The 10 Best Places To Live In Michigan For 2022


We analyzed over 170 places in Michigan to determine the cream of the crop.

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Consider yourself lucky if you’ve had the opportunity to watch Robert Redfern’s version of “Pure Michigan,” and even luckier if you can call one of the best states in America home.

And rightfully so. Michiganders love their state. Michigan has a ton of amazing characteristics that are unique to the only state that borders five Great lakes.

A Michiganders best day would go something like this: fire up the ‘ol snowmobile, head to the local party store for some LaBatts, (maybe shovel their roof if they’ve had too much snow), warm up a pasty (pronounced paw-sty), and head to their deer stand. They’re the only state where opening day of deer hunting is considered a holiday.

You heard it here first, folks.

Michigan’s long summer days and awesome family friendly cities truly make this state one of the best. We also ranked Michigan as one of the Best States To Raise a Family. No surprise here. Crystal clear lakes, lush pine forests, friendly people aside, MIchigan has a lot to offer. Michigan’s strong job market and low cost of living make its beautiful cities extremely desirable. Needless to say, our job of determining the best cities to live in Michigan was quite the feat.

So, grab yourself a cold Labatts, warm yourself a pasty, and read on.

Yes, Michigan is every outdoor enthusiasts dream come true. But Michigan has so many cool cities where commute times, education, and strong economies make it difficult to resist. The trick is to finding it all.

What city is the best place to live in Michigan for 2022? Well according to the US Census and FBI data we crunched, Huntington Woods is the best place to live in Michigan if you care about home values, low crime, and a high quality of life.

Take a look at the list below. We give you a look into the top ten best places to live in Michigan where, yes, you can have it all.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Michigan For 2022

Coming in as The Mitten’s best city is Huntington Woods. Previously ranked first, Huntington Woods is also located just southeast of Detroit and the locals here would tell you that it has a lot to offer. With over 6,303 highly educated residents, the median income in The City of Homes is close to $150,114 and the median home price is $372,200.

The adventures are endless in Huntington Woods. One stop could lead you to learning about the natural world at the Cranbrook Institute of Science; and if you happen to be visiting between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, you could always pick up a snack and experience at Franklin Cider Mill.

Huntington Woods boasts a 10/10 overall SnackAbility. Come for a visit and stay for a while.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,303
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $372,200
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
More on Huntington Woods: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Huntington Woods, MI

Moving into first as the #2 best city to live in Michigan is Birmingham. Located southeast of Detroit in Oakland County with over 21,272 residents, “This Walkable Community” has the best of both worlds-activities for the family and adults alike. Birmingham has much to offer throughout the seasons between attending farmer’s markets, enjoying a winter brew at Griffin Claw, or taking the family to check out the The Robot Garage, these are just a few of the many reasons Birmingham has moved into the top spot for best city in Michigan.

Birmingham also scored a 7.5/10 on overall SnackAbility with an emphasis on jobs, safety, and education.

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,272
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $538,900
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
More on Birmingham: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Birmingham, MI

Located just East of Grand Rapids is Michigan’s 3rd best city — East Grand Rapids. While it is not the number one best city in Michigan for 2022, it has the 2nd highest household income at $141,406 making it also one of the richest places in The Great Lakes State. So, if you are an outdoor enthusiast, that nice income provides a little extra cash to experience the fun, outdoor things that East Grand rapids has to offer. Like, spending the day at Reeds Lake hiking and biking the trails or taking in one of the many yachting regattas at the Grand Rapids Yacht Club. However, if you have some time, a day trip to the Lake Michigan beaches in Grand Haven are a Pure Michigan experience.

The people in East Grand Rapids are great, but that’s not why this city is the 3rd best. East Grand Rapids earned this rank because the job opportunities are endless, it has great schools, and the crime rate here is 58% below the national average.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,855
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $395,200
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
More on East Grand Rapids: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

East Grand Rapids, MI

Where the MI-1 and Eleven Mile meet 25 minutes northeast of Detroit is the 4th best place to live in Michigan. This must be a Michigan hot spot because it has the youngest population in the state and it’s one of the best cities for singles in The Mitten. If we know anything about today’s young people and millennials, they know where to find the best deals. They have chosen Berkley because it has a manageable cost of living, affordable homes, and low crime.

Yes, the cost of living here is lower than the national average and slightly higher than the state–1.1x in fact. Homes here are the 24th lowest in the state–expect to pay $222,100 for a nice single family home. And, crime? There were only 63 recorded at the time of this report.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,352
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $222,100
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
More on Berkley: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Berkley, MI

Grosse Pointe, Michigan, is a famously wealthy suburb of Detroit – the perfect home town for professional athletes (including baseball’s Miguel Cabrera) and big-shot auto executives. It’s no surprise, then, that the affluent community rates as the number 5 top place in the state to put down roots.

Cementing its reputation as a haven for rich execs, the median income in Grosse Pointe sits at a lofty $117,222. That represent the 8th highest in Michigan. The median home value hovers at $338,100, the state’s 10th highest figure. With all that property-tax money to support them, the schools in the area are excellent. They get a ranking of 8/10 from Great Schools.

Crime in the town of 5,176 residents is well below the national average. The cost of living is a little higher than the standard for the U.S. as a whole.

Sitting on the coast of Lake St. Clair, within site of the Canadian border, Grosse Pointe provides excellent access to downtown Detroit, just 20 minutes away. The community also has its own amenities, including shopping at The Village or a stroll through Neff Park.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,176
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $338,100
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
More on Grosse Pointe: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Grosse Pointe, MI

“Beverly Hills that’s where I want to be..” This might not be the Beverly Hills that Weezer sings about, but it’s definitely one of the nicest places in Michigan; so much that it’s the 6th best place in the state for 2022.

And this is because it has some of the highest home prices in the state. Now, don’t get it twisted, we’re not saying that a place can only be one of the best if it has fancy homes; generally speaking, however, higher home prices mean higher property taxes which trickles down to better schools and nicer amenities. So, when we looked at Beverly Hills SnackAbility scores, we were not surprised to find the city scored a 9.5/10 for education and an 8.5/10 for amenities. You will be happy to know that the unemployment rate here is the 6th best in the state at 2.0% and that the median income is $129,196/year–so, it is doable.

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,378
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $394,500
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
More on Beverly Hills: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Beverly Hills, MI

Yes, Michigan is known as the “Wolverine State,” but you don’t have to worry, there are no longer any wolverines that reside here, but what is still a “thing” is the fact that Grosse Pointe Farms is one of the best places to live in the state. Matter of fact, it’s Michigan’s 7th best of the best.

To be one of the best, a city needs to protect its residents, provide an affordable cost of living for its residents, as well as provide job opportunities to keep its residents happy, healthy, and employed. And, folks, that’s just what Grosse Pointe Farms has done. The crime rate here is below the state average–there were only 88 crimes recorded at the time of this report. The unemployment rate is 3.2% and most residents make $140,647/year.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,142
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $357,100
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
More on Grosse Pointe Farms: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

On the Michigan Mitten, Grosse Pointe Park is located where the thumb meets the hand and this must be a good spot as this city is the 8th best place to live in the state. It’s also one of the oldest counties in the state, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect an affordable cost of living and a safe environment for its residents and anyone looking to move to this Detroit suburb. Currently the city holds the 6th best median home price at $370,000 and the people here make a lot of money–like a median income of $122,800/year. This salary helps to offset the slightly higher than the national average cost of living. Just know that if you choose Grosse Pointe Park as your forever home, living expenses like groceries and transportation will be slightly higher–(maybe it’s time to think about dusting off the ‘ol bike….)

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,108
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $370,000
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
More on Grosse Pointe Park: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Clawson is a suburb of Detroit about 20 miles north off of I-75. The city of 11,909 ranks as the 9th best place to live in Michigan. The city is a great suburb to live in among the list of other great suburbs in the area. It has a network of great parks that includes Clawson Park and Grant Park. The schools are solid for the area and it’s an easy commute to downtown.

In terms of the pure numbers, Clawson’s combination of population density and low crime make for an ideal place to find someone to do without having to worry about your wallet. The city ranks 11th for property crime and 12th for violent crime. Both of those marks are some of the tops in the country given how safe Michigan is as a whole.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,909
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $190,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
More on Clawson: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Clawson, MI

Royal Oak, Michigan, forms part of the extended urban sprawl radiating from Detroit. But the community is no mere suburb. It ranks as the number 10 best home town in the state.

Despite its proximity to Detroit, which has a reputation as a dangerous city, the crime rate in Royal Oak is extremely low. At the same time, the city of 59,256 people has top-notch schools, with a score of 8/10 from Great Schools.

In terms of economics, the area sports a median income of $83,194 and a median home value of $236,600. The unemployment rate hovers at 2.9%. The cost of living sits right at the national average.

With just a 20-minute drive to downtown Detroit, Royal Oak offers access to everything a major city has to offer. At the same time, it has its own selling points. Want a nice summer stroll? Head to the local Huntington Woods. Or take a walk through the Detroit Zoo, which extends into Royal Oak.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 59,256
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $236,600
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
More on Royal Oak: Real Estate | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Royal Oak, MI

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Michigan

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Lansing with a population of 117,488 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities — Populations over 5,000
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 145 cities, 257 towns, and 254 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Michigan have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

Methodology: How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Michigan

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Michigan across a number of criteria from one to 145, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Michigan”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data. You can download the data here.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Michigan? That would be Huntington Woods.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Michigan.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Huntington Woods at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Summary: The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Michigan

If you’re looking at areas in Michigan with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Huntington Woods made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Michigan for 2022.

Best Towns To Live In Michigan

  1. Pleasant Ridge (Pop. 2,562)
  2. Village of Grosse Pointe Shores (Pop. 2,933)
  3. DeWitt (Pop. 4,657)
  4. Franklin (Pop. 3,262)
  5. Frankenmuth (Pop. 4,992)
  6. Caledonia (Pop. 1,871)
  7. Spring Lake (Pop. 2,424)
  8. Lathrup Village (Pop. 4,127)
  9. Fruitport (Pop. 1,374)
  10. Bloomfield Hills (Pop. 3,984)

Best Small Towns To Live In Michigan

  1. Shoreham (Pop. 918)
  2. Eagle (Pop. 104)
  3. Barton Hills (Pop. 293)
  4. Lake Leelanau (Pop. 206)
  5. Richland (Pop. 858)
  6. Michiana (Pop. 187)
  7. Westphalia (Pop. 995)
  8. Village of Clarkston (Pop. 902)
  9. Lake Angelus (Pop. 260)
  10. Suttons Bay (Pop. 540)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Michigan according to the data:

  1. Benton Harbor (Pop. 9,806)
  2. Highland Park (Pop. 10,818)
  3. Dowagiac (Pop. 5,695)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Michigan?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Huntington Woods 6,303 1.8% $372,200
2 Birmingham 21,272 3.3% $538,900
3 East Grand Rapids 11,855 2.0% $395,200
4 Berkley 15,352 2.1% $222,100
5 Grosse Pointe 5,176 2.8% $338,100
6 Beverly Hills 10,378 2.0% $394,500
7 Grosse Pointe Farms 9,142 3.2% $357,100
8 Grosse Pointe Park 11,108 2.9% $370,000
9 Clawson 11,909 3.0% $190,000
10 Royal Oak 59,256 2.9% $236,600
11 Farmington 10,520 2.5% $221,500
12 Grosse Pointe Woods 15,409 5.5% $259,600
13 Northville 5,968 3.0% $343,900
14 Frankenmuth 5,396 3.0% $210,700
15 Plymouth 9,168 2.9% $337,300
16 Rochester Hills 74,340 3.6% $303,800
17 Rochester 13,203 5.2% $378,300
18 Milford 6,502 1.9% $283,000
19 Troy 84,051 3.6% $318,600
20 South Lyon 11,818 3.7% $207,700
21 Novi 60,439 3.9% $325,500
22 Saline 9,296 5.6% $257,800
23 Chelsea 5,378 2.1% $234,400
24 Farmington Hills 80,937 4.7% $270,000
25 St. Joseph 8,328 2.0% $205,600
26 New Baltimore 12,333 3.8% $234,100
27 Ann Arbor 121,093 3.5% $346,800
28 Livonia 93,970 4.6% $204,300
29 Zeeland 5,540 4.2% $158,400
30 Milan 6,057 4.0% $176,500
31 Grand Ledge 7,860 5.2% $147,200
32 St. Johns 7,920 2.3% $129,700
33 Petoskey 5,701 1.6% $221,900
34 Mason 8,441 3.8% $139,700
35 Trenton 18,214 3.8% $156,200
36 Flushing 7,891 3.7% $131,700
37 Ferndale 20,139 2.9% $178,400
38 Midland 41,922 4.1% $154,800
39 Walker 24,930 2.8% $201,300
40 Woodhaven 12,501 5.7% $176,600
41 Wixom 13,970 2.1% $257,200
42 St. Clair Shores 59,184 5.8% $144,500
43 Grandville 15,906 2.1% $177,300
44 Hudsonville 7,353 6.5% $160,900
45 Allen Park 27,089 3.9% $133,600
46 Riverview 12,085 3.8% $152,800
47 Tecumseh 8,361 5.1% $147,700
48 Brighton 7,649 2.1% $222,800
49 Grand Blanc 7,881 5.0% $191,400
50 Walled Lake 7,153 4.2% $150,100
51 Portage 49,224 6.3% $174,600
52 Howell 9,610 2.7% $181,600
53 Rockford 6,310 8.3% $215,400
54 Iron Mountain 7,352 5.2% $96,100
55 Grand Haven 10,991 6.3% $175,800
56 East Lansing 48,437 7.2% $194,100
57 Sterling Heights 132,296 5.0% $198,300
58 Marysville 9,695 5.6% $133,700
59 Holland 33,329 3.6% $165,400
60 Swartz Creek 5,535 3.7% $119,900
61 St. Clair 5,354 6.6% $162,500
62 Marquette 20,631 6.9% $180,100
63 Norton Shores 24,557 5.8% $151,000
64 Oak Park 29,446 6.8% $129,800
65 Southgate 29,129 4.3% $125,800
66 Fraser 14,503 5.3% $151,700
67 Madison Heights 30,000 3.4% $137,700
68 Allegan 5,017 2.4% $125,100
69 Kentwood 51,780 3.9% $169,700
70 Manistee 6,116 7.2% $116,000
71 Auburn Hills 23,984 5.3% $174,300
72 St. Louis 7,156 3.7% $81,100
73 Southfield 72,966 7.1% $164,800
74 Flat Rock 9,974 4.8% $153,300
75 Fenton 11,368 5.5% $158,000
76 Westland 81,713 4.9% $131,600
77 Ishpeming 6,433 7.2% $88,600
78 Center Line 8,212 8.1% $100,800
79 Wyoming 75,999 4.5% $135,500
80 Monroe 19,543 6.6% $131,900
81 Ludington 8,081 4.3% $133,000
82 Hillsdale 8,073 3.9% $95,900
83 Marshall 6,947 9.9% $137,200
84 Mount Pleasant 25,290 9.3% $140,900
85 Eaton Rapids 5,229 2.3% $115,100
86 Menominee 8,079 6.4% $81,700
87 Dearborn 94,328 6.6% $154,100
88 Wyandotte 24,944 4.9% $118,900
89 Charlotte 9,069 6.0% $105,000
90 Utica 5,025 6.2% $162,400
91 Hastings 7,314 7.3% $112,600
92 Alma 8,918 7.4% $85,100
93 Owosso 14,476 5.0% $91,200
94 Hazel Park 16,452 5.0% $86,100
95 Holly 6,151 7.6% $134,500
96 Ionia 11,178 6.4% $105,800
97 Grand Rapids 199,417 5.8% $156,500
98 Richmond 5,851 7.9% $187,900
99 Taylor 61,164 6.2% $109,400
100 Houghton 7,805 7.4% $171,400

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best places to live in Michigan.

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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