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  1. Public Schools
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  2. Crime & Safety
    A
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    C
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-
Benzie County is located in Michigan with a population of 17,462. Benzie County is one of the best places to live in Michigan. In Benzie County, most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Benzie County and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Benzie County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$162,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$722
National
$949
Area Feel
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    12%
  • Own
    88%
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Benzie County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
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Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    154.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    309.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,478.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    77.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
C
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    17%
  • 65+ years
    24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Benzie County

Jobs
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Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$53,185
National
$55,322

Benzie County Reviews

2 reviews
I love the nature and the recreational activities the area offers. The areas is under developed in a community aspect. Things are very separated and far apart, their are very little activities for opportunities for the community members to engage and meet one another. If you are capable of entertaining yourself and engaging in the wonderful outdoor atmosphere, there are no complaints about the area!
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I live in Benzie County. It is a great place to live with beautiful sights to see. From the beaches at crystal lake to the small shops in Frankfort. The atmosphere is very nice and welcoming. I moved to Benzie county about three years ago and I love it. All the trees are so pretty in the fall, and in the winter the snow and all the frozen lakes are gorgeous.