AreaVibes reveals the best places to live in Michigan for 2016 using our Livability Score. The Livability Score for each city in Michigan is calculated out of 100 from a unique algorithm based on various metrics, including: amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment, housing and weather. Michigan has a population of 9,897,264 and a population density of 100.9 people per square mile. The capital city is Lansing and the largest city in Michigan is Detroit. To filter the results, use the dropdown options to sort by population or category.