Michigan - Important Cities and Townships

Important Cities and Townships

Further information: List of cities, villages, and townships in Michigan

The largest municipalities in Michigan are (according to 2010 Census):

Rank City Population Image
1 Detroit 713,777
2 Grand Rapids 188,040
3 Warren 134,056
4 Sterling Heights 129,699
5 Lansing 114,297
6 Ann Arbor 113,934
7 Flint 102,434
8 Dearborn 98,153
9 Livonia 96,942
10 Clinton Township 96,796

Other important cities include:

  • Battle Creek ("Cereal City U.S.A.", world headquarters of Kellogg Company)
  • Benton Harbor / St. Joseph (headquarters of Whirlpool Corporation)
  • East Lansing (home of Michigan State University)
  • Holland (home of Tulip Time, the largest tulip festival in the U.S.)
  • Jackson (headquarters of CMS Energy)
  • Kalamazoo (Largest city in southwest Michigan and home to Western Michigan University)
  • Manistee (home to the world's largest salt plant, owned by Morton Salt)
  • Marquette (largest city in the Upper Peninsula with 19,661 people and home of Northern Michigan University)
  • Midland (headquarters of the Dow Chemical Company and the Dow Corning Corporation)
  • Pontiac (major automobile manufacturing center, and home of the Pontiac Silverdome)
  • Saginaw (the largest of the Tri-Cities, which also consist of Bay City and Midland, and home to Saginaw Valley State University)
  • Sault Ste. Marie (home of the Soo Locks and Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge)
  • Traverse City ("Cherry Capital of the World", making Michigan the country's largest producer of cherries)

Half of the wealthiest communities in the state are located in Oakland County, just north of Detroit. Another wealthy community is located just east of the city, in Grosse Pointe. Only three of these cities are located outside of Metro Detroit. The city of Detroit itself, with a per capita income of $14,717, ranks 517th on the list of Michigan locations by per capita income. Benton Harbor is the poorest city in Michigan, with a per capita income of $8,965, while Barton Hills is the richest with a per capita income of $110,683.

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