These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Michigan


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

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Huntington Woods, Forest Hills, Birmingham: 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.

Huntington Woods in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $113,750 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.4%.

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.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 174 places in Michigan with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Wolverine State:

  1. Huntington Woods
  2. Forest Hills
  3. Birmingham
  4. East Grand Rapids
  5. Beverly Hills
  6. Grosse Pointe Park
  7. Saline
  8. Freeland
  9. Byron Center
  10. Novi

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in Michigan? That would be Highland Park.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Michigan

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is simply how much people earn. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t think 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 2010-2014 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 174 places with more than 5,000 people in Michigan, we ranked each place from 1 to 174 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 Place In Michigan”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 174 places.

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1. Huntington Woods

Huntington Woods, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,310
Median Income: 11375000.0%
Poverty Level: 2.4%
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

2. Forest Hills

Forest Hills, Michigan

Source: Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. Wikipedia.

Population: 27,072
Median Income: 11878800.0%
Poverty Level: 1.5%
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

3. Birmingham

Birmingham, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,382
Median Income: 10716100.0%
Poverty Level: 3.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

4. East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,999
Median Income: 10782400.0%
Poverty Level: 2.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

5. Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,368
Median Income: 10301100.0%
Poverty Level: 3.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%

6. Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

Source: Grosse Pointe Park Mi

Population: 11,412
Median Income: 9708300.0%
Poverty Level: 5.2%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

7. Saline

Saline, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,000
Median Income: 6718000.0%
Poverty Level: 2.9%
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%

8. Freeland


Population: 7,608
Median Income: 7138000.0%
Poverty Level: 2.5%
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%

9. Byron Center


Population: 6,057
Median Income: 6399200.0%
Poverty Level: 5.1%
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

10. Novi

Novi, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,887
Median Income: 8029900.0%
Poverty Level: 6.1%
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In Michigan

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 MI, according to data:

Poorest: Highland Park
2nd Poorest: Benton Harbor
3rd Poorest: Muskegon Heights
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In Michigan

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City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Huntington Woods 1 6,310 $113,750 2.4% 3.3%
Forest Hills 2 27,072 $118,788 1.5% 4.9%
Birmingham 3 20,382 $107,161 3.0% 4.3%
East Grand Rapids 4 10,999 $107,824 2.3% 5.2%
Beverly Hills 5 10,368 $103,011 3.3% 6.1%
Grosse Pointe Park 6 11,412 $97,083 5.2% 5.7%
Saline 7 9,000 $67,180 2.9% 5.3%
Freeland 8 7,608 $71,380 2.5% 6.3%
Byron Center 9 6,057 $63,992 5.1% 5.2%
Novi 10 56,887 $80,299 6.1% 6.0%
Jenison 11 17,271 $56,381 4.8% 4.1%
Lake Fenton 12 5,456 $71,393 8.1% 3.3%
Rochester 13 12,872 $76,133 6.3% 6.0%
New Baltimore 14 12,144 $80,762 7.6% 5.5%
Grosse Pointe Farms 15 9,371 $113,969 4.5% 8.0%
Grosse Pointe Woods 16 15,943 $89,513 4.1% 7.8%
Brighton 17 7,562 $60,346 7.3% 4.9%
Rochester Hills 18 72,195 $80,806 6.2% 7.2%
Plymouth 19 9,029 $67,350 6.4% 6.2%
Farmington Hills 20 80,682 $71,061 7.6% 5.9%
Troy 21 82,106 $84,325 6.5% 7.4%
Royal Oak 22 58,382 $64,873 7.7% 5.8%
Livonia 23 95,888 $69,386 5.6% 7.6%
Northville 24 6,001 $91,270 5.1% 9.1%
Farmington 25 10,472 $58,908 6.1% 7.3%
Berkley 26 15,136 $70,625 7.3% 7.3%
Temperance 27 9,402 $61,776 7.1% 7.2%
Shields 28 6,430 $52,500 5.1% 6.4%
Chelsea 29 5,085 $57,163 8.7% 5.7%
Grosse Pointe 30 5,350 $100,688 3.9% 10.3%
Milan 31 5,724 $64,000 6.9% 7.9%
Mason 32 8,266 $52,365 8.3% 5.2%
South Lyon 33 11,514 $55,889 7.4% 7.0%
Grand Ledge 34 7,779 $53,654 6.7% 7.0%
Woodhaven 35 12,747 $58,609 8.9% 7.5%
Grandville 36 15,613 $53,490 9.2% 6.3%
Holt 37 24,267 $58,253 8.7% 8.2%
St. Joseph 38 8,310 $52,772 9.2% 6.9%
Allen Park 39 27,869 $60,655 6.5% 10.0%
Whitmore Lake 40 6,380 $51,065 6.9% 7.8%
Lambertville 41 9,988 $67,910 6.4% 10.7%
Rockford 42 5,876 $48,641 11.0% 4.9%
Okemos 43 21,827 $71,678 16.7% 6.6%
Haslett 44 20,061 $57,203 14.2% 6.7%
Milford 45 6,325 $69,472 7.9% 10.6%
Hudsonville 46 7,217 $53,899 9.6% 8.5%
Portage 47 47,137 $55,050 10.9% 8.2%
Clawson 48 11,943 $54,021 8.4% 9.6%
Tecumseh 49 8,407 $48,381 8.9% 7.6%
Waverly 50 24,470 $53,360 9.4% 8.8%
Walker 51 24,015 $49,587 11.8% 6.9%
Trenton 52 18,635 $53,257 8.9% 9.6%
Marysville 53 9,842 $53,786 10.4% 9.1%
Northview 54 14,954 $52,965 10.0% 9.3%
Sterling Heights 55 130,604 $58,800 12.1% 10.2%
Wixom 56 13,640 $47,353 13.8% 6.9%
Kentwood 57 49,736 $49,201 11.8% 8.4%
St. Clair Shores 58 59,865 $53,252 10.2% 10.2%
Fraser 59 14,544 $51,230 8.2% 10.7%
Comstock Northwest 60 5,769 $47,056 15.2% 6.2%
Marshall 61 7,054 $43,809 10.5% 7.7%
Riverview 62 12,347 $49,583 10.4% 9.5%
Iron Mountain 63 7,593 $39,415 13.3% 5.2%
Auburn Hills 64 21,639 $52,949 12.7% 9.9%
Midland 65 42,067 $50,433 15.6% 7.7%
Garden City 66 27,356 $51,461 9.6% 11.4%
Southgate 67 29,710 $48,924 10.5% 9.9%
Norton Shores 68 23,941 $50,266 10.4% 10.7%
Howell 69 9,543 $43,482 16.4% 6.9%
Ann Arbor 70 115,985 $56,835 26.9% 7.1%
Holly 71 6,142 $56,899 11.2% 12.7%
Wyandotte 72 25,470 $51,074 11.4% 10.9%
Traverse City 73 15,006 $47,836 16.4% 8.0%
Richmond 74 5,806 $47,331 13.4% 9.4%
Flat Rock 75 9,859 $55,038 12.3% 12.5%
St. Clair 76 5,428 $50,980 14.0% 10.5%
Ferndale 77 20,102 $50,590 14.6% 10.5%
Wyoming 78 73,434 $46,672 14.9% 9.4%
Grand Haven 79 10,687 $44,235 8.4% 12.0%
Petoskey 80 5,705 $40,161 13.2% 8.4%
Kingsford 81 5,115 $40,000 12.8% 8.6%
Allegan 82 5,030 $41,368 15.5% 8.4%
Walled Lake 83 7,065 $46,098 13.3% 10.5%
South Monroe 84 6,622 $38,472 13.8% 8.4%
Holland 85 33,342 $44,619 18.7% 8.6%
Zeeland 86 5,566 $40,561 12.6% 10.2%
Swartz Creek 87 5,664 $49,181 12.9% 12.6%
Harper Woods 88 14,058 $48,111 12.1% 12.8%
Fenton 89 $42,153 14.5% 10.1%
St. Johns 90 7,933 $40,331 15.1% 9.0%
Flushing 91 8,252 $51,118 15.1% 12.8%
Monroe 92 20,455 $45,037 18.8% 9.8%
Ishpeming 93 6,514 $33,864 22.2% 5.4%
Cutlerville 94 14,533 $42,595 16.9% 9.9%
Charlotte 95 9,053 $43,163 14.3% 11.5%
Westland 96 83,188 $43,903 15.1% 11.5%
Westwood 97 9,091 $43,016 20.8% 8.9%
Southfield 98 72,480 $49,548 15.2% 13.5%
Grand Blanc 99 8,147 $47,373 18.3% 12.5%
Oak Park 100 29,622 $47,292 15.6% 14.2%
Dearborn Heights 101 57,063 $44,440 17.2% 13.2%
Fair Plain 102 8,043 $37,687 19.5% 10.1%
Hastings 103 7,313 $43,403 19.4% 12.5%
Dearborn 104 96,739 $46,776 26.5% 11.7%
Warren 105 134,398 $43,500 18.5% 13.2%
Roseville 106 47,408 $40,646 15.9% 13.3%
Madison Heights 107 30,028 $40,820 19.2% 12.2%
Coldwater 108 10,863 $34,260 19.2% 10.3%
Menominee 109 8,516 $34,836 17.6% 11.4%
Romulus 110 23,721 $44,525 17.0% 16.5%
Comstock Park 111 10,407 $40,451 25.6% 10.7%
Marquette 112 21,430 $35,719 31.7% 8.7%
Davison 113 5,085 $33,393 16.7% 12.3%
Allendale 114 18,393 $46,884 35.6% 11.6%
Springfield 115 5,231 $37,038 22.4% 11.8%
Lincoln Park 116 37,648 $39,871 17.5% 13.8%
Grand Rapids 117 190,739 $39,913 25.2% 12.0%
Manistee 118 6,160 $35,587 19.0% 12.7%
Taylor 119 62,331 $41,742 18.4% 16.4%
Alpena 120 10,336 $32,377 24.0% 10.1%
Cadillac 121 10,306 $34,106 21.8% 11.9%
Sturgis 122 10,923 $36,206 22.6% 12.5%
Burton 123 29,429 $42,002 19.2% 16.3%
Ludington 124 8,061 $33,110 17.1% 13.3%
Owosso 125 14,922 $34,994 23.4% 12.3%
Eastpointe 126 32,526 $40,997 19.7% 16.3%
Battle Creek 127 51,963 $37,885 20.3% 13.6%
Center Line 128 8,279 $31,675 18.2% 12.9%
Wayne 129 17,314 $39,333 19.4% 14.5%
Belding 130 5,764 $38,456 22.1% 13.8%
East Lansing 131 48,611 $33,064 51.4% 8.7%
Bridgeport 132 6,615 $34,745 18.6% 15.0%
Bay City 133 34,578 $36,179 22.2% 13.5%
Mount Clemens 134 16,345 $36,348 18.9% 16.8%
Eaton Rapids 135 5,221 $41,021 23.8% 16.6%
Houghton 136 7,897 $28,688 50.1% 8.9%
Eastwood 137 6,734 $39,770 22.7% 17.1%
Lansing 138 114,382 $35,675 28.1% 13.5%
St. Louis 139 7,347 $28,569 23.2% 12.8%
Ionia 140 11,388 $36,006 23.3% 16.6%
Hillsdale 141 8,222 $30,968 34.8% 11.0%
Melvindale 142 10,584 $33,834 23.8% 15.0%
Ironwood 143 5,237 $26,212 26.0% 12.4%
Sault Ste. Marie 144 14,121 $32,125 26.1% 13.4%
Ypsilanti 145 19,844 $32,148 31.3% 13.2%
Greenville 146 8,434 $31,122 26.6% 13.5%
Kalamazoo 147 75,190 $32,959 36.4% 12.8%
Lapeer 148 8,801 $31,893 25.1% 15.3%
Niles 149 11,479 $32,283 29.0% 13.9%
Three Rivers 150 7,765 $32,545 29.8% 14.3%
Alma 151 9,289 $33,403 31.5% 15.2%
Port Huron 152 29,534 $32,888 28.0% 17.8%
Hazel Park 153 16,532 $31,596 27.1% 16.8%
Dowagiac 154 5,822 $30,118 29.6% 15.3%
Adrian 155 21,008 $31,576 31.0% 15.8%
Escanaba 156 12,529 $26,808 29.6% 14.3%
Mount Pleasant 157 26,095 $29,107 51.1% 12.9%
Ecorse 158 9,401 $29,846 27.0% 25.4%
Inkster 159 25,056 $27,849 29.8% 20.8%
Saginaw 160 50,700 $29,049 32.8% 21.8%
Jackson 161 33,317 $27,342 33.0% 18.0%
Pontiac 162 59,658 $27,632 33.9% 21.0%
Albion 163 8,416 $25,197 36.3% 19.2%
Muskegon 164 37,822 $25,989 34.0% 22.0%
River Rouge 165 7,761 $26,661 39.3% 26.4%
Hamtramck 166 22,256 $25,183 42.2% 19.6%
Detroit 167 695,437 $26,095 36.9% 27.1%
Flint 168 100,569 $24,679 38.3% 26.3%
Buena Vista 169 6,302 $21,471 41.1% 22.0%
Big Rapids 170 10,543 $25,134 48.4% 23.4%
Beecher 171 10,230 $22,833 40.1% 31.8%
Muskegon Heights 172 10,807 $20,474 41.0% 27.0%
Benton Harbor 173 10,056 $19,359 41.2% 28.4%
Highland Park 174 10,951 $19,391 45.9% 35.0%

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