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:
- Huntington Woods (Photos)
- Birmingham (Photos)
- Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores
- Beverly Hills (Photos)
- Grosse Pointe Park (Photos)
- Pleasant Ridge (Photos)
- Grosse Pointe Farms (Photos)
- Grosse Pointe (Photos)
- Grosse Pointe Woods (Photos)
- 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.
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
Population: 6,330Unemployment 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.
Population: 20,653Unemployment 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
Population: 10,450Unemployment 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
Population: 11,276Unemployment 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
Population: 2,562Unemployment 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
Population: 9,265Unemployment 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
Population: 5,256Unemployment 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
Population: 15,785Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $197,600
Median Income: $93,404
Is ‘Everything Better In Grosse Pointe Woods?’
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.
Population: 15,239Unemployment 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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