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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    D+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Detroit is a city in Michigan with a population of 679,865. Detroit is in Wayne County. Living in Detroit offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Detroit there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families live in Detroit and residents tend to be liberal.
About Detroit...
Population
679,865

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$42,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$773
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Detroit Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
D+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,520
    283
  • Murder
    40
    6
  • Rape
    104
    41
  • Robbery
    393
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,231
    500
  • Theft
    2,094
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,216
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%

Working in Detroit

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$27,838
National
$55,322
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Detroit Reviews

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I have lived in Detroit all my life, and although there are challenges in the city, the people will continue to make Detroit a better place to live. There are many exciting changes taking place in downtown Detroit and the Midtown area, but the neighborhoods are getting left behind in all the development and change taking place downtown. The neighborhoods can't continue to be neglected because the city will not thrive without the unique neighborhoods and people who make Detroit great! I only have fond memories of Detroit. I love visiting Belle Isle, which just happens to be one of my favorite places to visit in Detroit. Michigan is surrounded by lakes, and just getting outdoors and enjoying and appreciating nature in Detroit can provide hours of activities. Detroit has had it's share of ups and downs, but Detroit is looking toward the future and not the past. It will be the future, our strength as a city, and the hard work of the people of, that will define Detroit's future.
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Chances are if you aren't from the area (well, even if you are) you've heard less than welcoming commentary about Detroit. I'm here to inform you Detroit is making a comeback (hipsters collect)! The streets of Midtown are busier than they've been in decades. One of my favorite parts about Detroit is their lack of signs and abundance of paintings (AKA Graffiti) decorating the city with character. The city is beating bankruptcy and therefore doesn't carry the arrogant hustle and bustle of most cities. Detroit is humble, kind, and perseverant.
Detroit's current gentrification has flipped my neighborhood from mostly retired African-American grandparents providing daycare in run-down 100+ year old houses and vacant shells, to an integrated neighborhood with young couples renovating homes and gardens planted in new vacant lots. The Detroit Public Schools Community District still needs improving after decades of neglect & the new superintendent is adding innovative policies to raise the scores of all the public schools in Detroit. Jobs are plentiful if you work in Medical, Education, or IT. The Detroit Eastern Market is open year-round on Saturdays for the public to buy produce from 100+ vendors/farmers. The city has added miles of bike lanes to accommodate bicyclers. Wayne State University is one of the main players in Midtown which is also home to the Detroit Medical Center, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the historic Fisher Theater, and more.