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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B-
Shepherd is a town in Michigan with a population of 1,492. Shepherd is in Isabella County. Living in Shepherd offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Shepherd and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Shepherd are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$108,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$599
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
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
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    133.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    598.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    284

Residents

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

Working in Shepherd

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,875
National
$55,322
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Shepherd Reviews

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I went to school in Shepherd from kindergarten through 12th grade. the schooling system is amazing, and great for such a small town.

The town itself is actually a village it's so small. The community is great, but there isn't much there. they have a pizza place, a bar, and ice cream shop, and other small random shops. They do have a Dollar General, McDonald's, and a gas station.

Every April they have a three-day festival called the Maple Syrup Festival, where there's a craft show, carnival, all you can eat pancakes, and more.

Shepherd is a small town, with little diversity.

Overall, a nice country village and nice place to live.
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Mitchell's Deli is the best place in town for pizza and convenience items. The family who owns this establishment is a local couple who are very involved in the community. They work closely with the school to help support the local sports clubs. They donate to families in need, and genuinely care about everyone's well being. It's a honor to support such a great local business!
Shepherd is the "sweetest little town, anywhere around!" It is a small village in the middle of the Michigan mitten. Shepherd is known for its annual Maple Syrup Festival, which takes place during the last week in April. It is a very safe town, family-friendly with excellent teachers within its public school system. The houses within the village range from years old to centuries old, and they tend to be on the pricier side. For more affordable options, there are many housing options on the countryside around the village. Shepherd has several quaint shopping spots, including antique stores and a dollar store, but there is no place to buy groceries. The nearest grocery stores are about a 10-15 commute. Overall, I would recommend Shepherd as a sweet, quiet little town that is a great option for families looking for a nice place to live.