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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A
Hillsdale is a town in Michigan with a population of 8,170. Hillsdale is in Hillsdale County. Living in Hillsdale offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Hillsdale there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Hillsdale and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Hillsdale are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$85,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$617
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Hillsdale 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
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    98.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    98.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    12.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    208.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,153.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    73.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    25%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Hillsdale

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$33,783
National
$55,322

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Hillsdale Reviews

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I love the small college town. There is plenty to do outdoors--many lakes, an extensive bike trail, public parks. The downtown remains small, but local business owners have sprung up new coffee places and deli shops that have made it a quaint place to visit. It is very rural, and so it has the issues any small town does with drug areas. However, the college maintains a strong influence on the town, economically and socially.
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Although I used to want to leave, I have grown to love my little country town of Hillsdale. I really enjoy the many parks and nature settings that present throughout town, from the "Arb" by Hillsdale College, to hiking in Lost Nations, to strolling the ponds of Lewis Emery. It's a safe, quaint, family friendly environment that isn't too far of a drive to nearly larger cities and attractions, without the daily hustle and bustle. I wish there were more of a nightlife scene, especially since we are a college town. Breweries would be a good idea here, maybe a country bar, and Hillsdale college themed sports bar, just some ideas. Also, it would be great to have Recreation Center in town, not only the sports complex at the college, and to continue adding to the Baw Beese trail walking/biking path.
Hillsale is not a very good place for the night life, but we have an incredible fair that comes to town every year, and the 4th of July parade and fireworks are always nice as well. Hillsdale has many cute shops and the school is great.