The 10 Best Detroit Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 75 places around Detroit to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Detroit suburbs.

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...

What's the best suburb of Detroit? Grosse Pointe ranks as the best suburb of Detroit for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Grosse Pointe, 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Michigan:

The 10 Best Detroit Suburbs To Live For 2021

Grosse Pointe, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,206
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Median Income: $106,932
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Grosse Pointe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grosse Pointe is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Detroit area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Grosse Pointe."

Everyone here is rich; families average $106,932 a year, which is the 11th highest in the Detroit region. And only 3.31% are out of work. Homes average more than $349,800 each.

Birmingham, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,201
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $122,804
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.3%
More on Birmingham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Birmingham is the second best 'burb we looked at near Detroit for 2021.

It ranks 8th for incomes in the area and only 1.67% of residents lack insurance, good for 9th best.

Huntington Woods, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,322
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $136,331
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Huntington Woods: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Huntington Woods, 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 Huntington Woods.

Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,767
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $161,944
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Village of Grosse Pointe Shores ranks as the 4th best suburb of Detroit for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Village of Grosse Pointe Shores and the schools are some of the best around.

Pleasant Ridge, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,431
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $122,813
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Pleasant Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Pleasant Ridge.

Pleasant Ridge gets kudos for having the 11th most expensive homes in the Detroit area, where houses sell for an average of $346,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,153
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Median Income: $115,341
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Grosse Pointe Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grosse Pointe Park 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 2.99% which is 18th best in the area.

According to online reports, Grosse Pointe Park is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Detroit area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,168
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $143,711
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Grosse Pointe Farms: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,498
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $104,848
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Grosse Pointe Woods: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grosse Pointe Woods 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 2.03% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

Berkley, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,372
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $86,905
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Berkley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Berkley?'

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.

Beverly Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,387
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $127,419
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
More on Beverly Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Beverly Hills.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Detroit for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2015-2019 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, Grosse Pointe. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Detroit 'Burbs of 2021

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.

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Detroit Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Grosse Pointe, MI 5,206 $106,932
2 Birmingham, MI 21,201 $122,804
3 Huntington Woods, MI 6,322 $136,331
4 Village Of Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 2,767 $161,944
5 Pleasant Ridge, MI 2,431 $122,813
6 Grosse Pointe Park, MI 11,153 $115,341
7 Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 9,168 $143,711
8 Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 15,498 $104,848
9 Berkley, MI 15,372 $86,905
10 Beverly Hills, MI 10,387 $127,419
11 Northville, MI 6,007 $114,346
12 Bloomfield Hills, MI 4,004 $178,894
13 Franklin, MI 3,310 $161,607
14 Lake Orion, MI 3,141 $90,099
15 Royal Oak, MI 59,195 $81,665
16 Plymouth, MI 9,124 $83,073
17 Farmington, MI 10,563 $76,102
18 Rochester Hills, MI 74,206 $93,953
19 Novi, MI 60,014 $98,020
20 Troy, MI 83,989 $101,882
21 Clawson, MI 11,971 $67,717
22 Wolverine Lake, MI 4,648 $85,019
23 Rochester, MI 13,162 $89,904
24 Milford, MI 6,499 $78,446
25 New Baltimore, MI 12,358 $77,730
26 Ferndale, MI 20,137 $71,807
27 Livonia, MI 94,249 $80,149
28 Farmington Hills, MI 81,214 $83,268
29 South Lyon, MI 11,788 $73,200
30 St. Clair Shores, MI 59,528 $60,805
31 Allen Park, MI 27,216 $67,130
32 Wixom, MI 13,902 $53,259
33 Rockwood, MI 3,186 $76,313
34 Trenton, MI 18,295 $67,294
35 Woodhaven, MI 12,518 $64,501
36 Belleville, MI 3,889 $52,924
37 Fraser, MI 14,580 $59,089
38 Gibraltar, MI 4,535 $70,078
39 Southgate, MI 29,165 $57,133
40 Oak Park, MI 29,726 $52,584
41 Wyandotte, MI 25,044 $54,462
42 Sterling Heights, MI 132,476 $64,833
43 Riverview, MI 12,137 $58,246
44 Keego Harbor, MI 3,252 $47,301
45 Southfield, MI 73,174 $55,705
46 Flat Rock, MI 9,967 $57,080
47 Madison Heights, MI 30,120 $53,439
48 Walled Lake, MI 7,173 $52,313
49 Auburn Hills, MI 23,572 $64,186
50 Utica, MI 5,006 $56,033
51 Westland, MI 81,938 $50,710
52 Romeo, MI 3,836 $58,668
53 Center Line, MI 8,260 $45,242
54 Carleton, MI 2,432 $56,250
55 Dearborn Heights, MI 55,857 $49,750
56 Eastpointe, MI 32,443 $49,849
57 Dearborn, MI 94,701 $53,670
58 Ypsilanti, MI 20,828 $39,332
59 Roseville, MI 47,400 $47,648
60 Harper Woods, MI 13,895 $48,418
61 Warren, MI 134,797 $49,619
62 Lincoln Park, MI 36,697 $44,554
63 Mount Clemens, MI 16,315 $43,018
64 Hazel Park, MI 16,525 $38,903
65 Taylor, MI 61,379 $50,053
66 New Haven, MI 4,785 $60,924
67 Wayne, MI 16,976 $46,875
68 Melvindale, MI 10,348 $41,629
69 Hamtramck, MI 21,822 $27,166
70 Romulus, MI 23,527 $51,504
71 Inkster, MI 24,520 $32,014
72 Ecorse, MI 9,432 $28,991
73 Highland Park, MI 10,867 $18,474
74 Pontiac, MI 59,955 $33,568
75 River Rouge, MI 7,502 $25,517

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.