Best place to raise kids in Michigan: Spring Arbor
Nearby city: Jackson
Median family income: $71,249
A tiny university town in the midst of Michigan farmland, it is home to the main campus of Spring Arbor University, a liberal arts school with more than 2,000 students. The town maintains a rural feel and plenty of parks to play in, such as Lime Lake, where residents swim and fish in the summer. For golfers, there is the public Arbor Hills Golf Club, a formerly private course designed in 1925.