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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  1. Ann Arbor, MI
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    Ann Arbor, MI

    #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... Read More
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    7.2
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    8.1
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    7
    Overall Score
    7.2
    Quality of Life
    8.1
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    7
  2. Grand Rapids, MI
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    Grand Rapids, MI

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
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    7.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.6
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    8.1
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    8.1
  3. Kalamazoo, MI
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    Kalamazoo, MI

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
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    6.8
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.2
    Value
    Value
    7.9
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    7.2
    Value
    7.9
  4. Lansing, MI
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    Lansing, MI

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.1
    Value
    Value
    7.3
    Overall Score
    6.7
    Quality of Life
    7.1
    Value
    7.3
  5. Detroit, MI
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    Detroit, MI

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.2
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    5.9
    Value
    Value
    7.3
    Overall Score
    6.2
    Quality of Life
    5.9
    Value
    7.3
  6. Flint, MI
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    Flint, MI

    #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... Read More
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    5.8
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    5.7
    Value
    Value
    6.8
    Overall Score
    5.8
    Quality of Life
    5.7
    Value
    6.8