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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Ferndale is a suburb of Detroit with a population of 20,159. Ferndale is in Oakland County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Ferndale offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Ferndale there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Ferndale and residents tend to lean conservative.
About Ferndale...
Population
20,159

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$131,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$975
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Ferndale Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    129.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    29.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    34.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    258.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,209.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    228.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    28%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Ferndale

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$61,060
National
$55,322

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Ferndale Reviews

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Ferndale is a great area! It's accepting of diversity and multiple cultures. Ferndale is full of many positive people and businesses. Living in Ferndale, I haven't heard much about negative crime. To be able to walk down the streets a night with a group of friends is a privilege. In most areas, people aren't able to walk down the street by themselves. Because Ferndale is a small area, it has many events that not only satisfy the entire city but a place that has enough fun/love for everyone who visits!
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Plenty to do, great restaurants, diverse and progressive community that genuinely cares and is helpful. Ferndale has many fairs/street festivals during the warmer months. The city government is very respective to issues and how new projects or changes will impact the residents.
I absolutely love living in Ferndale!

We are progressive and inclusive, we celebrate all cultures and beliefs, and all people are welcome here!