The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Detroit For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Detroit.
Best Neighborhoods In Detroit

If you're thinking of moving to Michigan and you haven't experienced the magic of the Michigan mitten yet, you should definitely start your search in Detroit. The Motor City has some very cool, diverse neighborhoods that deserve your attention, and HomeSnacks is here to tell you the top ten best neighborhoods in Detroit for 2021.

To be eligible for our list, a Motown neighborhood had to be strong in areas like jobs, affordability, safety, and fun stuff to do. To get this data, we ran each neighborhood through our Snackability formula that looked for excellence in the same criteria. We also consulted the latest census data for median income levels and median home values.

The following is what we learned:

Many of Detroit's best neighborhoods are located on the city's northeast side along the Detroit River; and if you're lucky enough to call one of these gems home, you will have scenic views, accessible marinas, and pedestrian and bicycle friendly streets. Neighborhoods like Jeffries will put you in the middle of Detroit Lions' territory at the base of Ford Field; and of course, Downtown, will put you in the middle of everything Detroit.

And for all of you people who base every major life's decisions around good food, we can personally verify that Detroit's best neighborhoods are definitely not lacking in tasty treats. There are little corner spots like Mudgie's Deli in the West Side Industrial neighborhood that serve up some of the finest smoked meat sandwiches and Legends on Livernois St. in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood makes a pizza that rivals Chicago's deep dish.

Great food, great views, low crime, and affordability are qualities that can be found in Detroit's top ten best neighborhoods; but if you want to know what neighborhood has it all, keep reading.

Detroit's 85 neighborhoods are starting to see an influx of residents as many of these places are undergoing a sort of revitalization. Surprisingly, you can scoop up great homes in The Big D's best neighborhoods for $53,859. And in Detroit's number one neighborhood, you can be close to the riverfront.

So, what is Detroit's number one neighborhood? According to the latest data, that would be Indian Village.

To see how your favorite Detroit neighborhoods compared, take a look below.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Detroit

Population: 1,672
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $220,450 (best)
Median Income: $64,062 (Fourth best)
More on Indian Village: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 4,983
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $86,940 (14th best)
Median Income: $39,360 (18th best)
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

North Rosedale Park Detroit, MI

Population: 4,839
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $88,575 (13th best)
Median Income: $71,137 (Second best)
More on North Rosedale Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 8,324
Rank Last Year: 39 (Up 35)
Median Home Value: $117,389 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $19,407 (74th best)
More on Midtown: Homes For Sale | Data

University District Detroit, MI

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,702
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $145,725 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $77,849 (best)
More on University District: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,238
Rank Last Year: 27 (Up 21)
Median Home Value: $29,300 (64th best)
Median Income: $42,218 (14th best)
More on Belmont: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,616
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $177,640 (Second best)
Median Income: $66,708 (Third best)
More on Detroit Golf: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,361
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $153,100 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $9,809 (85th best)
More on Jefferies: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 592
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $150,600 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $34,167 (26th best)
More on Corktown: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 399
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $84,300 (15th best)
Median Income: $42,084 (15th best)
More on West Side Industrial: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Detroit, MI Neighborhoods In 2021

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 85 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.

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. Chaldean Town 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 2021

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

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.

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