9.1 out of 10


42.6275885360806 -84.7404875753558
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parking
Not great for
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students


5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"Potterville – A Cursed City?"

Potterville is a quaint city just outside of Lansing. Houses are nice, landscaping is maintained and it feels more like a giant neighborhood than a city. There are only a little over 2,100 people living here and well over half have families, so it is a great place to go if you have children. The public schools are small and terrific, and of course, Michigan State University is only about 15 minutes away.

It is nice because it’s close enough to enjoy the amenities of Lansing without dealing with noise, traffic and a cluttered feeling all of the time. That being said, this city makes the news not because of crime, but because it seems to be a magnet for disaster. Lighting struck the water at Fox Park and traveled up the beach, injuring over 20 people in 1994 and the city felt a rare earthquake that same year. A train derailment occurred in 2002 carrying propane so the city was evacuated and fires seem to be an epidemic here. If that’s not enough, the area is plagued by more tornadoes than most locations in Michigan. Although disaster can strike anywhere, this city just seems to see more than its fair share.

Potterville is most well-known for County Mill Orchard and Cider . So, although residents here rarely see traffic, a lot of clutter can be expected around the mill on the weekends from people escaping Lansing to come enjoy cider and donuts. This is where you will get pumpkins at Halloween too! Potterville is really a fantastic city; you just have to be prepared with a disaster plan to live there.
  • Great sense of community
  • Fantastic schools
  • Prone to disaster
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

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