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10 Wealthiest Neighborhoods in Michigan

michigan_bartonhills_730x350Wealthy neighborhoods are often known for their higher standards of living and the various opportunities they offer. The wealthiest places in Michigan are no exception. They have a variety of different community atmospheres for people seeking different types of comfortable living accommodations. Michigan is often referred to as the “other coast,” due to the large area of coastline created by two of the surrounding Great Lakes, Michigan and Huron. There’s a lot to see and do for residents here. According to the United States Census Bureau, here are the 10 wealthiest neighborhoods in Michigan.

1) Barton Hills

Barton Hills is a small village of approximately 300 people in southeastern Michigan. Over 65% of the population is 45 years or older. Just over a quarter of households have children though, so there is some variation in resident ages. The per capita income in Barton Hills sits at a lofty $110,683. The cost of living index for this village is lower than the national average, so although Barton Hills is wealthy, it is not necessarily a pipe dream for people who are not rich. Since it is such a small town, it does not itself have many attractions, but within a few miles of the village, in Ann Arbor, there are museums, restaurants, theatres, and sports venues.

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2) Bloomfield Hills

Bloomfield Hills is a city in southeastern Michigan with a population of almost 4,000 people. The median age of residents is 54.1 years, but just under 20% of the population consists of children under 18. The per capita income in Bloomfield Hills is $104,920. The city has both public and private schools available, and also houses the Cranbrook Academy of Art, which is known for its graduate programs in art, architecture, and design. Additionally, Bloomfield Hills has attractions including a theatre, garden, and museums. There are also several historic sites within the city, such as the Cranbrook Educational Community, and some landmark churches of various sects of Christianity, including Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Baptist, and Lutheran.

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3) Grosse Pointe Shores

Grosse Pointe Shores is a very small village, yet it is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Michigan. The city as a whole is approximately 19 square miles, but the majority of that is water, leaving only about 1.1 square miles of village land. It has a population of just over 3,000 people, most of which are over 45 years old. The majority of households have married couples, and about 28% of households have children. The per capita income in the village is $97,859. Only 3% of the population falls under the poverty line. As a place on the water, Grosse Pointe Shores has a yacht club. There are also several attractions in nearby cities and villages, such as restaurants, museums, and even a murder mystery dinner company.

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4) Franklin

Franklin is a village of approximately 3,150 people in southeastern Michigan. The median age of residents is about 45, but there is a relatively even distribution of ages, with significant percentages of children, adults, and seniors. The per capita income is $89,256, and only 1% of the population is under the poverty line. With its large estate-style houses, the village offers comfortable living for its residents. Franklin has a distinctive early Michigan village atmosphere, particularly with its vintage downtown area. Additionally, in the history of the village, it served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. A popular site is the Franklin Cider Mill, which was established in 1837 and still stands today. The village was also declared as Michigan’s first historic district in 1969.

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5) Lake Angelus

Lake Angelus is Michigan’s smallest incorporated city, with 290 residents and only 1.64 square miles of land and water combined. However, because of the small amount of land available for living, its population density is higher than the Michigan average. The city is in southeastern Michigan and lies on the border of the Lake Angelus itself. The median age of its population is 55.3. The per capita income is $83,792. The city was founded in the early 1900s, when people in nearby urban areas, such as Detroit, formed a small community by the lake. The majority of Lake Angelus residents were born in the state of Michigan. Public assistance is not at all a significant portion of income for city residents—the majority of people earn salaries, and investments serve as a source of wealth for residents as well.

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6) Bingham Farms

Bingham Farms is a village in Oakland County, Michigan, and has an area of 1.21 square miles of land. The population sits at about 1,100 people, and as such, the population density is over 900% of the average population density in Michigan as a whole. The median age of residents is 59.7 years, although 16.1% of households do include children. The per capita income in Bingham Farms is $74,588. Bingham Farms is more racially diverse than other small villages in Michigan, but is predominantly white. Although the village was first founded in 1830, it remained isolated until almost a hundred years later, when Telegraph Road was run through the area. Interestingly, in an attempt to prevent a high degree of more urban-style development, the roads were all left unpaved until 1984.

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7) Mattawan

Mattawan is a village in southwestern Michigan. It has a population of around 2,000 people and is spread over an area of 3.83 square miles. The village is part of the Antwerp Township in Van Buren County. The median age in Mattawan is lower than some of the other wealthy neighborhoods in Michigan, at 36.5 years. The majority of the population is relatively young, with only 11.5% over 65, and over 37% of households having children. The per capita income in Mattawan is $67,971. There are several businesses in the downtown area of the village, particularly clustered around Main Street. All of the schools of the Mattawan Consolidated School District are located on a single campus area.

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8) Orchard Lake Village

Orchard Lake Village is located in Oakland County and has a total area of 4.12 square miles, although 43% of that area is water. The population is approximately 2,200 people. The median age of residents is 46.9, with the population split primarily between middle aged adults and children. The per capita income in the village is $67,881. The bodies of water in the village have been points of attraction going back as far as the Native Americans, who used them for hunting and fishing. The village is only 25 miles from Detroit, so despite the beauty of the nature in and around the village, residents can access an urban center if necessary. The village is split over 2 main school districts, and there is also a Catholic school for boys within the village.

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9) Michiana

In the southwest corner of Michigan, within Berrien County, lies Michiana, a village with a population of less than 200 people. The area of the village is tiny, at 0.37 square miles. The median age of residents is 63 years old, and more than 85% of the population is over 45 years old. The per capita income is $63,558. Only 1.1% of the population falls below the poverty line. The village is known for having log homes which were built in the 1920’s. It is a popular vacation home area, particularly for Chicago residents, as it is relatively close by. Michiana is entirely residential, and is secluded and safe, separate from industry or urban living.

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