These Are The 10 Best Detroit Suburbs For 2019


We analyzed over 75 places around Detroit to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Detroit suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Detroit are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Detroit for 2019:

  1. Huntington Woods (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Birmingham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Pleasant Ridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Beverly Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Grosse Pointe Farms (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Grosse Pointe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Village of Grosse Pointe Shores (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Grosse Pointe Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Berkley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Bloomfield Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you happen to be a resident of Huntington Woods, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Detroit ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Detroit for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Detroit was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Detroit.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 75 suburbs to evaluate around Detroit.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 75 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Detroit.” We’re lookin’ at you, Huntington Woods.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Huntington Woods, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,347
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $125,873
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Huntington Woods: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Huntington Woods is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Detroit area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Huntington Woods.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $125,873 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Detroit region. And only 330.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $321,400 each.

Birmingham, MI

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7.5
/10

Population: 20,836
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $114,537
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Birmingham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Birmingham is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Detroit for 2019.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 3.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 13th best.

Pleasant Ridge, MI

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10
/10

Population: 2,365
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $102,287
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Pleasant Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Pleasant Ridge, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Detroit metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Pleasant Ridge.

Beverly Hills, MI

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7.5
/10

Population: 10,424
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $111,765
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
More on Beverly Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Beverly Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Detroit for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Beverly Hills and the schools are some of the best around.

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

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10
/10

Population: 9,238
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $132,390
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Grosse Pointe Farms: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Grosse Pointe Farms.

Grosse Pointe Farms gets kudos for having the 11th most expensive homes in the Detroit area, where houses sell for an average of $298,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Grosse Pointe, MI

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10
/10

Population: 5,241
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $95,887
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Grosse Pointe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grosse Pointe is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 410.0% which is 24th best in the area.

According to online reports, Grosse Pointe is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Detroit area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

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7
/10

Population: 2,910
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Income: $156,842
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Village of Grosse Pointe Shores.

Village of Grosse Pointe Shores schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 12.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,240
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Income: $105,161
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Grosse Pointe Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grosse Pointe Park is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 3.0% of people lack insurance, good for 11th in the area.

Berkley, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,269
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $77,772
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Berkley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Berkley?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,981
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Income: $186,563
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Bloomfield Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Bloomfield Hills.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Detroit ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Detroit, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Detroit Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Huntington Woods 6,347 $125,873
2 Birmingham 20,836 $114,537
3 Pleasant Ridge 2,365 $102,287
4 Beverly Hills 10,424 $111,765
5 Grosse Pointe Farms 9,238 $132,390
6 Grosse Pointe 5,241 $95,887
7 Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores 2,910 $156,842
8 Grosse Pointe Park 11,240 $105,161
9 Berkley 15,269 $77,772
10 Bloomfield Hills 3,981 $186,563
11 Northville 5,998 $107,500
12 Lake Orion 3,116 $85,301
13 Grosse Pointe Woods 15,678 $95,697
14 Plymouth 9,005 $80,104
15 Royal Oak 58,973 $74,140
16 Franklin 3,218 $149,491
17 Rochester 12,987 $81,650
18 Farmington 10,560 $66,453
19 Milford 6,449 $74,779
20 Rochester Hills 73,458 $87,475
21 Novi 58,835 $88,667
22 Troy 83,336 $93,017
23 Clawson 12,006 $62,969
24 Rockwood 3,197 $64,904
25 Farmington Hills 81,235 $76,637
26 Livonia 94,708 $74,882
27 Wolverine Lake 4,483 $82,893
28 Allen Park 27,406 $69,134
29 New Baltimore 12,315 $76,655
30 South Lyon 11,695 $63,876
31 Trenton 18,392 $59,943
32 St. Clair Shores 59,865 $56,674
33 Woodhaven 12,565 $60,099
34 Wixom 13,777 $49,682
35 Ferndale 20,159 $61,060
36 Flat Rock 9,889 $63,375
37 Fraser 14,616 $53,328
38 Gibraltar 4,536 $62,167
39 Wyandotte 25,175 $54,709
40 Sterling Heights 131,996 $62,344
41 Southgate 29,291 $51,808
42 Riverview 12,192 $53,936
43 Walled Lake 7,174 $49,811
44 Keego Harbor 3,124 $44,080
45 Oak Park 29,824 $51,498
46 Carleton 2,364 $57,500
47 Auburn Hills 22,644 $58,438
48 Belleville 3,880 $45,223
49 Southfield 73,228 $52,470
50 Utica 4,873 $55,221
51 Westland 82,172 $46,230
52 New Haven 4,714 $55,972
53 Eastpointe 32,601 $46,512
54 Madison Heights 30,173 $46,687
55 Dearborn Heights 56,201 $47,794
56 Ypsilanti 20,804 $35,896
57 Romeo 4,016 $55,208
58 Roseville 47,617 $43,341
59 Harper Woods 13,890 $46,853
60 Dearborn 95,295 $50,329
61 Warren 135,147 $45,611
62 Lincoln Park 37,028 $42,119
63 Hazel Park 16,587 $35,148
64 Center Line 8,299 $37,958
65 Mount Clemens 16,383 $39,537
66 Taylor 61,648 $44,435
67 Wayne 17,090 $42,055
68 Romulus 23,479 $46,724
69 Melvindale 10,432 $39,056
70 Hamtramck 21,959 $24,369
71 Inkster 24,670 $32,379
72 Ecorse 9,321 $23,556
73 Pontiac 60,039 $31,401
74 Highland Park 10,955 $15,699
75 River Rouge 7,559 $29,671

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