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Best Places To Live In Michigan 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score96
  • Grosse Pointe Park, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,276
  • While the name "Grosse Pointe Park" may not inspire confidence, this city is one of the best Michigan has to offer. Ranked as one of the top 500 cities in America and the 12th best in the state, it's…[read more]
96
  • East Grand Rapids, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,297
  • East Grand Rapids, Michigan is really an up-and-coming part of the United States. I love living in East Grand Rapids because of the great culture that the city holds. It has all the options and style of…[read more]
96
  • Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,785
  • Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan is a north/northweset suburb of Detroit. It is a safe and harmonious community that is geared towards the upper middle-class with the higher priced homes and prominent…[read more]
95
  • Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,265
  • We moved here a year ago from Northern California and love it! Why? 1) It's beautiful. It's like "The Truman Show" - a ton of Tree-lined trees. Everyone takes really good care of their historic homes…[read more]
95
  • Berkley, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,239
  • Berkley, MI is well-known for its rich musical history. We have the Motown Historical Museum to share it with everyone. As a suburb of Detroit, people often get the wrong idea about our beautiful little…[read more]
94
  • Troy, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 82,982
  • Schools, recreation, shopping, dining, city services, neighborhoods, parks...it’s all in Troy with access to expressways for easy drives to Detroit for sports, night life, culture, and Canada as well as…[read more]
94
  • Novi, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 58,233
  • I truly love Novi! I've lived in Michigan for most of my life but moved to Novi in 2008. I live in a cul-de-sac community that is beautiful and the neighborhood is a bonded family. Living in a city…[read more]
93
  • Rochester, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,969
  • I've been living in Rochester for 4 years and have enjoyed the excitement in this college Community that has lots of nightlife and various activities to enjoy in a small town laid-back atmosphere.…[read more]
93
  • Plymouth, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,956
  • Darling little town in W Wayne County. Streets need improvement, but cute place. Lots of nice shoppes. Cantoro's on the outskirts is a wonderful market. Many great homes. Expensive. …[read more]
93
  • Huntington Woods, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,330
93
  • Grosse Pointe, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,256
93
  • Farmington, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,526
  • Farmington, MI is a place like I always dreamed of finding when I was young and planning my future home. I wanted to live in a place where the people were friendly and genuinely caring, where everyone…[read more]
92
  • Northville, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,986
92
  • Clawson, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,008
  • I love living here, Clawson, Michigan is a large city with strong community framework and phenomenal amenities. The cost of living is affordable with home cost averaging to $177,400. Airline and bus…[read more]
91
  • Milford, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,434
91
  • Beverly Hills, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,450
  • I have lived in Beverly Hills, Michigan for the last 25 years and truly feel this is one of the best places on the planet to call home. This community is rich in wonderful people who have a clear…[read more]
91
  • Forest Hills, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,667
  • Forest Hills, Michigan is situated along the Grand River and just minutes away from the bustling new economy of Grand Rapids. I've lived in Forest Hills for several years now and can say that it is one…[read more]
90
  • Livonia, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 94,849
  • Metro Detroit offers many great suburbs for business professionals relocating to Michigan. I have lived in Michigan for 21 years, and have enjoyed visiting the various suburbs of Michigan. Overall, they…[read more]
90
  • Marysville, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,775
90
  • Okemos, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,493
  • Okemos, Michigan is located just outside of Michigan's capital city- Lansing. It is a relatively upper middle-class town and a very safe and cost effective option as opposed to living directly in…[read more]
90
  • New Baltimore, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,266
  • I encountered great times while living in New Baltimore Michigan. The city is situated on the coast and is a part of Macomb County. New Baltimore is close to the Detroit Metropolitan area. The town sits…[read more]
89
  • Farmington Hills, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 81,154
  • In Michigan, when you hear someone say he or she lives in Farmington Hills then one automatically assumes that person is rich, affluent, or important in some way. Farmington Hills is a very affluent and…[read more]
89
  • South Lyon, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,672
  • Living in South Lyon is far different from most other places in the state, evidenced by its ranking as the 20th best city to live in for all of Michigan. Median household income is extremely high with a…[read more]
89
  • Allen Park, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,519
  • Allen Park, MI is an excellent choice of suburbs in the downriver area of Detroit. It is home to an excellent public school system and touts itself as one of the safest places in the downriver area.…[read more]
89
  • Rockford, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,044
88
  • Rochester Hills, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 72,987
  • Rochester Hills is like the Northern vibe of Oakland county. Its a fine place for Families and wealthy people. I wouldn't recommend it for the poor and the disabled people who dont have transportation.…[read more]
88
  • Portage, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 47,854
  • Good schools, sports programs are really good in the area. Portage has all the shopping you could want, my only low score was a 5/10 on nightlife, because Portage itself really shuts down around 11-12 at…[read more]
88
  • Iron Mountain, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,535
88
  • Trenton, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,426
  • Trenton has a lot of enjoyable attractions that will appeal to travelers of any age. If you're planning a vacation to the area soon, here are a few worthwhile suggestions. Elizabeth Park is one of the…[read more]
88
  • Walled Lake, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,102
88
  • Fraser, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,620
  • I have lived in Fraser for the past few years and I absolutely love it here. Crime rates and the cost of living is low which is a big plus for me and I know it will be for your to. These are important…[read more]
88
  • Birmingham, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,653
  • Birmingham, Michigan is a well-developed suburb to the northwest of Detroit. The city is commerce-driven with a booming downtown/shopping district. The city is kept safe by a fair and competent police…[read more]
87
  • Wyandotte, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,225
  • I have lived in Wyandotte, Michigan for almost my entire life and I can honestly say this place just keeps getting better and better! The weather is never too extreme no matter the season, and the people…[read more]
87
  • Flushing, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,129
87
  • Fenton, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,471
  • I experienced pleasant moments while living in Fenton Michigan. A majority of the city is located in Genesee County. Fenton is close to Rochester Michigan. The city has average scholastic academics and…[read more]
87
  • Lake Fenton, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,386
87
  • Saline, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,082
  • Saline is far enough from Ann Arbor that it is OK to have traditional family values, but close enough to have the nicer entertainment, hospitals, diverse shopping, and dining options to keep life…[read more]
87
  • Haslett, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,951
  • Haslett, Michigan is located to the east of the state's capital city of Lansing. Haslett is an excellent community with an outstanding public school system and an ideal police force that keeps the town…[read more]
87
  • Brighton, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,550
  • I've lived here for 2.5 years. My wife is from here. It is an excellent place to raise a family. Town is just big enough---not too big, expensive, or congested like Ann Arbor----and not so small it…[read more]
86
  • Grand Haven, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,853
  • Resort vibe. Expensive real estate. Lots of churches. Dead in winter, touristy in summer. Conservative community. Safe place to live. Many lovely homes. Limited shopping and entertainment…[read more]
86
  • St. Joseph, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,307
86
  • Petoskey, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,731
  • We've been coming up here for over 2 decades now, and have cherished memories. Petoskey is an excellent tourist location, while at the same time is a central hub to several prominent surrounding cities…[read more]
86
  • Kingsford, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,086
86
  • Grand Blanc, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,039
86
  • Royal Oak, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 58,823
  • Two suggestions: 1. There needs to be lighting at the kiosks to pay for parking in Royal Oak. Too dark so see what to do. 2. Don't understand why you can't prepay at the parking machines in the…[read more]
86
  • Lambertville, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,528
85
  • Hudsonville, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,278
85
  • Holland, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,581
  • PERFECT SMALL TOWN WITH SOME BIG CITY PERKS! LOVE THIS PLACE FROM THE STATE PARK TO THE NICE DRIVES ALONG THE COAST AND THROUGH TOWN CHECK OUT THE PARKS LIKE DUNTON PARK AND KOLLENS PARK, GO RAFTING…[read more]
85
  • Walker, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,458
  • The city of Walker, Michigan is a suburb of the Grand Rapids area. The city itself blends into Grand Rapids well so you often don't feel like you're in a different city. There are plenty of housing…[read more]
85
  • Ferndale, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,167
  • Ferndale, Michigan is one of Detroit's north/northwest suburbs. It is a city built more for the younger crowd, and is very culturally accepting. It is popular with the LGBT community for having a very…[read more]

Michigan: The Wolverine State

Michigan is one of the fastest growing states in the country. Many people are moving to the state because of the booming economy and the affordable housing. Although many parts of the state were hit hard in the last recession, there is an economic jobs boom coming back to the area. There are many reasons why people call this great state home. If you are moving to the area, there are several things to keep in mind. This is a state that is home to a lot of jobs in certain industries. The cost of living really changes depending on what part of the state that you are interested in.

Like many areas of the country, Michigan has gone through a lot of changes recently. There are many people who are excited about those changes, and they are ready to start investing in the state again. With the growth of the economy, more people have moved to the state which has increased the cost of housing. Although there are still some cities that are struggling to stay above water, many cities are booming with new jobs that pay well. The closer you get to Detroit, the less expensive housing gets. After Ford moved out of the city, it has been a tough battle to get things going again. Not only that, but many people would prefer to live in other parts of the state.

One of the things that Michigan is known for is education. There are many quality universities in the state, and a lot of people are excited about the future of the state educational system. The state likes to invest a lot of money into teachers so that the best and brightest stay within the state. Not only that, but the test scores in Michigan are some of the highest in the country. The more expensive the area you live in, the better the schools are as a general rule. Over time, Michigan is planning to try and make sure that other people who move have access to great educational opportunities.

If you are planning on moving to Michigan, you need to have a plan to find the best places to live. With an abundance of great cities and neighborhoods, finding the perfect spot to settle down in Michigan isn't easy. AreaVibes will give you a head start as these cities are our picks for the best places to live in Michigan. To further customize your list of the best places to live in Michigan, you can also specify your search radius, population size, home/rent budget and what metrics (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment, housing, weather) are most important to you. AreaVibes has all of the information that you need to make the best decision possible.