These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Michigan

We analyzed over 168 places in Michigan to determine where it’s all rainbows and sunshine.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Michigan have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Michigan places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in East Grand Rapids, the happiest place in Michigan.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Wolverine State”:

  1. East Grand Rapids
  2. Forest Hills
  3. Huntington Woods
  4. Jenison
  5. Birmingham
  6. Byron Center
  7. Beverly Hills
  8. Temperance
  9. Shields
  10. Grosse Pointe Farms
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Wolverine State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 168 places in Michigan with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 168 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Michigan”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Michigan ranked. Our apologies to Freeland which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,999People Who Own Their Home: 90.1%
Married Adults: 68.7%

2. Forest Hills


Population: 27,072 People Who Own Their Home: 91.9%
Married Adults: 72.2%

3. Huntington Woods

Population: 6,310People Who Own Their Home: 92.9%
Married Adults: 66.0%

4. Jenison


Population: 17,271 People Who Own Their Home: 81.3%
Married Adults: 61.3%

5. Birmingham

Birmingham, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,382People Who Own Their Home: 69.1%
Married Adults: 58.4%

6. Byron Center


Population: 6,057 People Who Own Their Home: 89.5%
Married Adults: 64.6%

7. Beverly Hills

Population: 10,368People Who Own Their Home: 84.5%
Married Adults: 61.4%

8. Temperance


Population: 9,402 People Who Own Their Home: 80.0%
Married Adults: 62.5%

9. Shields


Population: 6,430 People Who Own Their Home: 76.6%
Married Adults: 52.0%

10. Grosse Pointe Farms

Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,371People Who Own Their Home: 92.0%
Married Adults: 65.3%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Michigan

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
East Grand Rapids 1 10,999 90.1% 68.7%
Forest Hills 2 27,072 91.9% 72.2%
Huntington Woods 3 6,310 92.9% 66.0%
Jenison 4 17,271 81.3% 61.3%
Birmingham 5 20,382 69.1% 58.4%
Byron Center 6 6,057 89.5% 64.6%
Beverly Hills 7 10,368 84.5% 61.4%
Temperance 8 9,402 80.0% 62.5%
Shields 9 6,430 76.6% 52.0%
Grosse Pointe Farms 10 9,371 92.0% 65.3%
Freeland 11 7,608 78.4% 52.2%
Grosse Pointe Woods 12 15,943 83.8% 59.0%
Lake Fenton 13 5,456 76.8% 62.9%
Livonia 14 95,888 80.7% 55.1%
Iron Mountain 15 7,593 64.8% 54.3%
Grosse Pointe Park 16 11,412 66.7% 58.4%
Holt 17 24,267 69.4% 56.5%
Saline 18 9,000 70.5% 47.7%
Northville 19 6,001 67.1% 57.1%
New Baltimore 20 12,144 79.2% 63.1%
Hudsonville 21 7,217 71.0% 57.7%
Rockford 22 5,876 68.1% 55.4%
Rochester Hills 23 72,195 71.6% 58.5%
Allen Park 24 27,869 81.0% 49.8%
Norton Shores 25 23,941 78.4% 53.8%
Zeeland 26 5,566 64.2% 54.1%
Troy 27 82,106 69.3% 61.4%
Berkley 28 15,136 75.9% 47.7%
Portage 29 47,137 64.4% 53.1%
Woodhaven 30 12,747 65.6% 50.0%
Novi 31 56,887 62.3% 57.0%
Okemos 32 21,827 62.4% 52.7%
Grand Ledge 33 7,779 57.9% 48.5%
Northview 34 14,954 72.7% 50.1%
Mason 35 8,266 52.5% 46.3%
Grosse Pointe 36 5,350 73.1% 55.3%
Kingsford 37 5,115 70.7% 51.3%
Trenton 38 18,635 74.9% 51.5%
Farmington Hills 39 80,682 57.8% 53.5%
Marysville 40 9,842 75.9% 53.8%
Rochester 41 12,872 58.8% 56.6%
South Lyon 42 11,514 65.7% 55.9%
Farmington 43 10,472 57.5% 54.0%
Lambertville 44 9,988 81.2% 58.7%
Grandville 45 15,613 69.0% 52.6%
Chelsea 46 5,085 56.4% 52.6%
Whitmore Lake 47 6,380 67.1% 46.8%
Midland 48 42,067 60.5% 51.0%
Milan 49 5,724 65.4% 50.6%
Walker 50 24,015 58.6% 49.1%
Waverly 51 24,470 51.9% 46.8%
Royal Oak 52 58,382 62.7% 43.8%
Haslett 53 20,061 55.4% 48.1%
Plymouth 54 9,029 54.9% 46.4%
Swartz Creek 55 5,664 66.2% 47.9%
Brighton 56 7,562 56.1% 45.9%
Milford 57 6,325 67.9% 53.9%
Marshall 58 7,054 57.2% 46.0%
Ishpeming 59 6,514 63.8% 47.4%
Riverview 60 12,347 61.6% 46.9%
South Monroe 61 6,622 64.6% 46.2%
Flat Rock 62 9,859 68.3% 50.8%
Comstock Northwest 63 5,769 46.3% 39.7%
Kentwood 64 49,736 55.8% 46.5%
Clawson 65 11,943 66.0% 44.1%
Garden City 66 27,356 76.0% 46.9%
Tecumseh 67 8,407 62.0% 51.4%
Fraser 68 14,544 66.8% 48.7%
Holland 69 33,342 59.1% 44.5%
Wyandotte 70 25,470 67.3% 45.9%
Fair Plain 71 8,043 59.2% 49.9%
Flushing 72 8,252 63.0% 53.7%
Sterling Heights 73 130,604 69.8% 53.5%
Cutlerville 74 14,533 63.2% 46.6%
Hastings 75 7,313 58.5% 47.7%
Bridgeport 76 6,615 69.5% 48.3%
Petoskey 77 5,705 42.4% 43.6%
Grand Haven 78 10,687 54.6% 55.6%
Richmond 79 5,806 63.0% 58.5%
Traverse City 80 15,006 51.9% 42.3%
Wyoming 81 73,434 61.6% 48.3%
Menominee 82 8,516 63.0% 44.0%
Southgate 83 29,710 60.5% 42.4%
Holly 84 6,142 64.9% 48.6%
Cadillac 85 10,306 51.0% 48.1%
Allegan 86 5,030 51.3% 41.2%
Monroe 87 20,455 55.5% 44.9%
Alpena 88 10,336 57.3% 44.9%
Burton 89 29,429 65.8% 46.5%
Charlotte 90 9,053 55.6% 47.7%
Ann Arbor 91 115,985 42.7% 33.2%
Sturgis 92 10,923 55.9% 47.8%
Manistee 93 6,160 45.7% 47.4%
Dearborn Heights 94 57,063 68.9% 48.5%
Ludington 95 8,061 46.5% 47.1%
Dearborn 96 96,739 61.7% 51.1%
Wixom 97 13,640 48.3% 46.9%
Coldwater 98 10,863 52.3% 41.9%
Westwood 99 9,091 53.4% 42.7%
Grand Blanc 100 8,147 53.7% 45.5%
Bay City 101 34,578 60.9% 39.9%
East Lansing 102 48,611 31.4% 16.4%
Houghton 103 7,897 36.7% 23.8%
Battle Creek 104 51,963 51.3% 41.9%
Walled Lake 105 7,065 53.8% 44.8%
Howell 106 9,543 47.4% 41.5%
Hillsdale 107 8,222 45.3% 31.8%
Ironwood 108 5,237 58.2% 42.0%
Warren 109 134,398 65.4% 44.2%
Fenton 110 11,601 54.0% 45.5%
Taylor 111 62,331 60.8% 42.5%
Madison Heights 112 30,028 57.8% 41.9%
Allendale 113 18,393 55.4% 30.7%
Lincoln Park 114 37,648 64.3% 40.5%
Marquette 115 21,430 44.7% 31.8%
Alma 116 9,289 50.0% 38.8%
Auburn Hills 117 21,639 44.0% 39.9%
Westland 118 83,188 54.3% 40.3%
Ferndale 119 20,102 53.7% 34.1%
Escanaba 120 12,529 57.1% 40.3%
Belding 121 5,764 56.8% 48.8%
Niles 122 11,479 48.9% 41.9%
Davison 123 5,085 50.5% 40.8%
Eastpointe 124 32,526 63.7% 35.2%
Owosso 125 14,922 55.2% 42.7%
Melvindale 126 10,584 52.9% 38.7%
Center Line 127 8,279 46.5% 36.2%
Grand Rapids 128 190,739 49.8% 36.8%
Springfield 129 5,231 43.7% 39.7%
Southfield 130 72,480 44.3% 38.0%
Roseville 131 47,408 59.7% 39.6%
Harper Woods 132 14,058 55.4% 33.8%
Eaton Rapids 133 5,221 50.2% 46.6%
Greenville 134 8,434 48.1% 44.5%
Mount Pleasant 135 26,095 31.1% 20.4%
Eastwood 136 6,734 49.4% 41.2%
Port Huron 137 29,534 48.6% 40.1%
Lansing 138 114,382 44.8% 35.4%
Comstock Park 139 10,407 41.5% 41.5%
Dowagiac 140 5,822 49.1% 39.9%
Wayne 141 17,314 51.2% 39.8%
Romulus 142 23,721 59.4% 39.2%
Oak Park 143 29,622 50.9% 40.7%
Adrian 144 21,008 47.4% 33.1%
Kalamazoo 145 75,190 39.4% 25.9%
Three Rivers 146 7,765 46.6% 37.4%
Albion 147 8,416 45.8% 32.3%
Saginaw 148 50,700 48.8% 28.4%
Ionia 149 11,388 50.2% 26.1%
Jackson 150 33,317 43.8% 34.0%
Muskegon 151 37,822 42.1% 29.1%
Mount Clemens 152 16,345 49.7% 32.7%
Ypsilanti 153 19,844 28.0% 19.9%
Muskegon Heights 154 10,807 40.4% 23.2%
Buena Vista 155 6,302 45.7% 27.2%
Beecher 156 10,230 49.1% 27.0%
Big Rapids 157 10,543 33.2% 18.9%
Hazel Park 158 16,532 50.9% 33.7%
Ecorse 159 9,401 44.6% 30.8%
Flint 160 100,569 42.1% 25.8%
Benton Harbor 161 10,056 27.7% 18.7%
Lapeer 162 8,801 44.1% 35.5%
Pontiac 163 59,658 37.3% 28.6%
Inkster 164 25,056 41.8% 26.5%
Hamtramck 165 22,256 36.4% 45.7%
River Rouge 166 7,761 42.0% 23.5%
Detroit 167 695,437 35.5% 23.1%
Highland Park 168 10,951 24.2% 15.1%

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