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:
- Grosse Pointe Park (Photos)
- Birmingham (Photos)
- Huntington Woods (Photos)
- Grosse Pointe Woods (Photos)
- Rochester (Photos)
- Plymouth (Photos)
- Grosse Pointe (Photos)
- Beverly Hills (Photos)
- Grosse Pointe Farms (Photos)
- 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.
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.
1. Grosse Pointe Park
Population: 11,412Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Median Home Price: $271,200
Median Income: $97,083
Population: 20,382Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $371,100
Median Income: $107,161
3. Huntington Woods
Population: 6,310Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Median Home Price: $266,100
Median Income: $113,750
4. Grosse Pointe Woods
Population: 15,943Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Median Home Price: $180,000
Median Income: $89,513
Population: 12,872Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $280,000
Median Income: $76,133
Population: 9,029Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Median Home Price: $205,100
Median Income: $67,350
7. Grosse Pointe
Population: 5,350Unemployment Rate: 10.3%
Median Home Price: $248,600
Median Income: $100,688
8. Beverly Hills
Population: 10,368Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Median Home Price: $269,200
Median Income: $103,011
9. Grosse Pointe Farms
Population: 9,371Unemployment Rate: 8.0%
Median Home Price: $249,200
Median Income: $113,969
Population: 15,136Unemployment 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
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