Maaleh Michmas was founded in 1981 and is currently home to about 240 families.

There are several educational institutions in the town, including a religious elementary school and kindergartens.

Cultural life in Michmas includes a library, cultural events catering to the diverse community, a youth center and an active study hall where classes on Judaism are offered daily. There are also several synagogues and mikvaot [ritual baths].

Other local businesses include an electronics factory, an oil exploration company, an architecture firm, accountants, engineers, a carpentry workshop and a second hand shop with clothing and household items. There are also private freelance businesses offering various treatments and massages for women and men, a beauty salon and various charitable services.