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I personally think Michigan is a great state. I’ve lived here almost my entire life, and other than the snow and ice in the winter, I can’t find anything wrong with the Great Lakes State.

However, one Michigan city has made the list of the “Top 10 Metros Homebuyers Are Leaving” from Redfin.com. In the report, they state, “The share of Redfin.com users looking to move to a different metro area is near its record high as high rates and prices up the appeal of affordable places. Coastal Florida is especially popular, even after getting pummeled by Hurricane Ian.” They add, “Nearly one-quarter (24.1%) of U.S. homebuyers looked to move to a different metro area in the three months ending in October, on par with the record high of 24.2% set in the third quarter. That’s up from roughly 18% in 2019, before the pandemic ushered in the remote-work era that gave many Americans more flexibility to relocate.”

What’s extra important if you’re looking to buy a house is that the U.S. housing market has cooled a lot during the second half of 2022 due to high mortgage rates, inflation and other factors. The people who are still buying homes are relocating to new metros, according to the report. “Many are seeking relative affordability as near-7% mortgage rates and persistently high home prices make expensive parts of the country even more expensive,” they state.

So, what’s the deal with Michigan? Detroit is the No. 7 ranked metro that people are moving out of. And where are people moving to from Detroit? Cleveland, Ohio. The net outflow is 4,200, and the portion of local users searching elsewhere is 32%. I think Detroit is a fantastic city with so much to offer, so I don’t really get it, but those are the hard facts. Still, don’t count Detroit out. Read the full study here.

25 Michigan Counties With the Highest Property Taxes

  • 25 Michigan Counties With the Highest Property Tax

    This list is via H&R Block.

  • 25. Genesee

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,845
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.91%

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  • 24. Jackson

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,819
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.51%

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  • 23. Isabella

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,898
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.48%

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  • 22. Monroe

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,975
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.32%

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  • 21. St. Clair

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,949
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.44%

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  • 20. Emmet

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,946
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.14%

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  • 19. Calhoun

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,944
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.89%

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  • 18. Van Buren

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,934
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.57%

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  • 17. Barry

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,903
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.30%

  • 16. Ingham

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,761
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 2.23%

  • 15. Livingston

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,681
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.23%

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  • 14. Kalamazoo

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,576
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.76%

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  • 13. Macomb

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,570
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.75%

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  • 12. Clinton

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,521
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.53%

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  • 11. Eaton

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,411
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.69%

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  • 10. Kent

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,385
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.55%

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  • 9. Wayne

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,359
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 2.55%

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  • 8. Ottawa

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,364
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.41%

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  • 7. Grand Traverse

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,348
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.28%

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  • 6. Midland

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,282
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.72%

  • 5. Leelanau

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,244
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 0.90%

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  • 4. Allegan

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,057
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.37%

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  • 3. Lenawee

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,011
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.61%

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  • 2. Oakland

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $3,429
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.63%

  • 1. Washtenaw

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $4,079
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.76%

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  • The county with the lowest average property tax in Michigan: Oscoda

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $901
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.08%

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