From Ann Arbor, the home to the University of Michigan Wolverines, to Detroit, the Motor City, Michigan is home to a number of beautiful and one-of-a-kind cities. If you are considering living in Michigan and don’t know what areas to consider, take a look at this list. We’ve compiled the 10 fastest-growing cities in Michigan that saw the most significant population increase over 5 years, from 2017 to 2021. Check out the list and see which cities Michiganders are choosing to call home.
#1: Dearborn, MI
In first place is Dearborn, MI which is well known for its being the headquarters of the Ford Motor Company. Dearborn currently has a population of around 108,450, which is an increase of 14% from 2017.
There are many reasons why people live in Dearborn, like the abundance of unique parks, including Ford Field Park, Crowley Park, and Ford Woods Park, or the strong arts and entertainment scene with venues like the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. There are also a number of delicious restaurants that locals enjoy, like Mint 29, Brome Modern Eatery, and La Pita.
#2: Dearborn Heights, MI
Known for being a suburb of Detroit, Dearborn Heights, MI is the second fastest-growing city in Michigan. Dearborn Heights saw a 12% increase in population to its current population of about 62,450.
There are a lot of unique things to do in Dearborn Heights, such as reading a book at Van Houten Park or savoring a bite at Antonio’s Cucina Italiana, The BoneYard Bar-B-Q, or Hamido Restaurant. There’s something for everyone living in Dearborn Heights.
#3: Novi, MI
Novi, MI is well known for being home to the Suburban Collection Showplace, the largest privately owned conference, convention, and exhibition center in Michigan. It hosts a variety of events year-round. If you want to grab a bite to eat at a local favorite restaurant, check out Sedona Taphouse, Steve & Rocky’s, and Moe’s On Ten. Also, be sure to take a walk through one of the many parks like Lakeshore Park, Pavilion Shore Park, and Ella Mae Power Park.
Novi saw an 11% increase in population since 2017 and currently has a population of around 66,550.
#4: Kentwood, MI
Best known for being one of the thriving cities in the Grand Rapids metropolitan area, Kentwood, MI makes number four on our list of the fastest-growing cities in Michigan. The city’s current population is nearly 54,150, which is a 5% increase since 2017.
If you plan on living in Kentwood, there are many fun things to do, from playing sports at Pinewood Park, Old Farm Park, or Stanaback Park to grabbing a bite to eat at Le Kabob, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, or Peppino’s Sports Grille & Pizzeria.
#5: Southfield, MI
Looking for a great place to live? look no further than Southfield, MI. The city is best known for its central location and excellent city services, as well as easy access to all of southeastern Michigan. It is the fifth fastest-growing city in Michigan. The city’s population increased by 3% to nearly 75,900 residents.
Want to know what to do in Southfield? Be sure to try one of these local favorites: spend an afternoon at Beauervic Woods Park, Beech Woods Park, or Pebble Creek Park, visit the Park West Gallery or eat delicious food at Cornbread Restaurants & Bar, Nikola’s, or Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina.
#6: Troy, MI
Sixth on our list is Troy, MI. The city is best known for being the home of the Somerset Collection, which is one of the largest shopping malls in the state. Additionally, Troy is known for its large number of high-tech companies, as well as for being a major suburb of Detroit.
There are many wonderful things to do in Troy, such as trying delicious food at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Seasons 52, and Picano’s Italian Grille, playing sports at Firefighters Park, Raintree Park, or Boulan Park, or catching a show at Ridgedale Players.
The city saw a 3% increase since 2017 to its current population of nearly 86,850.
#7: Westland, MI
Want to move to Westland, MI? Known for being more laid-back than Detroit while having access to the excitement of Downtown Detroit just 16 miles away, Westland has a population of around 84,550, seeing a 3% increase since 2017.
There are many activities to enjoy in Westland, from visiting museums like Wayne Historical Museum to enjoying a day at Central City Park, Merriman Hollow Park, or Jaycee Park. Be sure to taste the local cuisine at Westland Family Dining, DeLuca’s Restaurant, and Thai City, and afterward, catch a show at Inspire Theatre or The Token Lounge.
#8: Farmington Hills, MI
Eighth on our list of the fastest-growing cities in Michigan is Farmington Hills, MI which is best known for being one of the largest cities in Oakland County. This picturesque city also provides a tight-knit community and some of the area’s top-ranking schools. It saw an increase of 2% to its current population of around 83,300.
If you are looking for something to do in Farmington Hills, be sure to visit a handful of parks around the city, such as Heritage Park, Woodland Hills Nature Park, or Shiawasse Park. Check out a local museum such as Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum. And finally, be sure to also swing by local favorites House of Falafel, Cafe Cortina, and Peterlins for a taste of what the city has to offer.
#9: Warren, MI
Known for being the home of the General Motors Technical Center, the headquarters of Big Boy Restaurants, and the Warren Woods State Park, Warren, MI comes in ninth. The city is home to around 138,150 people, which is a 2.24% increase.
Looking for fun activities in Warren, MI? Well, there are many fun things you can check out. You can read a book at City of Warren Halmich Park, Licht Park, and Shaw Park. If you love to try new restaurants, be sure to check out Theo’s Family Restaurant, Malone’s Tavern, and Mexico City Restaurant. If the arts and entertainment scene is your thing, make sure you pay a visit to Warren Consolidated School of Performing Arts.
#10: Rochester Hills, MI
Ending the list at number ten is Rochester Hills, MI. Rochester Hills is known for being a quaint city in Michigan’s Oakland County with a lot of local history. There was a 2.03% in population to its current population of about 76,100.
You’ll never get bored in Rochester Hills, MI. From parks like Rochester Municipal Park, Thelma Spencer Park, or Bloomer Park to museums like Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm and Meadow Brook Hall, there is so much to check out. If you want to grab a quick bite, you should visit RH House, Alex’s of Rochester Family Dining, and The Meeting House. Later on, you can watch a show at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre.
Methodology: Population growth was calculated over a 5-year span (2017 vs. 2021). Only cities with a population of over 50,000 were used, as anything smaller is considered a town. Population data sourced from United States Census Bureau. Median home sale price data from the Redfin Data Center during August 2022. Average rental data from Rent.com during August 2022.