East Grand Rapids: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Grand Rapids is a city in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The city is located in the Grand Rapids metropolitan area and is located on the shores of Reeds Lake. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,694.

Huntington Woods, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,330.0
Median Income: $121,528.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Huntington Woods: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Birmingham, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 20,653.0
Median Income: $112,545.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Birmingham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Birmingham is a city on the north side of Metro Detroit in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,103.

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,265.0
Median Income: $119,500.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on Grosse Pointe Farms: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grosse Pointe Farms is a suburban town bordering Detroit located in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 9,479 at the 2010 census. It is bordered by Canada and Lake Saint Clair on the south and east, Grosse Pointe on the west, Detroit on the north, and Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Shores on the northeast. Lakeshore Drive begins in Grosse Pointe Farms, where, just east of Fisher Road, the eastbound driver or pedestrian on Jefferson Avenue descends to lake level, following the curvature of the lakefront to the northeast.

Plymouth, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,956.0
Median Income: $78,254.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Plymouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Plymouth is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 9,132 at the 2010 census. The City of Plymouth is entirely surrounded by the Charter Township of Plymouth.

Saline, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,082.0
Median Income: $66,419.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Saline: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Saline /slin/ is a city in Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,810.

Novi, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 58,233.0
Median Income: $86,193.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Novi: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Novi (/nova/ NOH-vy) is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,224, an increase over the 2000 census count of 47,386. The city is located approximately 25 miles (40 km) northwest of the center of Detroit, and about 8 miles (13 km) west of the western border of Detroit. It is about 25 miles (40 km) northeast of the center of Ann Arbor. The city is located within the boundaries of the survey township of Novi Township. The remaining unincorporated township is only a tiny fraction surrounded by the city.

Berkley, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,239.0
Median Income: $74,172.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Berkley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Berkley is a suburb of Detroit located along the Woodward Corridor in southeastern Oakland County, Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the total population was 14,970.

Rochester Hills, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 72,987.0
Median Income: $83,507.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Rochester Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rochester Hills is a city in northeast Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan, in the northern outskirts of Metropolitan Detroit area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 70,995.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Michigan For 2018

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Michigan, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Michigan.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Michigan, according to data:

Poorest: Highland Park
2nd Poorest: Benton Harbor
3rd Poorest: Flint

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Michigan

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Beverly Hills 3.17 $108,214
2 East Grand Rapids 3.33 $118,393
3 Huntington Woods 4.33 $121,528
4 Birmingham 5.5 $112,545
5 Grosse Pointe Farms 9.83 $119,500
6 Plymouth 10.0 $78,254
7 Saline 11.67 $66,419
8 Novi 11.83 $86,193
9 Berkley 14.17 $74,172
10 Rochester Hills 15.33 $83,507
11 Grosse Pointe Park 15.83 $101,484
12 Milford 17.0 $71,250
13 South Lyon 19.17 $62,523
14 New Baltimore 19.67 $74,431
15 Royal Oak 20.0 $68,504
16 Troy 21.0 $88,954
17 Northville 21.5 $99,052
18 Grosse Pointe Woods 21.83 $93,404
19 Grosse Pointe 22.17 $92,500
20 Rochester 23.0 $76,616
21 Grandville 23.5 $55,440
22 Farmington Hills 23.5 $71,463
23 Livonia 23.83 $71,063
24 Farmington 25.0 $64,388
25 Brighton 26.83 $59,972
26 Trenton 26.83 $56,888
27 Allen Park 27.0 $65,848
28 St. Joseph 30.67 $55,854
29 Marysville 31.67 $60,349
30 Clawson 31.67 $59,259
31 Walker 32.0 $53,452
32 Rockford 33.67 $60,565
33 Portage 34.33 $57,526
34 Milan 37.0 $65,326
35 Walled Lake 38.0 $48,324
36 Tecumseh 41.0 $51,652
37 Woodhaven 41.5 $58,500
38 Chelsea 42.0 $67,500
39 Grand Ledge 44.17 $50,941
40 Mason 45.0 $52,352
41 Fraser 45.33 $52,865
42 Sterling Heights 46.5 $60,492
43 Traverse City 47.17 $51,139
44 Wixom 48.67 $47,856
45 Riverview 49.83 $53,502
46 Norton Shores 50.0 $52,283
47 St. Clair Shores 51.33 $54,590
48 Garden City 52.0 $52,788
49 Flat Rock 53.33 $57,500
50 Ferndale 53.67 $55,159
51 Marshall 53.67 $46,376
52 St. Clair 53.83 $58,101
53 Kentwood 56.5 $49,317
54 Hudsonville 56.67 $56,711
55 Auburn Hills 57.0 $53,686
56 Midland 59.17 $54,612
57 Zeeland 59.33 $39,448
58 Grand Haven 59.67 $48,575
59 Ann Arbor 60.0 $57,697
60 Holland 61.5 $50,528
61 Southgate 61.67 $51,138
62 Wyandotte 62.0 $52,020
63 Richmond 62.5 $46,750
64 Wyoming 63.67 $48,579
65 Swartz Creek 63.83 $44,525
66 Allegan 64.17 $42,226
67 Holly 66.0 $52,708
68 Petoskey 66.83 $39,690
69 Howell 67.0 $42,324
70 St. Johns 67.83 $43,765
71 Kingsford 67.83 $39,799
72 Fenton 68.5 $47,196
73 Iron Mountain 69.67 $37,729
74 Hastings 70.67 $47,672
75 Westland 72.33 $44,808
76 Oak Park 72.5 $49,811
77 Grand Blanc 73.17 $47,292
78 Madison Heights 73.33 $43,158
79 Eaton Rapids 74.67 $39,739
80 Southfield 75.5 $50,371
81 Coldwater 77.5 $37,536
82 Flushing 79.17 $50,625
83 Ishpeming 80.0 $38,225
84 Wayne 82.0 $40,973
85 Harper Woods 83.33 $49,306
86 Dearborn Heights 85.83 $45,929
87 Charlotte 86.0 $42,947
88 Monroe 87.17 $45,055
89 St. Louis 88.67 $37,768
90 Roseville 89.83 $42,036
91 Three Rivers 90.33 $40,511
92 Warren 91.5 $44,017
93 Dearborn 93.0 $48,421
94 Grand Rapids 94.67 $42,019
95 Eastpointe 95.83 $44,240
96 Center Line 96.0 $35,955
97 Romulus 97.0 $44,727
98 Marquette 98.0 $37,551
99 Menominee 98.83 $34,956
100 Battle Creek 98.83 $38,216

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