Moving to Michigan? These Are The 10 Happiest Cities In Michigan to live in.
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Do you want to move to one of the happiest places in Michigan?
According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Michigan – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.
So, we were curious – which Michigan cities might be the happiest to move to. We’re about to find out, using science and data.
After analyzing the largest cities, we present the Happiest Cities In Michigan:
- East Grand Rapids
- Allen Park
- Beverly Hills
- Forest Hills
- Rochester Hills
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How do you decide if the city you move to in Michigan is happy or not?
In order to rank the happiest cities in Michigan, someone had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, have a stable home life and live where the weather is nice.
So someone scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How they crunched the numbers
They threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Sperling’s Best Places, and Twitter, this is the criteria they used:
- Percentage of residents with a college degree
- Average commute times
- Employment rates
- Cost of living
- Sunny days
- % of married couples
- % of home owners
For geo-located Tweets, they used #happy.
If you’d like to see the complete list of cities, from happiest to most miserable, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the abridged chart.
1. East Grand Rapids Local Moving
College graduates: Most in Michigan
It wasn’t even close. East Grand Rapids is by far the happiest city in the state of Michigan. Let’s see why.
First off, EGR has the smartest whippersnappers in the state. A whopping 78% of residents here finished school. That alone has a way of stabilizing a life. You can get a better job that’s closer to home. And you’re just plain smart.
East Grand Rapids residents only commute 17 minutes to work, on average. That means extra time with the fam. And it’s the 5th safest place in the state, too.
2. Allen Park Local Moving
Sunny days: 2nd most in Michigan
Believe it or not, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there are minute climate differences between cities in a state. And, according to the NOAA, Allen Park, just south of Dearborn, has the 2nd highest number of sunny days a year: 183.
Sunshine on your shoulders makes you happy, according to John Denver.
What else does Allen Park have going for it, happy wise? It has the third lowest unemployment rate in the state (3.8%), and 82% of residents own the home they live in. There’s something to be said about living in home sweet home, right?
3. Troy Local Moving
Married population: 4th highest
Troy is a middle class city just north of Detroit, in Oakland County. If you think married people are happier than divorced (or people living alone), you’d be right. And here in Troy, two-thirds of people have a spouse at home to help them with life problems, rub their feet and nag them to do the dishes.
Crime is the 6th lowest in the state in Troy. When you have peace of mind and can let your guard down to relax, that’s some real joy right there. Other factors that make Troy a happy place are high incomes and a lot more sunny days than folks on the coast or up in the UP, ‘eh.
4. Beverly Hills Local Moving
Income: 3rd highest in the state
People who say money doesn’t buy happiness are wrong. It buys peace of mind, security, vacations and fun. So, yes it does. And the people in Beverly Hills make more than $100k a year annually as a household.
60% of the people in Beverly Hills are married, and 85% own their own homes. It’s relatively safe, has better weather than most other places, and, frankly, it’s called Beverly Hills. That’s saying something.
5. Livonia Local Moving
Unemployment rate: Lowest in the state
Having a great job is sure a stabilizing factor in a family structure. It seems that just about everyone in L-Town has a job. Essentially, if you don’t have a job here, you just don’t want to work.
While the cost of living might be a lot higher here than in most other places, high income levels and dual incomes more than make up for it.
They checked Twitter, and saw lots of happy references. This was a gem:
“Working in Livonia makes me want to move here. I haven’t seen any people that aren’t happy lol”
6. Forest Hills Local Moving
First in four categories
Wow, Forest Hills. They’re the wealthiest and most married, they live in the safest area, and have the highest number of homeowners in the state.
The only reason Forest Hills didn’t rank first on this list is the longer commute time and the high cost of living. So while they seem to live in la-la land there in eastern Grand Rapids, they might be working to the bone to stay there.
Forest Hills is a CDP (not an actual city). But that doesn’t mean they don’t smile lots and lots.
7. Rochester Hills Local Moving
Crime: 3rd safest
Welcome to Rochester Hills, where crime is essentially as low as you can get, and just about everyone has a job.
When under 4% of the population doesn’t have to stress about finding a job, and people earn nearly $80,000 a year, they can focus on more important matters. You know, stuff like watching the Lions game with friends, who to start in Fantasy Football, and who is doing what on Facebook.
Actually, those things might make you even more stressed. We digress…
8. Holt Local Moving
Married rate: 9th highest
H-Town is one of the only happy places that’s not in the Grand Rapids or Detroit area. This group of smiling, happy people live on the south side of Lansing.
59% are married, 71% own a home, and the sun shines there more often than in lots of other places in the state. Plus, Michigan State pulled out that amazing win over Michigan earlier this year. They’re probably still smiling about that one up there.
9. Berkley Local Moving
Crime: 8th lowest
Little Berkley is a Detroit suburb that’s far removed from the criminal activities that happen a bit away. Most of the people here most likely work in Detroit. They command pretty good salaries, through their commute times of 22 minutes is a little high.
But you can’t complain about a 22-minute commute when you are most likely married and own your own home.
10. Midland Local Moving
Midland Community Stadium, Midland, MI
Commute time: 10th lowest in the state
Midland has been called one of the best small places to raise a family by Forbes. Now they can add another accolade to the city’s trophy shelf.
Here are other accolades they’ve won: Best Tennis Town in America, Top 10 Place To Raise A Kid, 100 Best Communities for Young People. Etc. Etc.
They are most likely smiling as we speak.
There You Have It
Like we said earlier, trying to determine the happiest cities in Michigan is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are stable, it’s safe and the weather is great, this is an accurate list. So call Same Day Movers and get moving to Michigan today!
Desktop users, below is a chart of the happiest cities from top to bottom:
*Photo credits: Wikipedia, Google Maps