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  2. Crime & Safety
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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Royal Oak is a suburb of Detroit with a population of 58,973. Royal Oak is in Oakland County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Royal Oak offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Royal Oak there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Royal Oak and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Royal Oak are above average.
About Royal Oak...
Population
58,973

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$191,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$982
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Royal Oak Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    67.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    11.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    11.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    77.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    752.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    86
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    24%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

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Royal Oak is amazing! Always something new to do! Great food when you travel to Downtown Royal Oak! Everyone you meet is very friendly, great attractions during the summer. During Labor day weekend you can attend Arts, Beats and Eats, with great music playing, great food, and even greater fun at the amusement section!
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Great community! Family friendly, adult friendly! Close to Detroit, but still far enough away!
Schools are fantastic for the kids, high ranking in the state, and constantly moving forward with technology. Plenty of parks and bike friendly paths. Great fitness goals amongst the community. Intended to raise my son here.
His father works in downtown Detroit and enjoys his job. Comes home happy from a short commute, exited to spend time with his family!
Great city! Young, liberal crowd. Tons of restaurants and live music in the downtown area. On Woodward avenue which has many more stores and restaurants along it, as well as a direct route to downtown Detroit, MI. Diverse, expensive area for housing though due to taxes, but safe.