Michigan is a state in the Midwestern regions of the United States. The state of Michigan is the 10th most populous state in the US. The largest city is Detroit while the capital is Lansing. It has a population of 9,922,576. 76% are whites, 14.2% African-American, 2.4% Asian-American, 2.3% white Hispanics, and 2.3% are multiracial. Michigan is the 13th largest economy in the US with a gross state product of $417.306 billion in 2014. The unemployment rate is at 5%.
Michigan State has the longest freshwater coastline in the world as the four Great Lakes border it including Lake Saint Clair. Michigan is the leading recreational boating state in the US. It has numerous inland lakes and ponds. Michigan has a continental climate, and the Upper Peninsula has warm shorter summers and longer and frigid winters while the Lower Peninsula has a more temperate climate with hot summers and cold winters.
Biggest Cities in Michigan
Detroit ranks number one among the biggest cities in Michigan. It was founded on July 24, 1701, by a French explorer and hosts 713,777 people. The low population is a result of the industrial reconstruction, suburbanization, and the decline of Detroit's auto industry that led to people migrating to its Suburban and other states looking for employment. Today the state focuses on becoming a metropolitan hub and economic center of the Midwest. The economic distress in the country is ongoing, but the conditions are getting better. The city has a variety of neighborhood types: the revitalized Downtown, New Centre, and Midtown have high densities with many historic buildings while further out in the city fringes, and the Northwest is sparsely populated. Downtown Detroit is the best retirement city in the US. Southwest Detroit is experiencing an economic boom thanks to the new housing projects, increased business openings like the Mexicantown International Welcome Center. Despite its financial struggles, Detroit is a beautiful metropolitan city.
The Grand Rapids is the largest town in West Michigan. Located about 30 miles to the east of Lake Michigan, the grand city is home to top 5 world office furniture companies, and hence the nickname "Furniture City". It has a population of 188,040 with an economically diversified community in the healthcare, automotive, aviation, information technology and consumer goods. The city prospers on the banks of the Grand River. The river valley is narrow and flat with steep hills and bluffs. The countryside is a fusion of mixed forests with farmlands and orchards to the northwest. The city is also home to the John Ball Zoological Garden, Gerald R. Ford Museum, and Belknap Hill which are major tourist destinations in the state.
Top Cities in Michigan
The biggest cities in Michigan do not always qualify as the top cities or most livable cities in Michigan. There are cities with low crime rate, quality education, robust communities and housing and large cities fall short of these qualities. However, the smaller towns and townships provide the best living condition.
Located in the southeastern of Oakland County in Michigan, Huntington Woods offers the best suburban of Detroit conditions. The "city of homes" is majorly residential. In Michigan Huntington Woods is ranked number 2. With a population of about 6,310, the median income for a household is $87,086 which is almost 132% higher than Michigan while the per capita income of the city is $45,264. The median home revenue in the city is 121% higher than Michigan. The city provides you with all the amenities you need in life. From groceries, schools parks, public transit, eateries, and libraries. The crime rate in the city is 48% lower than the average crime rate of Michigan. It is home to most advanced educational facilities with a 16% higher high school graduation rate than other cities.
Birmingham also is one of the top cities in Michigan. The city of Birmingham is exceptionally livable and the best place to live in Michigan. It is ranked number 1 in the Michigan state thanks to the A plus social amenities and security. The crime rate is at 57% lower than Michigan. Household income stands out at 118% higher than average. The median property value is at 209% higher than the state average. From luxury homes to lush condominiums ownership in the city is top notch. There are many homeowners in Birmingham than rentals. Education facilities are in perfect condition with a 16% increase in high school graduation than in Michigan State. However, the ideal living conditions are 40% higher than Michigan and summers are way too hot.
Biggest Cities In Michigan
|Rank||City||Population in 2010|
|10||Clinton (charter township)||96,796|
|11||Canton (charter township)||90,173|
|17||Shelby (charter township)||73,804|
|20||Waterford (charter township)||71,707|
About the Author
Benjamin Elisha Sawe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Statistics and an MBA in Strategic Management. He is a frequent World Atlas contributor.
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