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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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We’re on a mission at Zippia to criss-cross the country looking for the best and worst places for jobs.

Today, we set our sites on the worst cities to find a job in Michigan after looking at the best places in Michigan a short while ago.

These cities did not have the grit needed to make it to the big leagues and get that big promotion we all hope to get.

After looking at the data for the 100 biggest cities in Michigan, the ten worst cities to find a job in the Wolverine State are:

  1. Detroit
  2. Inkster
  3. Hamtramck
  4. Flint
  5. Pontiac
  6. Port Huron
  7. Roseville
  8. Mount Morris Township
  9. Jackson
  10. Flint Township

Read on to see how we did it.

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How We Determined The Worst Places For Jobs In The Wolverine State

After getting the data for every place in Michigan, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to the biggest places with over 5,000 people.

That left us with 100 cities.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 100, with 1 being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title “Worst City In Michigan To Find A Job”.

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Detroit

Detroit, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 721,459Recent Job Growth: -0.22%
Future Job Growth: 25.10%

2. Inkster

Inkster, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,455Recent Job Growth: -0.23%
Future Job Growth: 29.40%

3. Hamtramck

Hamtramck, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,317Recent Job Growth: -0.22%
Future Job Growth: 30.70%

4. Flint

Flint, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 103,263Recent Job Growth: 0.69%
Future Job Growth: 27.50%

5. Pontiac

Pontiac, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,105Recent Job Growth: 1.05%
Future Job Growth: 25.10%

6. Port Huron

Port Huron, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,253Recent Job Growth: 1.05%
Future Job Growth: 29.20%

7. Roseville

Roseville, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,427Recent Job Growth: 1.05%
Future Job Growth: 31.30%

8. Mount Morris Township

Mount Morris Township - Jobs Michigan

Source: Google Maps

Population: 21,576 Recent Job Growth: 0.69%
Future Job Growth: 33.60%

9. Jackson

Jackson, Michigan

Source: Flickr

Population: 33,661Recent Job Growth: 1.29%
Future Job Growth: 32.20%

10. Flint Township

Flint Township - Jobs Michigan

Source: Google Maps

Population: 31,938 Recent Job Growth: 0.69%
Future Job Growth: 33.60%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

After crunching all the numbers, Detroit took the “top” spot as the worst city in Michigan for a job.

So while the economy continues to improve and jobs become available across the state of Michigan, these cities lag behind.

Hopefully they can catch up before they miss their next bonus.

Detailed List Of Worst Places In Michigan To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
detroit 1 721,459 -0.22% 25.10%
inkster 2 25,455 -0.23% 29.40%
hamtramck 3 22,317 -0.22% 30.70%
flint 4 103,263 0.69% 27.50%
pontiac 5 60,105 1.05% 25.10%
port huron 6 30,253 1.05% 29.20%
roseville 7 47,427 1.05% 31.30%
mount morris township 8 21,576 0.69% 33.60%
jackson 9 33,661 1.29% 32.20%
flint township 10 31,938 0.69% 33.60%
genesee township 11 21,636 0.69% 33.60%
lincoln park 12 37,998 -0.23% 32.90%
taylor 13 62,916 -0.22% 32.80%
oak park 14 29,523 1.05% 32.30%
saginaw 15 51,776 2.52% 32.10%
warren 16 134,550 1.05% 33.20%
romulus 17 23,790 -0.22% 33.10%
eastpointe 18 32,569 1.05% 34.30%
davison township 19 19,476 0.69% 33.60%
southfield 20 72,280 1.05% 33.80%
wyandotte 21 25,839 -0.22% 33.30%
grand blanc township 22 37,061 0.69% 33.60%
st. clair shores 23 60,018 1.05% 34.00%
madison heights 24 29,854 1.05% 34.90%
adrian 25 21,170 1.35% 35.20%
dearborn 26 97,509 -0.22% 34.00%
dearborn heights 27 57,454 -0.22% 34.40%
bay city 28 34,899 2.07% 35.80%
burton 29 29,915 0.69% 35.30%
southgate 30 29,879 -0.22% 34.40%
harrison township 31 24,644 1.05% 34.50%
westland 32 83,770 -0.22% 34.80%
marquette 33 21,383 1.58% 35.80%
lansing 34 114,537 2.82% 37.20%
shelby charter township 35 73,836 1.05% 34.50%
kalamazoo 36 74,494 2.82% 37.80%
muskegon 37 38,061 3.84% 38.70%
garden city 38 27,639 -0.22% 34.50%
washington township macomb 39 25,019 1.05% 34.50%
auburn hills 40 21,408 1.05% 35.60%
ferndale 41 20,062 1.05% 35.60%
mount pleasant 42 26,092 1.66% 37.30%
van buren township 43 28,401 -0.22% 34.90%
summit township jackson 44 22,458 1.29% 35.40%
blackman township 45 24,010 1.29% 36.60%
monroe 46 20,810 2.45% 37.50%
east lansing 47 48,449 2.82% 38.70%
genoa township 48 19,814 1.05% 35.10%
ypsilanti 49 19,638 1.41% 37.40%
hamburg township 50 21,369 1.05% 35.10%
chesterfield township 51 43,243 1.05% 35.60%
frenchtown township 52 20,472 2.45% 37.50%
battle creek 53 52,327 2.98% 39.00%
brownstown township 54 30,150 -0.22% 35.10%
oxford charter township 55 20,366 1.05% 35.60%
sterling heights 56 129,887 1.05% 36.30%
allen park 57 28,111 -0.22% 35.80%
birmingham 58 20,153 1.05% 35.60%
macomb township 59 78,938 1.05% 35.70%
bedford township monroe 60 31,055 2.45% 37.50%
white lake township 61 30,053 1.05% 36.30%
grand rapids 62 189,340 4.94% 43.10%
ypsilanti township 63 53,484 1.41% 38.00%
orion township 64 35,453 1.05% 36.20%
livonia 65 96,632 -0.22% 36.20%
ann arbor 66 114,725 1.41% 37.60%
independence township 67 34,729 1.05% 36.40%
kalamazoo township 68 21,976 2.82% 40.00%
oshtemo township 69 21,588 2.82% 40.00%
holland 70 33,307 4.51% 42.40%
farmington hills 71 80,131 1.05% 36.70%
norton shores 72 23,934 3.85% 40.80%
waverly 73 24,567 2.82% 38.90%
troy 74 81,307 1.05% 36.50%
northville township 75 28,146 -0.23% 37.70%
commerce township 76 40,140 1.05% 36.90%
haslett 77 20,040 2.82% 39.50%
holt 78 24,258 2.82% 39.50%
midland 79 42,024 1.93% 39.30%
royal oak 80 57,761 1.05% 38.10%
wyoming 81 72,408 4.93% 44.80%
delta charter township 82 32,417 2.82% 39.80%
okemos 83 20,885 2.82% 39.50%
saginaw charter township 84 40,676 2.51% 41.10%
pittsfield charter township 85 34,804 1.41% 38.20%
novi 86 55,319 1.05% 38.00%
scio township 87 19,989 1.41% 38.00%
holland township ottawa 88 35,656 4.44% 43.90%
rochester hills 89 71,251 1.05% 38.40%
allendale township 90 20,528 4.44% 43.90%
delhi charter township 91 25,775 2.81% 41.70%
portage 92 46,425 2.82% 41.30%
walker 93 23,600 4.94% 45.10%
kentwood 94 48,877 4.94% 45.50%
gaines township kent 95 25,069 4.94% 45.10%
plainfield township kent 96 31,125 4.94% 45.10%
byron township 97 20,407 4.94% 45.10%
georgetown township 98 47,159 4.44% 44.30%
meridian charter township 99 39,931 2.82% 42.30%
forest hills 100 26,238 4.94% 45.10%

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