2016 Best Places to Live in Michigan

Explore the best places to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources.

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Viewing 1-25 of 100
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    Ann Arbor

    • City in Michigan
    • 224 reviews
    Niche User:I live on a college campus in Ann Arbor and the area is great. There are seemingly endless choices of things to do and places to go, and every time you walk around town you notice something new. The campus is great and the area surrounding the campus is just as beautiful and enjoyable.
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    • Town in Michigan
    • 54 reviews
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    East Grand Rapids

    • Suburb of Grand Rapids, MI
    • 15 reviews
    Niche User:Growing up in the neighboring city of East Grand Rapids, there is a very tight-knit sense of community. East is a small city of about 10,000, compared to Grand Rapids' nearly 200,000. Families tend to stay in East for a very long time. With only one middle school and one high school with small class sizes, students and families know one another and the sense of community is very strong. It is extremely pet and family friendly. The community is extremely engaged in its events, such as high school sports, art festivals, and food festivals.
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    • Suburb of Detroit, MI
    • 47 reviews
    Niche User:There is almost no crime in Birmingham. It is a very safe place to live. The police of Birmingham are never more than a mile away because of how small the city is.
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    Scio Township

    • Suburb of Detroit, MI
    • 15 reviews
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    Pittsfield Charter Township

    • Suburb of Detroit, MI
    • 58 reviews
    Niche User:There is really no crime in this area. I feel very safe here, with the only exception being my opinion that some people on the road are too impatient and want to get to places too fast.
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    Bloomfield Charter Township

    • Suburb of Detroit, MI
    • 65 reviews
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    • Town in Michigan
    • 150 reviews
    Niche User:I love Troy, Michigan. There are great shopping centers and malls around this city. Downtown Rochester and Birmingham are so close to Troy, which is wonderful. I love the Troy nature center, lovely to walk on a nice day. Troy is a very safe city which is important to me. New businesses go up all the time, lots of food options also. Overall I think Troy is one of the best suburbs in American. I would love to raise a family here one day.
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    • Town in Michigan
    • 104 reviews
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    Beverly Hills

    • Suburb of Detroit, MI
    • 9 reviews
    Niche User:Police are not even a mile away and I feel completely safe walking in my neighborhood alone. I've left the garage door open a few times over night and nothing happened to me.
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    Forest Hills

    • Suburb of Grand Rapids, MI
    • 73 reviews
    Niche User:I love this area with all my heart and if I could I would stay here forever but it all depends on where I end up for my job. I hope that someday after I have kids that I will be able to bring them back to live.
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    Ada Township

    • Suburb of Grand Rapids, MI
    • 2 reviews
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    Rochester Hills

    • Suburb of Detroit, MI
    • 68 reviews
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    • Town in Michigan
    • 24 reviews
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    • Suburb of Detroit, MI
    • 9 reviews
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    • Suburb of Detroit, MI
    • 20 reviews
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    • Suburb of Detroit, MI
    • 21 reviews
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    Farmington Hills

    • Town in Michigan
    • 106 reviews
    Niche User:I love living in Farmington Hills, MI! The people here are so friendly and education driven! I went to Farmington High School my senior year of high school and I loved it way better than my previous school. The students there seemed more education driven and actually wanted to learn. They all were really intelligent and talented students.
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    Lodi Township

    • Suburb of Detroit, MI
    • 13 reviews
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    • Suburb of Detroit, MI
    • 5 reviews
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    Cascade Charter Township

    • Suburb of Grand Rapids, MI
    • 2 reviews
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    Park Township

    • Suburb of Grand Rapids, MI
    • 44 reviews
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    • Town in Michigan
    • 133 reviews
    Niche User:I love it here. The people are great, the community is supportive. I can stay home, take a short trip to a lake, or take a long day trip to the beach!
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    • Suburb of Grand Rapids, MI
    • 15 reviews
    Niche User:Holland is a very diverse town with many people coming from all over the globe. The cost of living is fair. Houses by the lake cost more than other homes that are not.
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