Best Places to Buy a House in Macomb County

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

Buying a home isn’t just a contract to the property, it’s a sometimes lifelong commitment to the surrounding community, too.

Choosing where to buy a home is a major life decision. Luckily, Niche, a website offering rankings and statistics on towns, schools and colleges, also publishes a ranking of the best places to buy a home. See the rankings below to find out how towns in Macomb County stack up.

These statistics were calculated based on home values, taxes, crime rates and quality of local schools. 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 buy a home in Macomb County on the list.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shelby Charter Township

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

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

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: $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.

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 homebuyers. It earns a “B+” both in the public schools and good for families categories from Niche.

Harrison Charter Township

  • Average home value: $205,100
  • Population: 24,407

Harrison Charter Township offers residents an incredible access to activities along the lakeshore.


  • 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.

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Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist, copy editor and proud Detroiter. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.


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