These Are The 10 Best Places In Michigan To Get A Job

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by Chris Kolmar
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If you’re starting to look for a job in Michigan, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think off the top of your head that Lansing would be an excellent place to find a job. And while the capital does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Michigan to find a job.

After analyzing all 36 plus places in Michigan, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the Wolverine State:

  1. Kentwood
  2. Wyoming
  3. Portage
  4. Holland
  5. Midland
  6. Walker
  7. Novi
  8. Ypsilanti
  9. Kalamazoo
  10. Troy

So listen up Detroit as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In Wolverine State

We first researched detailed data on all places in Michigan. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

This left us with 36 places in Michigan to analyze.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 36, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Michigan”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these cities moved up the career ladder.

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1. Kentwood

Kentwood, Michigan

Source: Flickr

Population: 48,877Unemployment Rate: 4.40%
Recent Job Growth: 4.94%
Future Job Growth: 45.50%

2. Wyoming

Wyoming, Michigan

Source: Flickr

Population: 72,408Unemployment Rate: 5.10%
Recent Job Growth: 4.93%
Future Job Growth: 44.80%

3. Portage

Portage, Michigan

Source: Flickr

Population: 46,425Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Recent Job Growth: 2.82%
Future Job Growth: 41.30%

4. Holland

Holland, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,307Unemployment Rate: 6.60%
Recent Job Growth: 4.51%
Future Job Growth: 42.40%

5. Midland

Midland, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,024Unemployment Rate: 4.60%
Recent Job Growth: 1.93%
Future Job Growth: 39.30%

6. Walker

Walker, Michigan

Source: Flickr

Population: 23,600Unemployment Rate: 4.80%
Recent Job Growth: 4.94%
Future Job Growth: 45.10%

7. Novi

Novi, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,319Unemployment Rate: 4.10%
Recent Job Growth: 1.05%
Future Job Growth: 38.00%

8. Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,638Unemployment Rate: 5.40%
Recent Job Growth: 1.41%
Future Job Growth: 37.40%

9. Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 74,494Unemployment Rate: 7.80%
Recent Job Growth: 2.82%
Future Job Growth: 37.80%

10. Troy

Troy, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,307Unemployment Rate: 5.60%
Recent Job Growth: 1.05%
Future Job Growth: 36.50%

Detailed List Of The Best Places In Michigan For Jobs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
Kentwood 1 48,877 4.40% 4.94% 45.50%
Wyoming 2 72,408 5.10% 4.93% 44.80%
Portage 3 46,425 4.30% 2.82% 41.30%
Holland 4 33,307 6.60% 4.51% 42.40%
Midland 5 42,024 4.60% 1.93% 39.30%
Walker 6 23,600 4.80% 4.94% 45.10%
Novi 7 55,319 4.10% 1.05% 38.00%
Ypsilanti 8 19,638 5.40% 1.41% 37.40%
Kalamazoo 9 74,494 7.80% 2.82% 37.80%
Troy 10 81,307 5.60% 1.05% 36.50%
Monroe 11 20,810 7.40% 2.45% 37.50%
Livonia 12 96,632 3.40% -0.22% 36.20%
Marquette 13 21,383 7.40% 1.58% 35.80%
Birmingham 14 20,153 6.50% 1.05% 35.60%
Ferndale 15 20,062 6.50% 1.05% 35.60%
Muskegon 16 38,061 9.00% 3.84% 38.70%
Burton 17 29,915 6.10% 0.69% 35.30%
Westland 18 83,770 4.80% -0.22% 34.80%
Adrian 19 21,170 7.50% 1.35% 35.20%
Southgate 20 29,879 5.20% -0.22% 34.40%
Lansing 21 114,537 8.40% 2.82% 37.20%
Dearborn 22 97,509 5.60% -0.22% 34.00%
Eastpointe 23 32,569 7.80% 1.05% 34.30%
Southfield 24 72,280 8.30% 1.05% 33.80%
Wyandotte 25 25,839 6.30% -0.22% 33.30%
Romulus 26 23,790 6.50% -0.22% 33.10%
Warren 27 134,550 8.90% 1.05% 33.20%
Taylor 28 62,916 6.80% -0.22% 32.80%
Jackson 29 33,661 10.40% 1.29% 32.20%
Saginaw 30 51,776 12.90% 2.52% 32.10%
Roseville 31 47,427 10.80% 1.05% 31.30%
Inkster 32 25,455 10.10% -0.23% 29.40%
Hamtramck 33 22,317 8.90% -0.22% 30.70%
Flint 34 103,263 13.90% 0.69% 27.50%
Pontiac 35 60,105 17.00% 1.05% 25.10%
Detroit 36 721,459 14.50% -0.22% 25.10%