These Are The 10 Best Detroit Suburbs


We analyzed over 61 places around Detroit to identify the most kickass place to live.

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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:

  1. Grosse Pointe Park (Photos)
  2. Birmingham (Photos)
  3. Huntington Woods (Photos)
  4. Grosse Pointe Woods (Photos)
  5. Rochester (Photos)
  6. Plymouth (Photos)
  7. Grosse Pointe (Photos)
  8. Beverly Hills (Photos)
  9. Grosse Pointe Farms (Photos)
  10. Berkley (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Grosse Pointe Park, 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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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Detroit

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

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Detroit, Mi Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 61 suburbs to evaluate around Detroit.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 61 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, Grosse Pointe Park.

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.

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1. Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,412
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Median Home Price: $271,200
Median Income: $97,083

2. Birmingham

Birmingham, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,382
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $371,100
Median Income: $107,161

3. Huntington Woods

Huntington Woods, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,310
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Median Home Price: $266,100
Median Income: $113,750

4. Grosse Pointe Woods

Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,943
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Median Home Price: $180,000
Median Income: $89,513

5. Rochester

Rochester, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,872
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $280,000
Median Income: $76,133

6. Plymouth

Plymouth, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,029
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Median Home Price: $205,100
Median Income: $67,350

7. Grosse Pointe

Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,350
Unemployment Rate: 10.3%
Median Home Price: $248,600
Median Income: $100,688

8. Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,368
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Median Home Price: $269,200
Median Income: $103,011

9. Grosse Pointe Farms

Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,371
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%
Median Home Price: $249,200
Median Income: $113,969

10. Berkley

Berkley, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,136
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Median Home Price: $145,200
Median Income: $70,625

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

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 Burbs To Live Around Detroit

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Grosse Pointe Park 1 11,412 5.7% $271,200 $97,083
Birmingham 2 20,382 4.3% $371,100 $107,161
Huntington Woods 3 6,310 3.3% $266,100 $113,750
Grosse Pointe Woods 4 15,943 7.8% $180,000 $89,513
Rochester 5 12,872 6.0% $280,000 $76,133
Plymouth 6 9,029 6.2% $205,100 $67,350
Grosse Pointe 7 5,350 10.3% $248,600 $100,688
Beverly Hills 8 10,368 6.1% $269,200 $103,011
Grosse Pointe Farms 9 9,371 8.0% $249,200 $113,969
Berkley 10 15,136 7.3% $145,200 $70,625
Northville 11 6,001 9.1% $243,300 $91,270
New Baltimore 12 12,144 5.5% $168,200 $80,762
Royal Oak 13 58,382 5.8% $159,000 $64,873
Clawson 14 11,943 9.6% $122,900 $54,021
Troy 15 82,106 7.4% $220,100 $84,325
Rochester Hills 16 72,195 7.2% $215,200 $80,806
Novi 17 56,887 6.0% $235,600 $80,299
Farmington Hills 18 80,682 5.9% $200,100 $71,061
Farmington 19 10,472 7.3% $152,600 $58,908
Ferndale 20 20,102 10.5% $92,100 $50,590
Wixom 21 13,640 6.9% $174,600 $47,353
Livonia 22 95,888 7.6% $153,800 $69,386
Woodhaven 23 12,747 7.5% $125,100 $58,609
Milford 24 6,325 10.6% $164,100 $69,472
Sterling Heights 25 130,604 10.2% $143,500 $58,800
Wyandotte 26 25,470 10.9% $85,100 $51,074
St. Clair Shores 27 59,865 10.2% $92,100 $53,252
Walled Lake 28 7,065 10.5% $102,300 $46,098
Allen Park 29 27,869 10.0% $94,300 $60,655
Auburn Hills 30 21,639 9.9% $113,600 $52,949
Fraser 31 14,544 10.7% $110,100 $51,230
Riverview 32 12,347 9.5% $118,600 $49,583
Southgate 33 29,710 9.9% $85,900 $48,924
Trenton 34 18,635 9.6% $115,200 $53,257
Dearborn 35 96,739 11.7% $102,800 $46,776
Oak Park 36 29,622 14.2% $79,800 $47,292
Center Line 37 8,279 12.9% $60,700 $31,675
Garden City 38 27,356 11.4% $80,100 $51,461
Harper Woods 39 14,058 12.8% $64,700 $48,111
Dearborn Heights 40 57,063 13.2% $81,900 $44,440
Eastpointe 41 32,526 16.3% $58,800 $40,997
Southfield 42 72,480 13.5% $104,100 $49,548
Westland 43 83,188 11.5% $88,200 $43,903
Flat Rock 44 9,859 12.5% $99,100 $55,038
Warren 45 134,398 13.2% $86,200 $43,500
Madison Heights 46 30,028 12.2% $80,300 $40,820
Melvindale 47 10,584 15.0% $54,300 $33,834
Lincoln Park 48 37,648 13.8% $58,700 $39,871
Hazel Park 49 16,532 16.8% $49,100 $31,596
Romulus 50 23,721 16.5% $68,700 $44,525
Roseville 51 47,408 13.3% $62,300 $40,646
Hamtramck 52 22,256 19.6% $39,800 $25,183
Mount Clemens 53 16,345 16.8% $75,600 $36,348
Inkster 54 25,056 20.8% $51,700 $27,849
Detroit 55 695,437 27.1% $45,100 $26,095
Ecorse 56 9,401 25.4% $39,200 $29,846
Wayne 57 17,314 14.5% $66,000 $39,333
Taylor 58 62,331 16.4% $73,900 $41,742
River Rouge 59 7,761 26.4% $36,800 $26,661
Highland Park 60 10,951 35.0% $39,100 $19,391
Pontiac 61 59,658 21.0% $55,300 $27,632

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