Best places to live in Michigan

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March 31, 2021
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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. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

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.

#25. Larkin Charter Township

- Population: 5,368
- Median home value: $232,000 (96% own)
- Median rent: $1,078 (4% rent)
- Median household income: $120,722
- Top public schools: H.H. Dow High School (A), Jefferson Middle School (A), Woodcrest Elementary School (A)

- Pictured: 206 Chauncey St, Saint Charles ($335,000, 3 bedrooms)

#24. Rochester Hills

- Population: 74,206
- Median home value: $295,000 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,287 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $93,953
- Top public schools: Rochester Adams High School (A+), Stoney Creek High School (A), Brewster Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Lutheran High School Northwest (A-), Holy Family Regional School (unavailable), Brookfield Academy - Rochester Hills (unavailable)

- Pictured: 5760 Winkler Mill Rd, Rochester Hills ($3.8 million, 6 bedrooms)

#23. Pittsfield Charter Township

- Population: 38,567
- Median home value: $292,500 (57% own)
- Median rent: $1,138 (43% rent)
- Median household income: $79,965
- Top public schools: Pioneer High School (A+), Huron High School (A+), Community High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Washtenaw Christian Academy (B+), Northstar Montessori School (unavailable), Ann Arbor Academy (unavailable)

- Pictured: 14 Wentworth Ln, Barnstead ($339,900, 3 bedrooms)

#22. Franklin

- Population: 3,310
- Median home value: $611,900 (93% own)
- Median rent: $2,659 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $161,607
- Top public schools: Wylie E. Groves High School (A+), West Maple Elementary School (A), Berkshire Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Huda School & Montessori (unavailable)

- Pictured: 25900 Romany Way, Franklin ($1.5 million, 4 bedrooms)

#21. Grosse Pointe Woods

- Population: 15,498
- Median home value: $244,500 (90% own)
- Median rent: $1,438 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $104,848
- Top public schools: Grosse Pointe North High School (A+), Ferry Elementary School (A+), Brownell Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: University Liggett School (A+), Our Lady Star of the Sea Elementary School (unavailable), Childtime of Grosse Pointe Woods (unavailable)

- Pictured: 494 Coventry Ln, Grosse Pointe Woods ($995,000, 6 bedrooms)

#20. Farmington

- Population: 10,563
- Median home value: $210,000 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,053 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $76,102
- Top public schools: Farmington High School (A), Longacre Elementary School (A-), Gill Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Mercy High School (A)

- Pictured: 24167 Saint Mary Ct, Farmington ($309,999, 4 bedrooms)

#19. Royal Oak

- Population: 59,195
- Median home value: $224,600 (67% own)
- Median rent: $1,079 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $81,665
- Top public schools: Wylie E. Groves High School (A+), Burton Elementary School (A), Berkshire Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Shrine Catholic High School (A), Shrine Catholic School (unavailable), St. Mary Catholic School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 709 Baldwin Ave, Royal Oak ($1.2 million, 4 bedrooms)

#18. Forest Hills

- Population: 27,830
- Median home value: $347,500 (93% own)
- Median rent: $1,368 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $119,404
- Top public schools: Northern High School (A+), Central High School (A+), Thornapple Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Ada Christian School (B)

- Pictured: 8805 Edlyn Ln, Ada ($1.9 million, 6 bedrooms)

#17. Grosse Pointe

- Population: 5,206
- Median home value: $349,800 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,163 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $106,932
- Top public schools: Grosse Pointe South High School (A+), Lewis Maire Elementary School (A+), Brownell Middle School (A+)

- Pictured: 512 Washington Rd, Grosse Pointe ($945,000, 6 bedrooms)

#16. Lodi Township

- Population: 6,501
- Median home value: $360,000 (97% own)
- Median rent: $1,286 (3% rent)
- Median household income: $125,662
- Top public schools: Pioneer High School (A+), Community High School (A+), Saline High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Emerson School (A+)

- Pictured: 4775 Williamsburg on the River Rd, Saline ($1.3 million, 3 bedrooms)

#15. Berkley

- Population: 15,372
- Median home value: $199,200 (82% own)
- Median rent: $1,115 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $86,905
- Top public schools: Rogers Elementary School (A), Pattengill School (A), Berkley High School (A)

- Pictured: 1299 Wiltshire Rd, Berkley ($600,000, 4 bedrooms)

#14. Northville Township

- Population: 29,069
- Median home value: $419,600 (79% own)
- Median rent: $1,356 (21% rent)
- Median household income: $113,918
- Top public schools: Northville High School (A+), Moraine Elementary School (A+), Meads Mill Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Northville Christian School (unavailable), Metropolitan Junior Academy (unavailable), Brightmont Academy - Northville (unavailable)

- Pictured: 18585 Sheldon Rd, Northville ($5.5 million, 9 bedrooms)

#13. Grosse Pointe Farms

- Population: 9,168
- Median home value: $355,400 (93% own)
- Median rent: $1,418 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $143,711
- Top public schools: Grosse Pointe South High School (A+), Grosse Pointe North High School (A+), Brownell Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: St. Paul Catholic School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 205 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe Farms ($2.8 million, 5 bedrooms)

#12. Huntington Woods

- Population: 6,322
- Median home value: $362,900 (98% own)
- Median rent: $2,014 (2% rent)
- Median household income: $136,331
- Top public schools: Burton Elementary School (A), Berkley High School (A), Norup International School (A)

- Pictured: 25449 Sherwood Dr, Huntington Woods ($949,000, 5 bedrooms)

#11. East Grand Rapids

- Population: 11,759
- Median home value: $374,000 (94% own)
- Median rent: $1,511 (6% rent)
- Median household income: $144,922
- Top public schools: East Grand Rapids High School (A), East Grand Rapids Middle School (A), Breton Downs School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Stephen School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 675 Manhattan Rd SE, Grand Rapids ($1.9 million, 4 bedrooms)

#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+)

- Pictured: 6400 Pine Hollow Dr, East Lansing ($2.3 million, 4 bedrooms)

#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: Ernest W. Seaholm High School (A+), Wylie E. Groves High School (A+), Beverly Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: The Roeper School - Birmingham Campus (A+), Holy Name Elementary School (unavailable), Eton Academy (unavailable)

- Pictured: 220 Lake Park Dr, Birmingham ($6.2 million, 5 bedrooms)

#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+), Amerman Elementary School (A+), Moraine Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Our Lady of Victory School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 590 Dubuar St, Northville ($6.9 million, 7 bedrooms)

#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 (unavailable)

- Pictured: 47765 Bellagio Dr, Northville ($2.8 million, 5 bedrooms)

#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 (unavailable)

- Pictured: 714 Grand Marais St, Grosse Pointe Park ($6.4 million, 5 bedrooms)

#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), Clonlara School (B+)

- Pictured: 5802 Stonehedge Ct, Ann Arbor ($4.5 million, 5 bedrooms)

#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+), Beverly Elementary School (A), Berkshire Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Detroit Country Day School (A+), Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish School (unavailable), Beverly Hills Academy (unavailable)

- Pictured: 22057 Nottingham Dr, Beverly Hills ($639,900, 5 bedrooms)

#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+), Ernest W. Seaholm High School (A+), Bloomfield Hills High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Brother Rice High School (A+), Marian High School (A+), Academy of the Sacred Heart (A)

- Pictured: 2943 Rockford Ct, Lake Orion ($120,000, 2 bedrooms)

#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+), Ernest W. Seaholm High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Bethany Christian School (A-), Brookfield Academy - Troy (unavailable), Oakland Children's Academy (unavailable)

- Pictured: 2305 Charnwood Dr, Troy ($1.5 million, 5 bedrooms)

#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+), Chippewa Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Montessori Radmoor School (unavailable), St. Martha School (unavailable), Tutor Time Child Care Learning Center (unavailable)

- Pictured: 3633 Wandering Way, Okemos ($1.5 million, 5 bedrooms)

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