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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Michigan a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes... if you know where to locate the best places to live in Michigan.
Lucky for you, we're here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Wolverine State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn't our first rodeo -- we've been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Michigan, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 83 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Wolverine State for 2021.
Leelanau County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Michigan. And you might want to avoid Oscoda County if you can -- at least according to the data.
So if you're thinking of making the move Michigan, we've got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
The Best Counties To Live In Michigan For 2021
Biggest Place: Traverse City
Biggest Place: Fenton
Biggest Place: Holland
Biggest Place: Midland
Biggest Place: Traverse City
Biggest Place: Frankfort
Median Income: $57,974 (16th best)
Median Home Price: $185,500.0 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 450.1% (18th best)
More on Benzie County: Data
Biggest Place: Mancelona
Median Income: $56,165 (20th best)
Median Home Price: $160,500.0 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 382.8% (6th best)
More on Antrim County: Data
Biggest Place: Monroe
9. Barry County
Biggest Place: Hastings
10. Oakland County
Biggest Place: Troy
How do you determine which Michigan county is the best?
To give you the best county in Michigan, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what's a "best county" and what isn't. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you'd make at a bar using facts, don't take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Michigan across each of the criteria from one to 83, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the "Best County To Live In Michigan".
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Wolverine State.
Read on to see why Leelanau County is the best county, while Oscoda County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Michigan.
There You Have It - The Best Counties In Michigan To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Michigan can vary from one part of the state to the next -- who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that's why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here's a look at the worst counties in Michigan according to the data:
- Oscoda County
- Lake County
- Montmorency County
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- Best Places To Raise A Family In Michigan