It's an interesting thought - what's the largest city in Michigan without any suburbs. To answer the question you have to define what a suburb is. For this survey we'll define a suburb as an incorporated city or village adjacent to a larger city. Townships won't count for this list.

The idea was based on a thread from Reddit asking about the largest US cities without suburbs. No cities from Michigan made that discussion - and there wasn't really much of a consensus.

It may lead to some interesting debate, but here's how we score it.

Looking at the largest cities in Michigan, Detroit certainly has counties worth of suburbs. Grand Rapids has Grandville, Walker, Kentwood and Wyoming.

Lansing may be debatable. Is East Lansing a suburb of Lansing? We'll say yes and not count Lansing.

Same for Ann Arbor. While you may be tempted to not count Ypsi, you would have to count the village of Barton Hills, so A2 is out.

98.7 WFGR logo
Get our free mobile app

Next largest is Flint. With Grand Blanc, Burton and Mount Morris, that's a nada.

Kalamazoo has Parchment and Portage. Some Portagers may say Kalamazoo is a suburb of Portage - but that's another article.

Next on the list of most populated Michigan cities are Battle Creek (Springfield) and Saginaw (Zilwaukee) until we get to the largest Michigan city without a suburb - Midland. There is no other city or village that would be considered a suburb of Midland.

READ MORE: You'll Never Guess Michigan's 10 Largest Cities in 1850

Getting to ever smaller cities, they have at least one suburb: Muskegon (North Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, Norton Shores, Roosevelt Park), Holland (Zeeland), Bay City (Essexville) and then comes the next largest city without a suburb, Jackson.

Next on the list is Port Huron which has a suburb of Marysville. Following Port Huron are the next five cities that count on the lack of suburbs list, Mount Pleasant, Adrian, Marquette, Monroe and Traverse City.

And that's where we'll cut the list as we've gotten down to cities like Owosso and Niles - no offense to those cities, but they're not ones you'd think of having suburbs in the first place.

So these are the largest cities in Michigan without a suburb with 2020 Census population data:

Midland 42,547

Jackson 31,309

Mount Pleasant 21,688

Adrian 20,645

Marquette 20,629

Monroe 20,462

Traverse City 15,678

Most popular grocery stores in America

The most popular grocery stores in America, from corporate chains to family-owned enterprises. Stacker ranked them using consumer ratings sourced from YouGov polls.

Gallery Credit: Stacker