These Are The 10 Cities In Michigan With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Michigan with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Michigan for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Wolverine State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Birmingham(Jobs)
  2. New Baltimore(Jobs)
  3. Grandville(Jobs)
  4. East Grand Rapids(Jobs)
  5. Beverly Hills(Jobs)
  6. Novi(Jobs)
  7. Royal Oak(Jobs)
  8. Farmington Hills(Jobs)
  9. Wixom(Jobs)
  10. South Lyon(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Birmingham takes the cake as the place in Michigan with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Michigan that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Michigan job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Michigan With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Michigan’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 93 places in Michigan.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 93 with one being the “most employed city in Michigan”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Birmingham

Birmingham, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,382
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Birmingham comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 3.7 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. New Baltimore

New Baltimore, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,144
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but New Baltimore doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Grandville

Grandville, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,613
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Grandville, earning the bronze medal with a score of 4.3 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,999
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Following right behind in the number four slot is East Grand Rapids. With a population of 10999 residents, East Grand Rapids is a solid place to move in Michigan if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,368
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Beverly Hills. Numbering around 10368 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 4.6%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Novi

Novi, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,887
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
The city of Novi is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Royal Oak

Royal Oak, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,382
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Royal Oak. With a unemployment rate of 5.1 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Farmington Hills

Farmington Hills, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,682
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Coming in at #8, Farmington Hills has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Michigan’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Wixom

Wixom, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,640
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Wixom, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. South Lyon

South Lyon, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,514
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of South Lyon, Michigan. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 93.

South Lyon’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Michigan

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Michigan with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Highland Park
  2. Detroit
  3. Muskegon Heights

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Michigan

City Rank Unemployment
Birmingham 1 3.7%
New Baltimore 2 4.0%
Grandville 3 4.3%
East Grand Rapids 4 4.3%
Beverly Hills 5 4.6%
Novi 6 4.8%
Royal Oak 7 5.1%
Farmington Hills 8 5.1%
Wixom 9 5.2%
South Lyon 10 5.4%
Grosse Pointe Park 11 5.4%
Rochester Hills 12 5.6%
Grosse Pointe Woods 13 5.7%
Trenton 14 5.7%
Rochester 15 5.7%
Farmington 16 5.8%
Walker 17 5.9%
Clawson 18 6.1%
Berkley 19 6.1%
Troy 20 6.2%
Livonia 21 6.3%
Traverse City 22 6.4%
Ann Arbor 23 6.5%
Portage 24 6.6%
Holland 25 6.7%
Riverview 26 7.1%
Wyoming 27 7.2%
Kentwood 28 7.2%
Allen Park 29 7.7%
Midland 30 8.1%
Sterling Heights 31 8.1%
Woodhaven 32 8.4%
Fraser 33 8.5%
Norton Shores 34 8.6%
Coldwater 35 8.8%
Marquette 36 8.9%
Auburn Hills 37 8.9%
St. Clair Shores 38 8.9%
Garden City 39 9.0%
Fenton 40 9.1%
Southgate 41 9.2%
Westland 42 9.2%
Alpena 43 9.2%
Monroe 44 9.2%
Ferndale 45 9.3%
Cadillac 46 9.3%
East Lansing 47 9.6%
Madison Heights 48 9.8%
Dearborn 49 9.9%
Wayne 50 10.1%
Grand Haven 51 10.2%
Wyandotte 52 10.3%
Grand Rapids 53 10.4%
Sturgis 54 10.5%
Roseville 55 11.1%
Escanaba 56 11.1%
Dearborn Heights 57 11.4%
Southfield 58 11.4%
Kalamazoo 59 11.5%
Melvindale 60 11.6%
Lansing 61 11.7%
Sault Ste. Marie 62 11.7%
Warren 63 11.8%
Lincoln Park 64 12.0%
Niles 65 12.0%
Owosso 66 12.0%
Battle Creek 67 12.1%
Harper Woods 68 12.2%
Oak Park 69 12.3%
Hazel Park 70 12.3%
Mount Pleasant 71 12.4%
Ypsilanti 72 12.4%
Bay City 73 12.4%
Adrian 74 13.5%
Burton 75 13.5%
Eastpointe 76 13.8%
Taylor 77 14.4%
Mount Clemens 78 14.6%
Port Huron 79 14.7%
Romulus 80 15.3%
Jackson 81 15.6%
Inkster 82 16.8%
Big Rapids 83 17.1%
Hamtramck 84 17.4%
Muskegon 85 18.3%
Pontiac 86 18.9%
Ionia 87 20.3%
Saginaw 88 21.1%
Benton Harbor 89 23.9%
Flint 90 23.9%
Muskegon Heights 91 24.5%
Detroit 92 24.9%
Highland Park 93 32.0%
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