5 Michigan Cities Rank Among the Most Livable Small Cities
Some people find big cities overwhelming, while small rural towns can be too slow-paced. Luckily, there are many small cities in America with populations of 65,000 to 100,000 that offer a balance of both. These cities have similar amenities to big cities but are more affordable.
To identify the most livable small cities for living in, SmartAsset analyzed data concerning 275 such cities. They compared these cities using a range of metrics related to dining and entertainment, healthcare quality, employment opportunities, poverty rates, and average commute times.
Michigan dominates the top 15
Michigan has five cities mentioned on the most livable small cities list. Interestingly, half of the top 10 livable small cities are in Washington or Michigan. The leading two are Redmond and Sammamish in WA. Novi, MI, takes the third spot. Farmington Hills stands at 8, Troy at 10, Livonia at 12, and Rochester Hills at 14.
Farmington Hills, located east of Novi, has a county-level unemployment rate that ties for the third lowest. The study also reveals the city’s housing costs, making up only 16.67% of the median household income (ranking 10th lowest). Lastly, the city ranks 21st overall for health insurance coverage, with only 2.59% of residents lacking it.
The study reveals that Midwest cities like Lakeville and Maple Grove, MN, as well as Livonia, Novi, Farmington Hills, and Shawnee, KS, require under 17% of the local median income for housing maintenance. In contrast, the average housing costs for all small cities comprise 22.87% of local median incomes.
None of the Southern cities made it to the top 10. Alpharetta, Georgia, stands out as the most livable small city in the South, landing at No. 13. This Atlanta suburb has the highest rank among all southern cities. Only one other city in the region, Johns Creek, Georgia, makes it into the top 30 most livable small cities.
Check out the full study and its findings here.