The 10 Best Places To Retire In Michigan For 2022


We analyzed over 86 places in Michigan to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best places to retire in Michigan.

Michigan is famous for many reasons: it is one of the snowiest states in America, it borders four of The Great Lakes, and it has some of the best places to retire.

Whether you're a fan of long summer nights, long winters, long naps, or you're just 'Smitten with The Mitten,' Michigan has an ideal place for every retiree. Needless to say, it was very difficult to narrow down the top ten best places to retire in Michigan for 2022.

But, HomeSnacks did it. How'd we determine the best places to retire in Michigan? Well, we know that when people are searching for the best places to retire, they are also looking for things like convenience, affordable healthcare, and an economy that protects their bottom line. So, to identify Michigan's top ten, we consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 84 cities. We looked at important factors like cost of living, crime, amenities, rent and distance to closest national airport for every place with over 10,000 residents. Incidentally, this is our ninth time ranking the best places to retire in The Great Lakes State, so believe us when we say that these are the best of the best.

We discovered that people in this demographic are starting to move to bigger cities so that they have better access to public transportation, healthcare options, and programs designed especially for them. This trend is happening in Michigan, and this is why we find most of the state's best places to retire centered around Detroit. But, there are other areas in this flyover state that are just great. So definitely give places like Marquette and Midland a second look.

So, where are the best places to retire in Michigan? Keep reading.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Michigan For 2022

  1. New Baltimore
  2. Midland
  3. Clawson
  4. Rochester
  5. Trenton
  6. Fraser
  7. Port Huron
  8. South Lyon
  9. Grand Haven
  10. Birmingham

Why did New Baltimore take the top spot? And where are Detroit and Grand Rapids?

When you choose to live in one of Michigan's best places to retire, you are choosing to live where your dollar will go the furthest, where your safety is a priority, and where you will have the most fun.

So, where is the best place to retire in Michigan? According to the latest data, New Baltimore is the best place to retire in MIchigan for 2022.

To see how your favorite places in Michigan compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

For more Michigan state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Michigan For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,333
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $799
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
More on New Baltimore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Baltimore, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 41,922
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $818
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Midland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Midland, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,909
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $931
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Clawson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clawson, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,203
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,083
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Rochester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rochester, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,214
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Rent: $805
Distance to Closest Airport: 37 miles
More on Trenton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Trenton, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 14,503
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $736
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
More on Fraser: Real Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 28,918
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $805
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
More on Port Huron: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Port Huron, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,818
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,068
Distance to Closest Airport: 20 miles
More on South Lyon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Lyon, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 10,991
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $757
Distance to Closest Airport: 37 miles
More on Grand Haven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grand Haven, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,272
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,668
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
More on Birmingham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Birmingham, MI

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Wolverine State for 2022

To create our list of the best places in Michigan to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Wolverine State -- 692 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 84 places from across the state.

For these 84, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 84, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case New Baltimore, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Summary: Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Michigan Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Michigan goes to New Baltimore.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Muskegon Heights
  2. Inkster
  3. Portage

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Michigan?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 New Baltimore 12,333 $799
2 Midland 41,922 $818
3 Clawson 11,909 $931
4 Rochester 13,203 $1,083
5 Trenton 18,214 $805
6 Fraser 14,503 $736
7 Port Huron 28,918 $805
8 South Lyon 11,818 $1,068
9 Grand Haven 10,991 $757
10 Birmingham 21,272 $1,668

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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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