Best places to live in Michigan

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Best places to live in Michigan

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Michigan using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Haslett
- Population: 19,565
- Median home value: $198,400 (61% own)
- Median rent: $871 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $69,601
- Top public schools: Okemos High School (A+), Okemos Public Montessori School at Central (A+), Chippewa Middle School (A+)

#9. Birmingham
- Population: 21,201
- Median home value: $541,500 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,513 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $122,804
- Top public schools: Wylie E. Groves High School (A+), Ernest W. Seaholm High School (A+), Harlan Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: The Roeper School - Birmingham Campus (A+), Holy Name Elementary School, Eton Academy

#8. Northville
- Population: 6,007
- Median home value: $331,400 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,101 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $114,346
- Top public schools: Northville High School (A+), Meads Mill Middle School (A+), Amerman Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Our Lady of Victory School

#7. Novi
- Population: 60,014
- Median home value: $322,100 (67% own)
- Median rent: $1,347 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $98,020
- Top public schools: International Academy (A+), Novi High School (A+), Northville High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Detroit Catholic Central High School (A+), Novi Christian Academy (A), Novi Northville Montessori Center

#6. Grosse Pointe Park
- Population: 11,153
- Median home value: $358,400 (73% own)
- Median rent: $1,110 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $115,341
- Top public schools: Grosse Pointe South High School (A+), Lewis Maire Elementary School (A), George Defer Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Clare of Montefalco School

#5. Ann Arbor
- Population: 120,735
- Median home value: $323,400 (45% own)
- Median rent: $1,237 (55% rent)
- Median household income: $65,745
- Top public schools: Pioneer High School (A+), Huron High School (A+), Skyline High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Greenhills School (A+), Michigan Islamic Academy (A), Summers-Knoll School (A+)

#4. Beverly Hills
- Population: 10,387
- Median home value: $387,400 (91% own)
- Median rent: $1,238 (9% rent)
- Median household income: $127,419
- Top public schools: Wylie E. Groves High School (A+), Birmingham Covington School (A), Berkshire Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Detroit Country Day School (A+), Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish School, Beverly Hills Academy

#3. Bloomfield Charter Township
- Population: 42,054
- Median home value: $427,700 (90% own)
- Median rent: $1,388 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $132,929
- Top public schools: International Academy (A+), Wylie E. Groves High School (A+), Bloomfield Hills High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Brother Rice High School (A+), Academy of the Sacred Heart (A+), Marian High School (A)

#2. Troy
- Population: 83,989
- Median home value: $301,500 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,215 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $101,882
- Top public schools: International Academy (A+), Troy High School (A+), Bemis Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Bethany Christian School (A-), Brookfield Academy - Troy, Oakland Children's Academy

#1. Okemos
- Population: 24,141
- Median home value: $243,200 (61% own)
- Median rent: $989 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $78,600
- Top public schools: Okemos High School (A+), Okemos Public Montessori School at Central (A+), Hiawatha Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Montessori Radmoor School, St. Martha School, Tutor Time Child Care Learning Center

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Best places to live in Michigan

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Michigan using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Haslett
- Population: 19,565
- Median home value: $198,400 (61% own)
- Median rent: $871 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $69,601
- Top public schools: Okemos High School (A+), Okemos Public Montessori School at Central (A+), Chippewa Middle School (A+)

#9. Birmingham
- Population: 21,201
- Median home value: $541,500 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,513 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $122,804
- Top public schools: Wylie E. Groves High School (A+), Ernest W. Seaholm High School (A+), Harlan Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: The Roeper School - Birmingham Campus (A+), Holy Name Elementary School, Eton Academy

#8. Northville
- Population: 6,007
- Median home value: $331,400 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,101 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $114,346
- Top public schools: Northville High School (A+), Meads Mill Middle School (A+), Amerman Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Our Lady of Victory School

#7. Novi
- Population: 60,014
- Median home value: $322,100 (67% own)
- Median rent: $1,347 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $98,020
- Top public schools: International Academy (A+), Novi High School (A+), Northville High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Detroit Catholic Central High School (A+), Novi Christian Academy (A), Novi Northville Montessori Center

#6. Grosse Pointe Park
- Population: 11,153
- Median home value: $358,400 (73% own)
- Median rent: $1,110 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $115,341
- Top public schools: Grosse Pointe South High School (A+), Lewis Maire Elementary School (A), George Defer Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Clare of Montefalco School

#5. Ann Arbor
- Population: 120,735
- Median home value: $323,400 (45% own)
- Median rent: $1,237 (55% rent)
- Median household income: $65,745
- Top public schools: Pioneer High School (A+), Huron High School (A+), Skyline High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Greenhills School (A+), Michigan Islamic Academy (A), Summers-Knoll School (A+)

#4. Beverly Hills
- Population: 10,387
- Median home value: $387,400 (91% own)
- Median rent: $1,238 (9% rent)
- Median household income: $127,419
- Top public schools: Wylie E. Groves High School (A+), Birmingham Covington School (A), Berkshire Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Detroit Country Day School (A+), Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish School, Beverly Hills Academy

#3. Bloomfield Charter Township
- Population: 42,054
- Median home value: $427,700 (90% own)
- Median rent: $1,388 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $132,929
- Top public schools: International Academy (A+), Wylie E. Groves High School (A+), Bloomfield Hills High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Brother Rice High School (A+), Academy of the Sacred Heart (A+), Marian High School (A)

#2. Troy
- Population: 83,989
- Median home value: $301,500 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,215 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $101,882
- Top public schools: International Academy (A+), Troy High School (A+), Bemis Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Bethany Christian School (A-), Brookfield Academy - Troy, Oakland Children's Academy

#1. Okemos
- Population: 24,141
- Median home value: $243,200 (61% own)
- Median rent: $989 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $78,600
- Top public schools: Okemos High School (A+), Okemos Public Montessori School at Central (A+), Hiawatha Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Montessori Radmoor School, St. Martha School, Tutor Time Child Care Learning Center

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