These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Michigan

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Michigan. And here they are:

  1. Huntington Woods
  2. Birmingham
  3. East Grand Rapids
  4. Beverly Hills
  5. Grosse Pointe Park
  6. Saline
  7. Novi
  8. Rochester
  9. New Baltimore
  10. Grosse Pointe Farms

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Michigan

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Huntington Woods

Huntington Woods, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,310Median Income: $113,750
Poverty Level: 2.4%
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

2. Birmingham

Birmingham, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,382Median Income: $107,161
Poverty Level: 3.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

3. East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,999Median Income: $107,824
Poverty Level: 2.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

4. Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,368Median Income: $103,011
Poverty Level: 3.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%

5. Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,412Median Income: $97,083
Poverty Level: 5.2%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

6. Saline

Saline, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,000Median Income: $67,180
Poverty Level: 2.9%
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%

7. Novi

Novi, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,887Median Income: $80,299
Poverty Level: 6.1%
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%

8. Rochester

Rochester, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,872Median Income: $76,133
Poverty Level: 6.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%

9. New Baltimore

New Baltimore, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,144Median Income: $80,762
Poverty Level: 7.6%
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%

10. Grosse Pointe Farms

Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,371Median Income: $113,969
Poverty Level: 4.5%
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Huntington Woods and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Michigan

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Huntington Woods $113,750 2.4% 3.3%
2 Birmingham $107,161 3.0% 4.3%
3 East Grand Rapids $107,824 2.3% 5.2%
4 Beverly Hills $103,011 3.3% 6.1%
5 Grosse Pointe Park $97,083 5.2% 5.7%
6 Saline $67,180 2.9% 5.3%
7 Novi $80,299 6.1% 6.0%
8 Rochester $76,133 6.3% 6.0%
9 New Baltimore $80,762 7.6% 5.5%
10 Grosse Pointe Farms $113,969 4.5% 8.0%
11 Grosse Pointe Woods $89,513 4.1% 7.8%
12 Brighton $60,346 7.3% 4.9%
13 Rochester Hills $80,806 6.2% 7.2%
14 Plymouth $67,350 6.4% 6.2%
15 Farmington Hills $71,061 7.6% 5.9%
16 Troy $84,325 6.5% 7.4%
17 Royal Oak $64,873 7.7% 5.8%
18 Livonia $69,386 5.6% 7.6%
19 Northville $91,270 5.1% 9.1%
20 Farmington $58,908 6.1% 7.3%
21 Berkley $70,625 7.3% 7.3%
22 Chelsea $57,163 8.7% 5.7%
23 Grosse Pointe $100,688 3.9% 10.3%
24 Milan $64,000 6.9% 7.9%
25 Mason $52,365 8.3% 5.2%
26 South Lyon $55,889 7.4% 7.0%
27 Grand Ledge $53,654 6.7% 7.0%
28 Woodhaven $58,609 8.9% 7.5%
29 Grandville $53,490 9.2% 6.3%
30 St. Joseph $52,772 9.2% 6.9%
31 Allen Park $60,655 6.5% 10.0%
32 Rockford $48,641 11.0% 4.9%
33 Milford $69,472 7.9% 10.6%
34 Hudsonville $53,899 9.6% 8.5%
35 Portage $55,050 10.9% 8.2%
36 Clawson $54,021 8.4% 9.6%
37 Tecumseh $48,381 8.9% 7.6%
38 Walker $49,587 11.8% 6.9%
39 Trenton $53,257 8.9% 9.6%
40 Marysville $53,786 10.4% 9.1%
41 Sterling Heights $58,800 12.1% 10.2%
42 Wixom $47,353 13.8% 6.9%
43 Kentwood $49,201 11.8% 8.4%
44 St. Clair Shores $53,252 10.2% 10.2%
45 Fraser $51,230 8.2% 10.7%
46 Marshall $43,809 10.5% 7.7%
47 Riverview $49,583 10.4% 9.5%
48 Iron Mountain $39,415 13.3% 5.2%
49 Auburn Hills $52,949 12.7% 9.9%
50 Midland $50,433 15.6% 7.7%
51 Garden City $51,461 9.6% 11.4%
52 Southgate $48,924 10.5% 9.9%
53 Norton Shores $50,266 10.4% 10.7%
54 Howell $43,482 16.4% 6.9%
55 Ann Arbor $56,835 26.9% 7.1%
56 Holly $56,899 11.2% 12.7%
57 Wyandotte $51,074 11.4% 10.9%
58 Traverse City $47,836 16.4% 8.0%
59 Richmond $47,331 13.4% 9.4%
60 Flat Rock $55,038 12.3% 12.5%
61 St. Clair $50,980 14.0% 10.5%
62 Ferndale $50,590 14.6% 10.5%
63 Wyoming $46,672 14.9% 9.4%
64 Grand Haven $44,235 8.4% 12.0%
65 Petoskey $40,161 13.2% 8.4%
66 Kingsford $40,000 12.8% 8.6%
67 Allegan $41,368 15.5% 8.4%
68 Walled Lake $46,098 13.3% 10.5%
69 Holland $44,619 18.7% 8.6%
70 Zeeland $40,561 12.6% 10.2%
71 Swartz Creek $49,181 12.9% 12.6%
72 Harper Woods $48,111 12.1% 12.8%
73 Fenton $42,153 14.5% 10.1%
74 St. Johns $40,331 15.1% 9.0%
75 Flushing $51,118 15.1% 12.8%
76 Monroe $45,037 18.8% 9.8%
77 Ishpeming $33,864 22.2% 5.4%
78 Charlotte $43,163 14.3% 11.5%
79 Westland $43,903 15.1% 11.5%
80 Southfield $49,548 15.2% 13.5%
81 Grand Blanc $47,373 18.3% 12.5%
82 Oak Park $47,292 15.6% 14.2%
83 Dearborn Heights $44,440 17.2% 13.2%
84 Hastings $43,403 19.4% 12.5%
85 Dearborn $46,776 26.5% 11.7%
86 Warren $43,500 18.5% 13.2%
87 Roseville $40,646 15.9% 13.3%
88 Madison Heights $40,820 19.2% 12.2%
89 Coldwater $34,260 19.2% 10.3%
90 Menominee $34,836 17.6% 11.4%
91 Romulus $44,525 17.0% 16.5%
92 Marquette $35,719 31.7% 8.7%
93 Davison $33,393 16.7% 12.3%
94 Springfield $37,038 22.4% 11.8%
95 Lincoln Park $39,871 17.5% 13.8%
96 Grand Rapids $39,913 25.2% 12.0%
97 Manistee $35,587 19.0% 12.7%
98 Taylor $41,742 18.4% 16.4%
99 Alpena $32,377 24.0% 10.1%
100 Cadillac $34,106 21.8% 11.9%