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 the best places to live in Michigan or the poorest.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Michigan For 2018

Map Of The Richest Cities 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.

1. Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, Michigan

Population: 10,450
Median Income: $108,214
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Beverly Hills: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

2. East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Population: 11,297
Median Income: $118,393
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on East Grand Rapids: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

3. Huntington Woods

Huntington Woods, Michigan

Population: 6,330
Median Income: $121,528
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Huntington Woods: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Birmingham

Birmingham, Michigan

Population: 20,653
Median Income: $112,545
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Birmingham: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

5. Grosse Pointe Farms

Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

Population: 9,265
Median Income: $119,500
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on Grosse Pointe Farms: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

6. Plymouth

Plymouth, Michigan

Population: 8,956
Median Income: $78,254
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Plymouth: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

7. Saline

Saline, Michigan

Population: 9,082
Median Income: $66,419
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Saline: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

8. Novi

Novi, Michigan

Population: 58,233
Median Income: $86,193
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Novi: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

9. Berkley

Berkley, Michigan

Population: 15,239
Median Income: $74,172
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Berkley: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

10. Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills, Michigan

Source: Public domain

Population: 72,987
Median Income: $83,507
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Rochester Hills: Homes For Sale | Data
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:

  • 10 Worst Places To Live In Michigan
  • 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Michigan
  • 10 Most Diverse Cities In Michigan
  • 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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