These Are The 10 Best Detroit Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 75 places around Detroit to identify the most in demand places 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 | Homes)
  2. Birmingham (Photos | Homes)
  3. Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores (Homes)
  4. Beverly Hills (Photos | Homes)
  5. Grosse Pointe Park (Photos | Homes)
  6. Pleasant Ridge (Photos | Homes)
  7. Grosse Pointe Farms (Photos | Homes)
  8. Grosse Pointe (Photos | Homes)
  9. Grosse Pointe Woods (Photos | Homes)
  10. Berkley (Photos | Homes)

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 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.

1. Huntington Woods

Huntington Woods, Michigan

Population: 6,330
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $298,800
Median Income: $121,528
More on Huntington Woods: Real Estate | Data

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

Population: 20,653
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $439,000
Median Income: $112,545
More on Birmingham: Real Estate | Data

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

Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan

Population: 2,933
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $431,200
Median Income: $151,440
More on Village of Grosse Pointe Shores: Real Estate | Data

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

Population: 10,450
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Median Home Price: $320,200
Median Income: $108,214
More on Beverly Hills: Real Estate | Data

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

Population: 11,276
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $313,300
Median Income: $101,484
More on Grosse Pointe Park: Real Estate | Data

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

Population: 2,562
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $268,400
Median Income: $107,656
More on Pleasant Ridge: Real Estate | Data

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

Population: 9,265
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $287,100
Median Income: $119,500
More on Grosse Pointe Farms: Real Estate | Data

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

Population: 5,256
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Median Home Price: $288,800
Median Income: $92,500
More on Grosse Pointe: Real Estate | Data

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

Population: 15,785
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $197,600
Median Income: $93,404
More on Grosse Pointe Woods: Real Estate | Data

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

Population: 15,239
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $159,400
Median Income: $74,172
More on Berkley: Real Estate | Data

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

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

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