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This page contains a list of cities in Michigan, and other information about local governments.

Michigan allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 83 total counties in Michigan. Of those 83:[1]

There are 533 total municipalities in Michigan. Of those 533, 210 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 323 are Charter/Home rule municipalities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Michigan consists of:

  • 277 city governments
  • 256 village governments
  • 1240 township governments
  • 83 county governments
  • In addition, there are 445 special districts and 576 independent school districts.[2]

Further classification:

Counties may be general law or chartered. 2 counties, Wayne and Macomb, are governed under a charter.

All 277 cities are governed under a charter. Villages have the option of adopting a charter, and 46 have done so.[1]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Michigan

An initiative process is available in:

  • 2 charter counties which have a mandated initiative process.
  • 46 Home-rule villages which have a mandated initiative process.
  • 277 charter cities which have a mandated initiative process for charter amendments. Cities may also adopt initiative for ordinances in their charter, and many have done so.[1]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Michigan
City[3] Population City Type Next election
Detroit 706,585 Charter 2017
Grand Rapids 189,815 Charter N/A
Warren 134,243 Charter N/A
Sterling Heights 129,880 Charter N/A
Ann Arbor 114,925 Charter N/A
Lansing 114,605 Charter N/A
Flint 101,558 Charter N/A
Dearborn 97,144 Charter N/A
Livonia 95,958 Charter N/A
Westland 83,239 Charter N/A

Full list of cities

See also: List of Michigan cities
A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there were 533 incorporated cities and towns in Michigan. A full list of cities in Michigan is available here.

See also