The 10 Best Detroit, MI Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Detroit.
Best Neighborhoods In Detroit

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 2019:

  1. Indian Village (Homes)
  2. Palmer Woods (Homes)
  3. North Rosedale Park (Homes)
  4. Sherwood Forest (Homes)
  5. University District (Homes)
  6. Downtown (Homes)
  7. Detroit Golf (Homes)
  8. Jefferies (Homes)
  9. Rosedale Park (Homes)
  10. West Side Industrial (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Detroit for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Indian Village looks to be the best Detroit neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Detroit hoods in 2019

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 88 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, Indian Village.

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

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9
/10

Population: 1,672
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $220,450 (2nd best)
Median Income: $64,062 (6th best)
More on Indian Village: Homes For Sale | Data

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10
/10

Population: 1,003
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 19)
Median Home Value: $355,000 (1st best)
Median Income: $148,977 (1st best)
More on Palmer Woods: Homes For Sale | Data

North Rosedale Park Detroit, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,839
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $88,575 (15th best)
Median Income: $71,137 (4th best)
More on North Rosedale Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 904
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $166,100 (5th best)
Median Income: $101,429 (2nd best)
More on Sherwood Forest: Homes For Sale | Data

University District Detroit, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,702
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $145,725 (8th best)
Median Income: $77,849 (3rd best)
More on University District: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 4,983
Rank Last Year: 57 (Up 52)
Median Home Value: $86,940 (16th best)
Median Income: $39,360 (20th best)
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,616
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $177,640 (3rd best)
Median Income: $66,708 (5th best)
More on Detroit Golf: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,361
Rank Last Year: 74 (Up 66)
Median Home Value: $153,100 (6th best)
Median Income: $9,809 (88th best)
More on Jefferies: Homes For Sale | Data

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6
/10

Population: 3,323
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $77,150 (19th best)
Median Income: $54,763 (8th best)
More on Rosedale Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 399
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 7)
Median Home Value: $84,300 (17th best)
Median Income: $42,084 (17th best)
More on West Side Industrial: Homes For Sale | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Detroit

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Detroit aren’t all good. Forest Park takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Detroit.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Detroit For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Indian Village 1,672 $220,450 $64,062
2 Palmer Woods 1,003 $355,000 $148,977
3 North Rosedale Park 4,839 $88,575 $71,137
4 Sherwood Forest 904 $166,100 $101,429
5 University District 2,702 $145,725 $77,849
6 Downtown 4,983 $86,940 $39,360
7 Detroit Golf 1,616 $177,640 $66,708
8 Jefferies 1,361 $153,100 $9,809
9 Rosedale Park 3,323 $77,150 $54,763
10 West Side Industrial 399 $84,300 $42,084
11 Lafayette Park 5,574 $66,100 $25,886
12 Martin Park 4,948 $44,725 $41,604
13 Virginia Park 2,005 $69,733 $29,236
14 Grandmont 2,332 $53,600 $55,696
15 Corktown 592 $150,600 $34,167
16 Woodbridge 2,266 $117,600 $44,060
17 Aviation 3,888 $44,625 $37,824
18 West Village 1,168 $53,200 $24,191
19 Morningside 14,867 $45,932 $38,814
20 Jefferson Chalmers 5,689 $59,929 $31,505
21 Bagley 11,792 $48,720 $38,046
22 Michigan-Martin 1,002 $32,100 $30,051
23 Rivertown 925 $119,000 $48,429
24 Art Center 1,841 $77,650 $30,184
25 Grandmont-Rosedale 10,334 $48,643 $30,985
26 Castle Rouge 2,041 $47,100 $30,804
27 Belmont 2,238 $29,300 $42,218
28 Berg-Lasher 4,511 $49,500 $31,926
29 Southwest Detroit 14,928 $37,582 $25,383
30 Springwells 13,397 $32,206 $29,316
31 Green Acres 889 $92,100 $36,979
32 Joseph Barry 445 $104,400 $41,544
33 Boynton 6,897 $44,709 $27,823
34 Russell Woods 2,983 $47,850 $33,192
35 Park 4,597 $35,840 $45,081
36 Eliza Howell 839 $17,300 $45,321
37 Mohican Regent 3,055 $35,825 $32,005
38 Chandler Park 2,113 $22,133 $31,409
39 Midtown 8,324 $117,389 $19,407
40 Elmwood Park 6,871 $54,980 $19,106
41 East English Village 4,473 $50,525 $44,385
42 Lasalle Gardens 1,459 $42,600 $25,774
43 Marina District 386 $168,200 $32,467
44 Islandview 4,941 $44,429 $26,975
45 Regent Park 4,362 $40,133 $43,734
46 Hubbard-Richard 2,229 $46,767 $31,279
47 Brush Park 1,746 $71,250 $30,055
48 Millenium Village 1,211 $96,650 $35,035
49 Lasalle College Park 3,323 $40,225 $28,500
50 Grixdale 1,085 $18,750 $35,976
51 Old Redford 564 $59,400 $45,833
52 Eight Mile Wyoming 2,835 $37,060 $24,143
53 Conner Creek Ind 1,337 $66,267 $24,371
54 Westwood Park 664 $31,700 $26,000
55 Van Steuban 6,379 $30,738 $34,416
56 Franklin Park 11,290 $30,264 $29,235
57 Fishkorn 3,443 $36,880 $22,662
58 Fitzgerald 5,670 $40,510 $24,535
59 New Center 1,038 $56,833 $17,862
60 Barton-Mcfarland 8,306 $34,138 $25,195
61 Blackstone Park 2,082 $18,467 $22,553
62 Wayne State 4,223 $39,100 $21,459
63 Grandale 5,794 $28,318 $27,806
64 Oakwood Heights 164 $15,800 $38,333
65 Warrendale 17,417 $17,650 $27,970
66 The Eye 3,437 $27,325 $28,934
67 Greensbriar 2,531 $31,200 $31,313
68 Kranz Woods 4,297 $30,840 $20,637
69 Pulaski 4,741 $21,733 $32,341
70 Core City 3,511 $28,920 $25,587
71 Five Points 2,965 $29,700 $27,084
72 Carbon Works 615 $27,300 $33,125
73 Conant Gardens 1,080 $30,900 $25,622
74 Riverdale 5,084 $17,800 $28,243
75 Ravendale 2,166 $26,500 $29,362
76 State Fair Grounds 601 $62,300 $11,771
77 Brightmoor 9,961 $21,585 $24,947
78 Weatherby 1,643 $28,733 $23,734
79 Briggs 1,635 $29,900 $15,460
80 Mcdougall-Hunt 895 $20,100 $21,728
81 Nw Goldberg 1,265 $39,375 $17,793
82 Herman Gardens 504 $31,400 $16,440
83 Gold Coast 294 $24,900 $27,832
84 Petosky-Otsego 7,177 $23,667 $18,799
85 Milwaukee Junction 743 $10,300 $22,039
86 Poletown East 508 $13,280 $16,286
87 Chaldean Town 639 $5,200 $16,172
88 Forest Park 1,044 $14,000 $14,872

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