These Are The 10 Best Detroit Suburbs For 2018


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 for 2018:

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

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.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Michigan check out the best places in Michigan overall or the worst.

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.

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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Detroit for 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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.

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1. Huntington Woods

Huntington Woods, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,330
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $298,800
Median Income: $121,528
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 $121,528 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Detroit region. And only 4.1% are out of work. Homes average more than $298,800 each.

2. Birmingham

Birmingham, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,653
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $439,000
Median Income: $112,545
Birmingham is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Detroit for 2018.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 3.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

3. Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores


Population: 2,933
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $431,200
Median Income: $151,440
Here in Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, 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 Village of Grosse Pointe Shores.

4. Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,450
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Median Home Price: $320,200
Median Income: $108,214
Beverly Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Detroit for 2018.

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.

5. Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,276
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $313,300
Median Income: $101,484
Coming in as the fifth best is Grosse Pointe Park.

Grosse Pointe Park gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Detroit area, where houses sell for an average of $313,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Pleasant Ridge

Pleasant Ridge, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,562
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $268,400
Median Income: $107,656
Pleasant Ridge 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 5.2% which is 25th best in the area.

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

7. Grosse Pointe Farms

Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,265
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $287,100
Median Income: $119,500
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Grosse Pointe Farms.

Grosse Pointe Farms 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 10.9 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Grosse Pointe

Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,256
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Median Home Price: $288,800
Median Income: $92,500
Grosse Pointe 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 3.5% of people lack insurance, good for 10th in the area.

9. Grosse Pointe Woods

Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,785
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $197,600
Median Income: $93,404
Is ‘Everything Better In Grosse Pointe Woods?’

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.

10. Berkley

Berkley, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,239
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $159,400
Median Income: $74,172
And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Berkley.

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 2018

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

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Huntington Woods 1 6,330 4.1% $298,800 $121,528
Birmingham 2 20,653 3.6% $439,000 $112,545
Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores 3 2,933 4.4% $431,200 $151,440
Beverly Hills 4 10,450 3.3% $320,200 $108,214
Grosse Pointe Park 5 11,276 5.1% $313,300 $101,484
Pleasant Ridge 6 2,562 5.2% $268,400 $107,656
Grosse Pointe Farms 7 9,265 4.7% $287,100 $119,500
Grosse Pointe 8 5,256 5.9% $288,800 $92,500
Grosse Pointe Woods 9 15,785 5.8% $197,600 $93,404
Berkley 10 15,239 4.4% $159,400 $74,172
Plymouth 11 8,956 3.6% $240,200 $78,254
Franklin 12 3,262 3.5% $509,300 $150,250
Bloomfield Hills 13 3,984 4.7% $794,600 $169,265
Rochester 14 12,969 5.7% $308,700 $76,616
Northville 15 5,986 5.5% $298,900 $99,052
Royal Oak 16 58,823 4.3% $175,200 $68,504
Farmington 17 10,526 4.8% $165,800 $64,388
Novi 18 58,233 3.9% $266,000 $86,193
Rochester Hills 19 72,987 4.6% $247,500 $83,507
Milford 20 6,434 4.5% $189,800 $71,250
Lake Orion 21 3,040 6.2% $250,000 $76,169
New Baltimore 22 12,266 4.8% $191,000 $74,431
Wolverine Lake 23 4,410 3.3% $165,500 $81,559
Livonia 24 94,849 5.5% $162,000 $71,063
Clawson 25 12,008 5.6% $139,100 $59,259
Troy 26 82,982 5.3% $247,200 $88,954
Farmington Hills 27 81,154 4.7% $216,200 $71,463
South Lyon 28 11,672 4.2% $161,100 $62,523
Allen Park 29 27,519 5.6% $99,800 $65,848
Trenton 30 18,426 4.4% $123,400 $56,888
Woodhaven 31 12,590 7.0% $135,000 $58,500
St. Clair Shores 32 59,916 7.7% $102,400 $54,590
Fraser 33 14,620 6.1% $121,000 $52,865
Wixom 34 13,733 4.5% $205,900 $47,856
Walled Lake 35 7,102 4.5% $122,700 $48,324
Rockwood 36 3,209 4.6% $114,100 $55,636
Ferndale 37 20,167 6.0% $111,000 $55,159
New Haven 38 4,686 4.7% $117,100 $59,500
Sterling Heights 39 131,674 6.5% $154,000 $60,492
Wyandotte 40 25,225 8.8% $86,200 $52,020
Southgate 41 29,355 7.8% $87,900 $51,138
Riverview 42 12,208 5.8% $123,200 $53,502
Gibraltar 43 4,547 10.3% $111,700 $64,016
Flat Rock 44 9,836 7.8% $115,100 $57,500
Belleville 45 3,896 6.1% $124,600 $45,737
Utica 46 4,838 7.1% $127,700 $51,325
Oak Park 47 29,751 8.5% $82,500 $49,811
Southfield 48 73,055 9.8% $113,100 $50,371
Auburn Hills 49 22,342 7.5% $121,000 $53,686
Carleton 50 2,352 6.3% $94,300 $50,972
Keego Harbor 51 3,022 6.9% $111,100 $43,281
Westland 52 82,218 7.6% $96,700 $44,808
Eastpointe 53 32,648 11.6% $59,700 $44,240
Dearborn Heights 54 56,329 8.7% $84,900 $45,929
Harper Woods 55 13,895 14.0% $66,200 $49,306
Madison Heights 56 30,168 6.5% $84,000 $43,158
Ypsilanti 57 20,577 10.9% $130,000 $33,055
Romeo 58 3,919 8.8% $161,500 $47,813
Dearborn 59 95,520 9.0% $112,200 $48,421
Roseville 60 47,606 9.8% $66,100 $42,036
Center Line 61 8,313 8.6% $59,800 $35,955
Warren 62 135,069 10.3% $93,400 $44,017
Lincoln Park 63 37,155 11.3% $60,500 $41,406
Hazel Park 64 16,587 8.3% $51,200 $33,379
Mount Clemens 65 16,390 11.9% $81,600 $37,266
Wayne 66 17,143 6.7% $65,900 $40,973
Taylor 67 61,716 11.6% $75,600 $41,897
Melvindale 68 10,437 9.5% $57,600 $36,870
Romulus 69 23,457 13.0% $72,800 $44,727
Inkster 70 24,738 14.2% $45,000 $31,285
Hamtramck 71 21,985 14.1% $47,300 $23,609
Ecorse 72 9,270 21.4% $39,600 $26,496
Pontiac 73 59,920 16.1% $53,700 $30,152
Highland Park 74 10,978 28.9% $32,600 $17,455
River Rouge 75 7,609 23.3% $35,600 $27,463

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