The 10 Richest Cities In Michigan For 2022


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

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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 2022, 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 2022?

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 2022

1. Huntington Woods

Huntington Woods, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,303
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 11)
Median Income: $150,114
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
More on Huntington Woods: Real Estate | Photos

2. East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,855
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $141,406
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on East Grand Rapids: Real Estate | Photos

3. Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,378
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $129,196
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Beverly Hills: Real Estate | Photos

4. Grosse Pointe Farms

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,142
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Income: $140,647
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Grosse Pointe Farms: Real Estate | Photos

5. Grosse Pointe

Grosse Pointe, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,176
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Income: $117,222
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on Grosse Pointe: Real Estate | Photos

6. Northville

Northville, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,968
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Income: $129,426
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Northville: Real Estate | Photos

7. Berkley

Berkley, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,352
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $93,038
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Berkley: Real Estate | Photos

8. Plymouth

Plymouth, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,168
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Income: $92,662
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Plymouth: Real Estate | Photos

9. Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,108
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Income: $122,800
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Grosse Pointe Park: Real Estate | Photos

10. Birmingham

Birmingham, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,272
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $126,601
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Birmingham: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Michigan For 2022

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 2016-2020 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, Huntington Woods, crowned the “Richest City In Michigan For 2022”. 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.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Michigan For 2022

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:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Michigan

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Huntington Woods 1.33 $150,114
2 East Grand Rapids 3.0 $141,406
3 Beverly Hills 5.0 $129,196
4 Grosse Pointe Farms 10.33 $140,647
5 Grosse Pointe 10.67 $117,222
6 Northville 11.0 $129,426
7 Berkley 11.0 $93,038
8 Plymouth 13.0 $92,662
9 Grosse Pointe Park 13.0 $122,800
10 Birmingham 15.67 $126,601
11 Rochester Hills 18.0 $99,666
12 Troy 19.33 $104,132
13 Chelsea 19.67 $66,250
14 Farmington 20.0 $78,875
15 Novi 21.0 $93,943
16 Milford 21.67 $87,848
17 Royal Oak 22.0 $83,194
18 Frankenmuth 23.0 $76,115
19 Grandville 26.67 $65,656
20 New Baltimore 27.33 $83,767
21 South Lyon 27.67 $74,300
22 Walker 29.67 $63,878
23 Grosse Pointe Woods 30.67 $111,392
24 Brighton 30.67 $60,015
25 Clawson 30.67 $71,376
26 Livonia 31.0 $82,158
27 Ferndale 33.0 $77,100
28 Farmington Hills 33.0 $85,152
29 Petoskey 33.67 $58,197
30 St. Joseph 35.0 $60,379
31 Trenton 35.0 $69,710
32 Rochester 36.67 $92,128
33 Milan 38.67 $76,333
34 St. Johns 38.67 $63,313
35 Wixom 38.67 $58,886
36 Saline 39.33 $79,007
37 Mason 39.67 $64,241
38 Allen Park 41.0 $69,331
39 Flushing 44.0 $63,750
40 Riverview 44.67 $59,841
41 Swartz Creek 45.33 $52,669
42 Hudsonville 45.67 $75,730
43 Woodhaven 46.33 $67,067
44 St. Clair 47.67 $82,674
45 Sterling Heights 49.67 $66,346
46 Midland 50.0 $63,867
47 Tecumseh 50.0 $58,289
48 Howell 50.0 $47,255
49 Holland 50.33 $58,796
50 Grand Blanc 50.33 $62,784
51 Grand Ledge 50.33 $61,095
52 Zeeland 51.33 $58,794
53 St. Clair Shores 53.33 $62,935
54 Portage 55.0 $66,571
55 Madison Heights 55.33 $54,668
56 Traverse City 56.33 $61,056
57 Southgate 57.0 $59,975
58 Norton Shores 58.33 $65,727
59 Fenton 59.33 $62,672
60 Ann Arbor 59.67 $69,456
61 Kentwood 59.67 $55,046
62 Rockford 60.33 $86,694
63 Auburn Hills 61.0 $68,780
64 Eaton Rapids 61.67 $48,232
65 Wyoming 64.33 $57,088
66 Allegan 64.67 $40,284
67 Marysville 66.67 $52,906
68 Flat Rock 67.0 $57,277
69 Walled Lake 67.67 $53,699
70 Fraser 68.67 $57,345
71 Iron Mountain 71.0 $48,086
72 Garden City 71.67 $57,011
73 Westland 73.67 $51,956
74 Wyandotte 74.0 $54,419
75 Grand Haven 75.67 $54,270
76 St. Louis 77.67 $42,050
77 Charlotte 78.0 $53,720
78 Southfield 78.33 $58,076
79 Coldwater 82.33 $40,561
80 Romulus 82.67 $61,314
81 Utica 82.67 $47,244
82 Oak Park 84.0 $54,202
83 Taylor 85.0 $52,872
84 Belding 85.67 $46,319
85 Owosso 87.33 $41,943
86 Manistee 87.67 $50,097
87 Hastings 88.33 $50,824
88 Hazel Park 88.33 $43,725
89 Marshall 88.67 $58,175
90 Monroe 90.0 $53,068
91 Grand Rapids 90.0 $51,333
92 Ludington 91.33 $39,248
93 Roseville 92.33 $49,426
94 Richmond 92.67 $54,801
95 Holly 93.0 $51,985
96 Center Line 93.33 $45,210
97 Hillsdale 93.67 $41,435
98 Ishpeming 94.33 $46,783
99 Warren 94.33 $51,796
100 Dearborn Heights 96.0 $50,987

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities 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.

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