The 10 Richest Cities In Michigan For 2021


We analyzed 149 places in Michigan to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in Michigan.

If you're looking for safe cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, and high-end shopping, with a bank account to match, you can stop your search. There are cities in on our richest cities in michigan that have these 5-star amenities, and then some. And, yes, they are mainly centralized around Detroit.

To create this list, we asked ourselves, what is important to rich people? Besides the obvious: high paying jobs, affluent neighborhoods, gigantic homes, and Michelin rated restaurants, the cities on our list cater to the 'one percent' on a different level: they are posh, posh. Cities on our list like Grosse Pointe Farms offer beachfront access to Lake St. Clair and cities like Beverly Hills provide upscale golf courses that rival in comparison to Beverly Hills, California.

How does one get their hand on one of these Michigan gems where living your best life requires a boat load of coinage? Well, a couple of things have to fall into place for you. You need to find a job that pays way above average. Might we suggest a job in real estate in our number one richest city? And then you have to find a home with prices in this city close to $350,000. That's a lot of MIchigan cheddar, folks

To see which cities make the dolla' holla' on our top richest cities in Michigan for 2021, grab a bowl of potato pierogies, a nice quiet spot on Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Ontario, or Lake Erie, and take a look at the list below.

Did we mention that you either have to be the owner the Detroit Lions, in possession of the original Pasty recipe, or a member of the DeVos family to live in our top richest cities in MIchigan for 2021?

In all seriousness, we narrowed down the richest cities in the Great Lakes State by looking at several factors: poverty rate, median household income, unemployment rate. The cities also had to have a population of at least 5,000.

What is the richest city in Michigan? Without further adieu, the richest in Michigan would be Huntington Woods.

To see how your city compared, or what cities made the top 10, take a look below.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Michigan:

The 10 Richest Cities In Michigan For 2021

1. East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,759
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $144,922
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on East Grand Rapids: Real Estate | Photos

2. Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,387
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $127,419
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
More on Beverly Hills: Real Estate | Photos

3. Northville

Northville, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,007
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $114,346
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Northville: Real Estate | Photos

4. Berkley

Berkley, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,372
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $86,905
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Berkley: Real Estate | Photos

5. Birmingham

Birmingham, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,201
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $122,804
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Birmingham: Real Estate | Photos

6. Novi

Novi, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 60,014
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $98,020
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Novi: Real Estate | Photos

7. Grosse Pointe Farms

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,168
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $143,711
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Grosse Pointe Farms: Real Estate | Photos

8. Grosse Pointe Woods

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,498
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $104,848
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Grosse Pointe Woods: Real Estate | Photos

9. Milan

Milan, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,107
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Income: $71,402
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Milan: Real Estate | Photos

10. Grosse Pointe

Grosse Pointe, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,206
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Income: $106,932
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Grosse Pointe: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Michigan For 2021

Map Of The Richest Places To Live 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 2015-2019 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, East Grand Rapids, crowned the "Richest City In Michigan For 2021". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 148 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Michigan For 2021

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: River Rouge
3rd Poorest: Benton Harbor

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Michigan

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 East Grand Rapids 4.67 $144,922
2 Beverly Hills 5.0 $127,419
3 Northville 6.33 $114,346
4 Berkley 8.33 $86,905
5 Birmingham 10.0 $122,804
6 Novi 13.33 $98,020
7 Grosse Pointe Farms 13.33 $143,711
8 Grosse Pointe Woods 14.0 $104,848
9 Milan 14.33 $71,402
10 Grosse Pointe 16.0 $106,932
11 Rochester Hills 16.0 $93,953
12 Huntington Woods 16.0 $136,331
13 Grosse Pointe Park 17.0 $115,341
14 Plymouth 18.33 $83,073
15 Troy 21.0 $101,882
16 Frankenmuth 22.67 $62,427
17 Royal Oak 24.67 $81,665
18 South Lyon 25.0 $73,200
19 Farmington 25.33 $76,102
20 Clawson 25.67 $67,717
21 Milford 26.33 $78,446
22 Livonia 27.33 $80,149
23 Grandville 27.67 $62,827
24 Ferndale 29.0 $71,807
25 Trenton 29.67 $67,294
26 Farmington Hills 29.67 $83,268
27 Walker 31.0 $65,170
28 Brighton 32.0 $63,136
29 St. Joseph 32.67 $62,374
30 Hudsonville 33.33 $64,189
31 New Baltimore 33.33 $77,730
32 Allen Park 35.33 $67,130
33 Rochester 35.67 $89,904
34 Saline 36.67 $78,203
35 Flushing 38.33 $62,197
36 Wixom 41.0 $53,259
37 St. Clair 42.0 $71,845
38 Tecumseh 42.0 $58,428
39 Chelsea 42.33 $83,750
40 Zeeland 43.67 $51,549
41 Grand Ledge 44.67 $59,738
42 Richmond 46.67 $57,885
43 St. Johns 49.0 $56,307
44 Sterling Heights 49.67 $64,833
45 Norton Shores 50.0 $63,805
46 Riverview 50.33 $58,246
47 Marysville 51.33 $62,438
48 Mason 51.67 $59,388
49 Swartz Creek 51.67 $52,702
50 Garden City 51.67 $56,521
51 Fraser 52.0 $59,089
52 Petoskey 52.33 $45,107
53 Kentwood 52.67 $54,197
54 Fenton 53.33 $63,036
55 St. Clair Shores 53.67 $60,805
56 Rockford 54.0 $64,920
57 Woodhaven 54.0 $64,501
58 Midland 54.0 $63,812
59 Grand Blanc 54.33 $62,673
60 Portage 55.0 $62,941
61 Holland 56.0 $57,002
62 Allegan 56.67 $45,722
63 Grand Haven 57.33 $58,307
64 Traverse City 62.0 $57,076
65 Ann Arbor 63.33 $65,745
66 Auburn Hills 63.67 $64,186
67 Madison Heights 63.67 $53,439
68 Wyoming 64.67 $54,328
69 Southgate 65.33 $57,133
70 Walled Lake 65.33 $52,313
71 Howell 65.67 $46,341
72 Flat Rock 67.67 $57,080
73 Utica 75.33 $56,033
74 Hastings 75.67 $55,747
75 Marshall 75.67 $50,969
76 Southfield 76.67 $55,705
77 Oak Park 77.33 $52,584
78 Wyandotte 77.33 $54,462
79 Eaton Rapids 77.33 $42,921
80 Westland 78.33 $50,710
81 Iron Mountain 79.0 $49,364
82 St. Louis 82.0 $41,726
83 Charlotte 82.67 $50,907
84 Coldwater 83.33 $43,200
85 Three Rivers 84.67 $43,136
86 Ludington 85.67 $45,302
87 Manistee 85.67 $44,878
88 Center Line 86.33 $45,242
89 Monroe 87.67 $46,550
90 Holly 88.67 $53,225
91 Dearborn Heights 90.0 $49,750
92 Owosso 92.33 $45,203
93 Grand Rapids 93.33 $50,103
94 Roseville 95.0 $47,648
95 Taylor 95.33 $50,053
96 Dearborn 97.33 $53,670
97 Eastpointe 97.33 $49,849
98 Menominee 98.33 $38,784
99 Wayne 98.33 $46,875
100 Warren 98.67 $49,619

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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