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Best Places to Live in Michigan in 2020-21

Residents of the Great Lakes State can expect mild summers, cold, snowy winters and a relatively low cost of living. From Detroit’s professional sports teams to Grand Rapids’ expansive collection of city parks, here are the best places to live in Michigan.

For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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Ann Arbor, MI

badge #1 in Best Places to Live in Michigan

Ann Arbor is a city of contrasts. It is at once rural and urban, sporty and smart, outdoorsy and high-tech, counterculture and hig… more

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 8.1 Quality of Life
  • 7.0 Value

Grand Rapids, MI

badge #2 in Best Places to Live in Michigan

Grand Rapids has an affinity for public art, and its craft brewery scene is one of the best in the nation. A scenic spot perched on t… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.6 Quality of Life
  • 8.1 Value

Kalamazoo, MI

badge #3 in Best Places to Live in Michigan

Kalamazoo is as fun and quirky as its unusual name suggests. Its theaters, museums and live music venues make the city an arts and… more

  • 6.8 Overall Score
  • 7.2 Quality of Life
  • 7.9 Value

Lansing, MI

badge #4 in Best Places to Live in Michigan

Lansing, Michigan, is a diverse metropolitan area where you can go from a college campus to a waving wheat field in 10 minutes. Resid… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 7.1 Quality of Life
  • 7.3 Value

Detroit, MI

badge #5 in Best Places to Live in Michigan

Detroit is steeped in history, culture and innovation. This Michigan metro area, which borders Canada, was settled by French explorer… more

  • 6.2 Overall Score
  • 5.9 Quality of Life
  • 7.3 Value

Flint, MI

badge #6 in Best Places to Live in Michigan

Established in 1819, Flint quickly became one of the region's primary lumbering areas. Soon afterward, the money made from lumber was… more

  • 5.8 Overall Score
  • 5.7 Quality of Life
  • 6.8 Value