Best Places for Families to Live in Macomb County

Explore Macomb County’s best places to raise a family in 2023, ranked by Niche.

Choosing a place to raise a family can impact the way a child sees the world.

Niche, a website offering rankings and statistics on towns, schools and colleges, also publishes a ranking of the best places to raise a family. See the rankings below to find out how towns in Macomb County stack up.

These statistics were calculated based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, and family-friendly amenities. Data for these categories come from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC and other data sources. You can find the full methodology here.

Here are the top 10 best places to raise a family in Macomb County on the list.

Macomb Township

  • Average home value: $295,600
  • Population: 90,818

In Macomb Township, the vast majority of residents own their homes and the public school options are highly rated. Macomb Township is the most populous civil township in the state.

Shelby Charter Township

  • Average home value: $278,900
  • Population: 79,254

With a spread out, suburban feel, Shelby Charter Township offers families excellent public schools, good outdoor activities and many restaurants.

Sterling Heights

  • Average home value: $213,200
  • Population: 134,062

As the second largest suburb in Metro Detroit, and the fourth largest city in Michigan, Sterling Heights has many options for families. It earns a “B+” both in the public schools and good for families categories from Niche.


  • Average home value: $162,600
  • Population: 14,703

Fraser offers its residents a dense suburban feel and above average public schools. Also located in Fraser is the Arts Academy in the Woods, a free public charter academy for students interested in the arts.


  • Average home value: $173,600
  • Population: 5,188

This suburb boasts a small historic district as well as many walking paths and small shops. Utica earns an “A-” in the public schools category from Niche.

New Baltimore

  • Average home value: $245,400
  • Population: 12,147

Located on Lake St. Clair, New Baltimore offers residents many family activities, including access to beaches, fishing and boating. In 2016, the state’s largest and tallest flagpole was erected at the Walter and Mary Burke Park.


  • Average home value: $203,500
  • Population: 3,729

Romeo has a suburban and rural mix as well and a smaller population. It earns a “B+” in public schools, diversity and good for families categories from Niche.

Chesterfield Township

  • Average home value: $223,300
  • Population: 45,345

Although Chesterfield has a spare suburban feel, there are many options for restaurants, businesses and shopping. The public schools, cost of living and diversity in Chesterfield are above average.

St. Clair Shores

  • Average home value: $157,000
  • Population: 59,046

St. Clair Shores offers residents access to Lake St. Clair. The city is well known for its “Nautical Mile” along Jefferson Avenue. It earns a “B” from Niche in the public schools and diversity categories.

Ray Township

  • Average home value: $325,700
  • Population: 3,791

The vast majority of residents in Ray Township own their own homes. Ray offers residents access to excellent parks, including Wolcott Mill Metropark, a 2,625-acre park.

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