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When people start a family, they often think about where to live that might offer a family-friendly environment. I personally think that Michigan has lots of great cities to raise a family, and now, a new study out has determined that the Mitten actually best the best place to raise a family in the U.S.

The staff at has put together a list of the 10 best cities in America to raise a family. For the study, Rocket HomesSM joined forces with to find some of the best locations to raise a family. The list includes everything from college towns to suburban areas.

“Raising a family is as incredibly rewarding as it is challenging,” they state. “There’s no doubt that heads of households want to ensure they’re giving their children every chance to thrive academically, mentally and physically, while also providing a safe space for the family unit to strengthen. The burden doesn’t solely rest on a parent or caregiver’s shoulders. The place they choose to put down roots should also provide support and opportunity. The best cities for families to live will excel in providing safety, affordable care, open spaces to roam and quality learning, whether kids are starting kindergarten or wrapping up their high school years.”

The best city to raise a family in the U.S., according to the study, is Grand Rapids. “Located just 30 miles from the beaches of Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids has an abundance of opportunities for kids to engage in culture, history, art and nature at more than 20 museums and the world-renown Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Residents can also be sure their children will receive a good education. Grand Rapids ranks in the top 5% in the country for school system ratings, which can be attributed, in part, to the quality of life of its educators, as the city also ranks as one of the best places to be a teacher.” Find the full study here and check out the top 50 best Michigan school districts below.

The Top 50 Best Michigan School Districts

  • Top 50 Best Public School Districts in Michigan

    Read on for the 50 best public school districts in Michigan, as well as links to more information about each district. This list is via

  • 1. Northville Public Schools

    Northville Public Schools

    Northville Public Schools has 11 schools in its district from PK-12th grade in Northville, MI.

  • 4. Oakland Schools

    Oakland Schools Home

    Your web browser does not support the tag. The Newsroom is a single location for all of Oakland Schools' press releases, social media, blogs, media resources and podcasts. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Technology Services is an established provider of high ​​​​​​​quality systems solutions and support to Michigan public schools, nonpublic schools and public school academies.

  • 6. Okemos Public Schools

  • 7. Bloomfield Hills Schools

    One of the Best Public Schools in Michigan | Bloomfield Hills

    Bloomfield Hills Schools is one of the best public school districts in Michigan for students ages 6 weeks to graduation. Explore the opportunities!

  • 9. East Grand Rapids Public Schools

    East Grand Rapids Public School District - Home

    Breton Downs Elementary Lakeside Elementary Wealthy Elementary East Grand Rapids Middle School East Grand Rapids High School

  • 10. Rochester Community School District

    Home - Rochester Community Schools District

    The Administration Building at 501 W. University Drive will be closed to visitors beginning Aug. 1 during staff relocation to 52585 Dequindre Road. Please call 248-726-3000 for RCS service and support.

  • 11. Forest Hills Public Schools

    Forest Hills Public School District

    The Forest Hills Public School District was founded in 1956 when residents in 13 neighboring, one-room schools consolidated to build a high school...

  • 13. Ann Arbor Public Schools

    Ann Arbor Public Schools / Homepage

    FOR AAPS RESIDENTS: To pre-enroll for neighborhood/attendance area schools (including Young 5s) click on "ENROLL/APPLY HERE" below. If you are interested in applying for an In-District Transfer for the 2022-23 School Year, please click on the In-District Transfer link below for additional information.

  • 14. West Bloomfield School District

    Home - West Bloomfield School District: Portrait of a Graduate

    Home - West Bloomfield School District is helping students to be their best IN and FOR the world through our Portrait of a Graduate initiative.

  • 15. St. Joseph Public Schools

    District Home

    This is an automated system that allows us to send out mass emails, texts, and phone calls. Examples: School closings, parent/teacher conference information, athletic schedule changes, fine arts concerts and performances, club and activity news, attendance, etc. Please note: You MUST "opt-in" to receive text messages from the system.

  • 16. Spring Lake Public Schools

    Spring Lake Public Schools - Big enough to challenge, small enough to care.

    Lakers, first and foremost, are a community-parents, teachers, staff, neighbors and volunteers surrounding our students to help them succeed. For us, success entails so much more than grades. It's about equipping our students to be confident and engaged citizens of the world.

  • 17. Portage Public Schools


    Our Vision: to be an exceptional, continuously-improving learning culture with high expectations, committed to all! Work for the best! Portage Public Schools Community Job Fair Thursday, July 28,

  • 18. Byron Center Public Schools

    Byron Center Public Schools

    Dear Families and Community Members, Welcome to Byron Center Public Schools. BCPS is one of the top school districts in Kent County, with a strong track record of academic achievement and growth. We are proud of our accomplishments and the value we bring to the Byron Center community.

  • 19. Berkley School District

    Berkley Schools

    Website for Berkley Schools

  • 20. New Buffalo Area Schools

    New Buffalo Area Schools / Homepage

    Exceptional schools, exceptional community - building success together!

  • 21. East Lansing School District

    East Lansing Public Schools

    View the latest district updates and information from Superintendent , Dori Leyko.

  • 22. Hudsonville Public School District

    Welcome to Hudsonville Public Schools, a K-12 school district in Hudsonville, MI

    The Administration Office will have revised hours for July. Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • 23. West Ottawa Public School District

    Home - West Ottawa Public Schools

    At West Ottawa, we focus on preparing our students to be College, Career and Life Ready. West Ottawa Public Schools works diligently to meet the goals of our district - and the high standards of our educators, parents and community.

  • 24. Chelsea School District

    Welcome to Chelsea School District

    Welcome to Chelsea School District

  • 25. Huron Independent School District


    The Huron Intermediate School District is dedicated to educational leadership, effective programs, and quality services in collaboration with community partners to educate all learners.

  • 26. Black River Public School

    Home - Black River Public School

    Summer office hours are 9am-1pm, Monday through Thursday in the Middle/High School Main Office. Due to the construction Door E will be closed for campus upgrades. For deliveries and a fully accessible entrance please call the main office at 616-355-0055 x102 during office hours and we would be happy to help.

  • 27. Grandville Public Schools

    Grandville Public Schools - Improving Lives by Producing Successful, Lifelong Learners

    Grandville Public Schools has been serving K-12 students for more than a century. Welcome!

  • 28. Brighton Area Schools

    Home / Homepage

    Brighton Area Schools

  • 29. Jenison Public Schools

  • 30. North Muskegon Public Schools

    NMPS Home

    We believe that the purpose of NMPS is to create students who: Function as responsible students Communicate effectively using multiple modalities Think critically and problem solve Cooperate and collaborate We believe that the stakeholders of the district will: Expect high standards for all students Work in tandem with families, teachers and the community Create a safe and nurturing environment for all Assist all students in reaching their maximum potential Enhance facilities to support achievement, athletics, and the arts "We are an Educational Community that gives our BEST and expects the BEST."

  • 31. Dexter Community School District

    DCS Home - Dexter Community Schools

    On Tuesday, August 2, 2022, residents of Dexter Community Schools will vote on a 1.0 mill, 20-year, recreation millage. This Multigenerational Activity Millage creates a funding mechanism to support multigenerational activities for anyone in the Dexter community. For detailed information, please visit the site page.

  • 32. Lake Orion Community Schools

    An elite public school district -- Lake Orion Community Schools

    A highly-rated school district, Lake Orion Community Schools educates more than 7,500 students, focused on providing a well-rounded, inclusive educational opportunity for learners of all levels and abilities.

  • 33. Grosse Ile Township Schools

    Grosse Ile Township Schools

    Website for Grosse Ile Township Schools

  • 34. Hartland Consolidated Schools

    Hartland Consolidated Schools

    The mission of Hartland Consolidated Schools is to maintain a vibrant, strong school system that meets the needs of its students and families. We draw on our rich heritage to serve as a guide to the future. Please browse our website to gain information regarding our schools and community.

  • 35. Houghton-Portage Township School District

    Houghton Portage Township Schools

    Houghton Portage Township Schools

  • 36. Sanilac Independent School District

    Sanilac Intermediate School District

    Students in the A.C.E. (Alternative Career Education) Program, located at the Sanilac Career Center are busy getting their store, 'The Hub' ready for customers! Due to Covid-19 restrictions last year they were unable to open the store because of the pandemic. With the direction of the program's teachers, Mrs.

  • 37. Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

    Plymouth-Canton Community Schools | Home

    Join award-winning Plymouth-Canton Community Schools for the 2022-23 school year! Registration is now open for our Early Childhood, Kindergarten through 12th grade, and Post-secondary programs.

  • 38. Beaver Island Community School District

    Home - Beaver Island Community School (District)

    BICS Adaptive COVID Response Plan 2022 Approved Monday, March 14, 2022 Effective 8:00 am, Monday, March 21, 2022 Beaver Island Community School is committed to providing high-quality face-to-face in-person instruction while keeping our students safe and complying with applicable laws. This adaptive response plan serves as the BICS policy regarding the remainder of the school year.

  • 39. Midland Public Schools

  • 40. Cheb-Otsego-Presque Isle Elementary School District


    To Engage Learners in Ways that Foster Growth and Success The mission of Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle Educational Service District is to maximize the learning and citizenship of all, by providing educational leadership, facilitating sustainable evidenced based practices and services, and providing professional development that involves member districts, this ESD and the entire community.

  • 41. Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools


    Website for Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools

  • 42. St. Joseph County Intermediate School District

    Explore St. Joseph County Intermediate School District

    St. Joseph County Intermediate School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Centreville, MI. It has 477 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 60 to 1. According to state test scores, 65% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.

  • 43. Haslett Public Schools

    Haslett Public Schools / Home

    Congratulations to the Haslett High School Class of 2022! The Haslett High School graduation ceremony was held on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University. Family and friends celebrated as 214 graduates received their high school diplomas.

  • 44. Copper Country Independent School District

  • 45. Rockford Public Schools

    Explore Rockford Public Schools

    Rockford Public Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in Rockford, MI. It has 7,965 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 64% of students are at least proficient in math and 66% in reading.

  • 46. Tuscola Independent School District


    Welcome to Tuscola Intermediate School District. Our mission statement is "A commitment to serve....a promise to educate". Our goal is to fulfill this mission to over 8,700 students served within Tuscola County and additional students served through collaborative programs in surrounding counties.

  • 47. Lakeshore School District


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  • 48. Leland Public School District

  • 49. Saugatuck Public Schools

    Saugatuck Public Schools - Preparing Students for Life

    Facility Belief Statement: SPS will provide current, well-maintained and safe academic, athletic and art facilities. SPS's facilities will be operational with current technology and equipment. SPS will provide facilities that enable us to maintain small class sizes. When new facilities or major renovations are required, SPS will engage the community in dialogue and solid input from its stakeholders.

  • 50. Zeeland Public Schools

    Zeeland Public Schools Home

    Website for Zeeland Public Schools

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