Best Places to Live in Michigan

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What you need to know about Michigan

More than half of Michigan is covered by forests making the state fertile ground for hunting and nature enthusiasts. The state’s craft beer scene also draws tourists, while its charming cities lure many new residents. The best places to live in Michigan include Traverse City, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. Automakers Ford and GM lead the top employers in Michigan, but the state is home to thriving industries like aerospace and military equipment manufacturing, copper and ore mining, tourism and Christmas tree farming. 

Best Places to Live in Michigan
Attractive communities include Ann Arbor, Marquette, Rochester Hills

Population

9,889,024
Down by 2%
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Housing

Homes Owned 72%
72% Complete
Homes Rented 28%
28% Complete

Median Home Price

$120,200
Higher than the national average
Why Ann Arbor, MI is a Best Place to Live
Ann Arbor's award-winning schools, amenities and attention to residents' needs make the city a great place to live.

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Ann Arbor provides plenty to do for new residents, regardless of age or interest

the armed sloop "Welcome" from Traverse City. A replica of a 1745 Great Lakes British ship, she is owned and maintained by the Maritime Heritage Alliance
Why Traverse City, MI, Is a Best Small Town
Residents enjoy varied economy, good education, a top hospital

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Median Household Income

$49,087
Lower than the national average

Education

Bachelor’s Degree 26%
26% Complete
Graduated High School 89%
89% Complete

Residents

Most residents are
5-17 Years old

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Why Traverse City, MI, Is a Best Small Town
Residents enjoy varied economy, good education, a top hospital

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Best Places to Live in Michigan