10 Richest Cities In Michigan For 2019

We analyzed 149 places in Michigan to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Michigan.

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If you’re looking for safe cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, and high-end shopping, with a bank account to match, you can stop your search. There are cities in on our Top 10 Richest Cities in Michigan that have these 5-star amenities, and then some. And, yes, they are mainly centralized around Detroit.

To create this list, we asked ourselves, what is important to rich people? Besides the obvious: high paying jobs, affluent neighborhoods, gigantic homes, and Michelin rated restaurants, the cities on our list cater to the ‘one percent’ on a different level: they are posh, posh.

Cities on our list like Grosse Pointe Farms offer beachfront access to Lake St. Clair and cities like Beverly Hills (need we say more…) provide upscale golf courses that rival in comparison to Beverly Hills, California.

How does one get their hand on one of these Michigan gems where living your best life requires a boat load of coinage? Well, a couple of things have to fall into place for you.

First off, you need to find a job that pays on average $115,000/year. Might we suggest a job in real estate in our number one richest city? The median home price in this city is $370,000. That’s a lot of MIchigan cheddar, folks

Now, it’s not lost on us that there are multiple cities on our 10 Best Cities to Live in Michigan for 2019 that are also on our richest list. (It’s worth a google.) Wealthy cities tend to have it all.

To see which cities make the dolla’ holla’ on our top 10 Richest Cities in MIchigan for 2019, grab a bowl of potato pierogies, a nice quiet spot on Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Ontario, or Lake Erie, and take a look at the list below.

Did we mention that you either have to be the owner the Detroit Lions, in possession of the original Pasty (pronounced paw-sty) recipe, or a member of the DeVos family to live in our top 10 Richest Cities in MIchigan for 2019?

In all seriousness, we narrowed down the richest cities in the Great Lakes State by looking at several factors: poverty rate, median household income, unemployment rate; and obviously, where Michigan’s ‘Richie Rich’ like to hang. The cities also had to have a population of at least 5,000.

Without further adieu, the one city in Michigan where the streets are paved in gold (and sometimes two feet of snow)….that would be Huntington Woods.

To see how your city compared, or what cities made the top 10, take look below.

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

The 10 Richest Cities In Michigan For 2019

Huntington Woods, MI

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Population: 6,347
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $125,873
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Huntington Woods: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Beverly Hills, MI

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Population: 10,424
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $111,765
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
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.

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

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Population: 9,238
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $132,390
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
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.

Birmingham, MI

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Population: 20,836
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $114,537
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
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.

East Grand Rapids, MI

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Population: 11,493
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $125,180
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
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.

Northville, MI

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Population: 5,998
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 11)
Median Income: $107,500
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Northville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Northville is a city located in and divided by Oakland and Wayne counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. The area is a suburb of Metropolitan Detroit. The population was 5,970 at the 2010 census. Most of the city is in Oakland County and is surrounded by the city of Novi, while the other part is in Wayne County is surrounded by Northville Township. Northville is served by Northville Public Schools. The city is located 21 miles (34 km) northeast of Ann Arbor and 29 miles (47 km) northwest of Detroit.

Berkley, MI

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Population: 15,269
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $77,772
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
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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.

Novi, MI

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Population: 58,835
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $88,667
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
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.

Review Of Novi by HomeSnacks User

Schools are great and their are always police officers in the neighborhood

Shopping and entertainment is near. An amazing place to live.

Grosse Pointe, MI

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Population: 5,241
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 10)
Median Income: $95,887
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Grosse Pointe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grosse Pointe is a waterfront city adjacent to Detroit in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The municipality covers just over one square mile and had a population of 5,421 at the 2010 census. It is bordered on the west by Grosse Pointe Park, on the north by Detroit, on the east by Grosse Pointe Farms, and on the south by Lake Saint Clair. Grosse Pointe is about eight miles (13 km) east of downtown Detroit, accessible by Jefferson Avenue or several other cross streets. Grosse Pointe is one of five similarly named municipalities in northeastern Wayne County, and is often called “The City” or Grosse Pointe City.

Rochester Hills, MI

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Population: 73,458
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $87,475
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
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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.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Michigan For 2019

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 2013-2017 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 149 places with more than 5,000 people in Michigan, we ranked each place from 1 to 149 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, Huntington Woods, crowned the “Richest City In Michigan For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 149 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Michigan For 2019

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:

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Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Michigan

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Huntington Woods 4.17 $125,873
2 Beverly Hills 4.83 $111,765
3 Grosse Pointe Farms 6.5 $132,390
4 Birmingham 8.0 $114,537
5 East Grand Rapids 9.0 $125,180
6 Northville 10.33 $107,500
7 Berkley 12.83 $77,772
8 Novi 12.83 $88,667
9 Grosse Pointe 13.5 $95,887
10 Rochester Hills 15.33 $87,475
11 Plymouth 15.67 $80,104
12 Milford 17.5 $74,779
13 Grosse Pointe Park 19.17 $105,161
14 Troy 19.83 $93,017
15 Allen Park 21.17 $69,134
16 South Lyon 21.33 $63,876
17 Royal Oak 21.5 $74,140
18 Saline 21.67 $69,968
19 Farmington Hills 22.67 $76,637
20 Grandville 23.17 $56,765
21 Livonia 24.67 $74,882
22 Clawson 26.17 $62,969
23 Trenton 26.33 $59,943
24 Grosse Pointe Woods 26.67 $95,697
25 Farmington 28.17 $66,453
26 Rochester 28.17 $81,650
27 Mason 29.0 $59,492
28 Brighton 29.67 $55,530
29 New Baltimore 30.67 $76,655
30 Frankenmuth 31.5 $49,828
31 Walker 33.33 $55,781
32 St. Joseph 37.0 $55,975
33 Milan 37.67 $68,403
34 Portage 37.67 $60,260
35 Rockford 37.67 $61,097
36 Flat Rock 39.5 $63,375
37 Chelsea 42.5 $70,938
38 Marysville 42.83 $61,439
39 Wixom 43.0 $49,682
40 Grand Ledge 44.33 $55,068
41 Woodhaven 45.33 $60,099
42 Ferndale 45.83 $61,060
43 Sterling Heights 45.83 $62,344
44 Garden City 47.67 $54,619
45 Traverse City 48.33 $53,237
46 Hudsonville 50.0 $59,412
47 Fraser 51.5 $53,328
48 Riverview 52.5 $53,936
49 Tecumseh 52.67 $51,319
50 St. Clair Shores 53.0 $56,674
51 Norton Shores 53.0 $53,797
52 Kentwood 53.33 $50,689
53 Swartz Creek 53.67 $50,065
54 Zeeland 54.0 $43,136
55 Holland 54.83 $53,781
56 Grand Haven 55.0 $51,639
57 St. Clair 55.17 $59,563
58 Walled Lake 58.0 $49,811
59 Midland 58.5 $58,910
60 Marshall 59.83 $49,129
61 Richmond 60.33 $50,250
62 Allegan 61.0 $44,439
63 Wyandotte 61.17 $54,709
64 St. Johns 61.5 $49,301
65 Howell 62.0 $47,252
66 Ann Arbor 63.17 $61,247
67 Flushing 63.33 $53,496
68 Auburn Hills 63.33 $58,438
69 Southgate 64.67 $51,808
70 Grand Blanc 66.0 $52,240
71 Wyoming 66.0 $50,971
72 Kingsford 68.0 $41,614
73 Petoskey 68.17 $37,639
74 Coldwater 69.17 $39,124
75 Madison Heights 71.83 $46,687
76 Oak Park 72.17 $51,498
77 Fenton 72.5 $49,575
78 Southfield 73.83 $52,470
79 Holly 77.5 $50,897
80 Westland 77.67 $46,230
81 St. Louis 80.0 $40,577
82 Eaton Rapids 81.0 $38,891
83 Iron Mountain 82.33 $45,575
84 Ishpeming 84.67 $42,075
85 Dearborn Heights 85.83 $47,794
86 Charlotte 88.0 $43,971
87 Monroe 89.0 $47,559
88 Roseville 91.5 $43,341
89 Harper Woods 92.0 $46,853
90 Belding 93.0 $40,905
91 Eastpointe 93.17 $46,512
92 Grand Rapids 95.17 $44,369
93 Manistee 95.33 $35,429
94 Sault Ste. Marie 95.67 $38,540
95 Warren 96.5 $45,611
96 Three Rivers 97.17 $40,019
97 Dearborn 97.83 $50,329
98 Hastings 98.5 $48,114
99 Romulus 99.33 $46,724
100 Taylor 99.33 $44,435

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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