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What are the best cities to live in near Detroit?

Written by Posted On Monday, 12 February 2018 19:15

If you are moving to Michigan and wondering what are the best cities near Detroit or in the Detroit suburbs let me help you out.  First let's define what are the best cities.  I am not going to talk about ease of access to highways, good city services, low taxes, or most of the demographics that some people may want to check out too.  I am going to talk about one of the most important criteria for Michigan relocation buyers....schools.   When relocation buyers come in they are very interested in the schools and which ones are best for their children.  Even more so than buyers that live in the area.

One of the criteria I feel for home values being stable in a community or have growth potential is good schools.  Home buyers whether they are moving from out of state or just moving within Michigan tend to pick communities that have a good school district and good schools.  After being in real estate for 18 years I see a direct correlation between good schools and good home prices.  I believe that if you buy in a community that has good schools and low crime you are going to be in a good position when you go to sell in the years to come.  I believe if you do that your homes value will have increased over the years in a good market.  Better than surrounding cities.  Plus, when there is a downturn in the Metro Detroit real estate market your home's value should hold up better than homes in a city with higher crime and poor schools.

School District  Zillow   Niche  

Top High Schools

By Newsweek

Saline Y * x
Brighton Y *


Grosse Pointe         Y      *     x    
Ann Arbor Y * x
Plymouth Y * x
South Lyon Y * x
Northville Y *  
Novi Y * x
Walled Lake Y * x
Birmingham Y * x
Troy Y * x
Berkley Y *  
Grosse Ile Y * x
Lakeview Y * x
Rochester Y * x
Lake Orion Y *  
Bloomfield N *  
West Bloomfield N *  
Farmington  N * x
Hartland N * x
Trenton N *  
Allen Park N *  
Dearborn N * x
Livonia N *  

I went through and did some research online and found several other ranking sources like greatschoolsdotorg and schooldiggerdotcom and neighborhoodscoutdotcom.  These sites get more indepth about individual schools including elementary, middle, and high schools.  They rank the schools individually.   Zillow receives school ratings from GreatSchoolsdotorg  and lumps them together and the school attendance zone information is imported from Pitney Bowes.  Niche analzyes data from the U.S. Department of Education, other public data, and over 60 million K-12 school reviews and survey responses.  I do not know how Newsweek comes up with the top high schools.

If you look at the different school ranking websites they are pretty consistent on the top schools.  It is always interesting to me because sometimes I think average school systems are good.  However if a school system is poor, buyers know about it and tend to avoid that city.  So school systems are important.  Years ago I dated a lady and she lived in a neighborhood that another school district covered.  It was less desirable school district than the rest of the city had.  She used to get upset with me when I mentioned that buyers thought the school district was bad.  As she put it, it not always the school district if the parents are involved.  She pointed out some of the kids that went onto U of M from this "poorer school district".  My son went to a private Catholic school that was ranked well.  However when the kids went off to college there was a percentage that didn't make it in college.  It wasn't lack of prepration, it was the kids. So yes your child can still prosper in an average school district.

Metro Detroit has many great cities with low crime and good schools.  I hope this little article helped you find out what the best citie to live in near Detroit.    


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