These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Detroit, MI For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Detroit are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Detroit, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Detroit neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Detroit are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Detroit for 2018:

  1. North Rosedale Park (Homes)
  2. University District (Homes)
  3. Bagley (Homes)
  4. Martin Park (Homes)
  5. Aviation (Homes)
  6. Detroit Golf (Homes)
  7. Woodbridge (Homes)
  8. Art Center (Homes)
  9. Millenium Village (Homes)
  10. Grandmont-Rosedale (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Detroit that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Detroit.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Detroit for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Detroit, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 67 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Detroit.’ We’re lookin’ at you, North Rosedale Park.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Detroit has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. North Rosedale Park

North Rosedale Park Detroit, MI

Population: 5,051
Median Income: $70,326
Median Home Value: $74,625

Rosedale Park is a historic district located in Detroit, Michigan. It is roughly bounded by Fenkell, Outer Drive, Grand River Avenue, Southfield Freeway, Glastonbury Avenue, Lyndon Street and Westwood Drive. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. The Rosedale Park district has the largest number of individual properties of any district nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in Michigan, with 1533.
More on North Rosedale Park: Real Estate | Data

2. University District

University District Detroit, MI

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,589
Median Income: $91,180
Median Home Value: $134,175

University District is a neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Located one mile west of Woodward Avenue, the University District is named for its neighbor to the south, the University of Detroit Mercy. The neighborhood is bounded on the north by residential Seven Mile Road, on the south by McNichols Road and the UDM campus, and on the east by the Detroit Golf Club and Golf Club Estates. The western boundary is Livernois Avenue: once known to Detroiters as ‘the Avenue of Fashion’, this commercial boulevard of small shops is becoming Gallery Row, home to a growing collection of art galleries and art-related businesses.
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3. Bagley

Bagley Detroit, MI

Population: 12,087
Median Income: $40,140
Median Home Value: $59,413

The Bagley community is an area in Northwest Detroit whose boundaries are West Outer Drive to the north, Livernois Avenue to the east, West McNichols to the south, and Wyoming Avenue to the west. The community’s name is likely derived from Bagley Elementary School, which is the lone public school within the community.
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4. Martin Park

Population: 4,540
Median Income: $40,253
Median Home Value: $49,525

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5. Aviation

Population: 3,890
Median Income: $37,286
Median Home Value: $56,175

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6. Detroit Golf

Population: 1,433
Median Income: $80,087
Median Home Value: $179,340

The Detroit Golf Club is a private golf club located in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan in the middle of a neighborhood area on north side of the city near the University of Detroit Mercy and Palmer Woods Historic District. Bert Way designed the original 6-hole course, then it gradually improved to 9 holes, and finally Donald Ross built the current 36-hole course. The club grounds crew maintains two courses. The North and the South Course. The head pro is Jon Gates. On October 10, 2010 the club and sponsors have expressed interest in a PGA Tour event to be held possibly in the future.
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7. Woodbridge

Woodbridge Detroit, MI

Population: 2,189
Median Income: $41,324
Median Home Value: $112,300

Woodbridge is a historic neighborhood of primarily Victorian homes located in Detroit, Michigan. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, with later boundary increases in 1997 and 2008. In addition to its historic value, Woodbridge is also notable for being an intact neighborhood of turn-of-the-century homes within walking or biking distance of Detroit’s Downtown, Midtown, New Center, and Corktown neighborhoods.
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8. Art Center

Art Center Detroit, MI

Population: 1,791
Median Income: $31,560
Median Home Value: $60,050

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9. Millenium Village

Population: 1,179
Median Income: $40,171
Median Home Value: $86,100

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10. Grandmont-Rosedale

Population: 10,954
Median Income: $34,435
Median Home Value: $54,164

Rosedale Park is a historic district located in Detroit, Michigan. It is roughly bounded by Fenkell, Outer Drive, Grand River Avenue, Southfield Freeway, Glastonbury Avenue, Lyndon Street and Westwood Drive. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. The Rosedale Park district has the largest number of individual properties of any district nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in Michigan, with 1533.
More on Grandmont-Rosedale: Real Estate | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Detroit

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Detroit where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Detroit:

  1. Petosky-Otsego
  2. Brightmoor
  3. Kranz Woods

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Detroit

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 North Rosedale Park 5,051 $74,625 5,573 10.3%
2 University District 2,589 $134,175 2,708 11.8%
3 Bagley 12,087 $59,413 7,163 15.0%
4 Martin Park 4,540 $49,525 8,093 10.4%
5 Aviation 3,890 $56,175 7,518 12.7%
6 Detroit Golf 1,433 $179,340 2,708 12.2%
7 Woodbridge 2,189 $112,300 6,079 13.2%
8 Art Center 1,791 $60,050 5,274 11.1%
9 Millenium Village 1,179 $86,100 6,547 10.0%
10 Grandmont-Rosedale 10,954 $54,164 8,055 12.1%
11 Lafayette Park 5,101 $56,400 6,721 11.1%
12 Sherwood Forest 1,164 $174,400 2,708 6.5%
13 Rosedale Park 3,346 $70,875 5,088 9.3%
14 Indian Village 1,581 $220,350 2,708 6.2%
15 Morningside 15,845 $55,032 8,259 12.9%
16 Berg-Lasher 4,379 $62,320 7,694 13.3%
17 Virginia Park 2,117 $75,433 8,073 14.4%
18 Belmont 2,256 $63,850 7,910 9.5%
19 Brush Park 1,645 $62,800 6,275 16.8%
20 East English Village 3,819 $52,238 7,618 12.5%
21 Grandmont 2,403 $48,933 6,636 9.7%
22 Castle Rouge 2,126 $40,950 8,358 12.3%
23 Regent Park 4,614 $50,011 8,003 13.5%
24 Russell Woods 3,140 $50,675 8,815 18.1%
25 Wayne State 3,651 $61,050 7,537 10.9%
26 Conner Creek Ind 1,206 $62,167 8,580 12.6%
27 Mohican Regent 2,885 $36,475 8,729 11.1%
28 Boynton 6,914 $47,264 8,769 11.3%
29 Jefferson Chalmers 5,969 $55,786 8,181 13.0%
30 Grixdale 1,008 $48,550 7,858 20.1%
31 Eight Mile Wyoming 3,483 $52,400 9,210 13.0%
32 Southwest Detroit 14,956 $37,845 9,811 11.4%
33 Islandview 5,140 $56,757 8,637 12.8%
34 Springwells 13,760 $37,950 9,816 13.3%
35 Elmwood Park 6,768 $49,520 8,331 13.5%
36 Fishkorn 3,325 $53,720 8,714 12.2%
37 Midtown 7,192 $55,333 7,746 8.7%
38 West Village 1,100 $56,600 6,978 9.1%
39 Park 4,104 $49,480 7,745 9.9%
40 Downtown 4,399 $31,260 4,408 6.2%
41 Minock Park 1,069 $57,350 8,100 16.8%
42 Fitzgerald 6,286 $49,290 9,534 14.4%
43 Lasalle College Park 3,179 $42,975 9,513 17.6%
44 Chandler Park 1,788 $34,733 9,333 14.1%
45 Conant Gardens 1,139 $51,550 8,653 22.3%
46 Ravendale 2,317 $37,860 9,197 13.9%
47 Warrendale 18,565 $33,445 9,660 17.5%
48 Blackstone Park 2,446 $44,433 8,088 12.1%
49 Barton-Mcfarland 8,925 $39,908 9,319 15.8%
50 Jefferies 1,210 $96,300 7,710 7.2%
51 Lasalle Gardens 1,430 $40,400 9,138 16.7%
52 Franklin Park 10,422 $35,436 9,484 15.9%
53 Pulaski 5,563 $33,350 9,839 18.5%
54 Briggs 1,533 $29,433 10,295 14.8%
55 Core City 3,359 $44,800 9,281 13.1%
56 Hubbard-Richard 2,026 $39,300 8,190 9.3%
57 Greensbriar 3,016 $36,025 9,834 22.1%
58 Nw Goldberg 1,596 $47,875 9,794 11.4%
59 The Eye 3,443 $29,375 9,865 15.8%
60 Van Steuban 6,100 $33,050 9,596 17.4%
61 Grandale 6,196 $38,773 9,304 9.9%
62 Weatherby 2,092 $34,100 9,983 23.4%
63 Five Points 2,712 $32,150 9,256 18.2%
64 Riverdale 4,895 $29,570 9,290 16.7%
65 Kranz Woods 4,090 $34,620 9,964 22.9%
66 Brightmoor 9,811 $31,350 9,663 16.2%
67 Petosky-Otsego 8,585 $31,467 9,989 17.2%

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