Population: 683,443Median home value: $41,000 57 Ranks better than 11% of areas

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A+ Detroit Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Detroit Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% lower than Michigan
8020% less expensive than the US average
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Detroit cost of living
F Detroit Crime Total crime is 193% higher than Michigan
Total crime
6,597140% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 16140% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
13%Year over year crime is up
Detroit crime
F Detroit Employment Household income is 48% lower than Michigan
Median household income
$26,24953% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$15,56248% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
12%154% higher than the US average
Detroit employment
C- Detroit Housing Home value is 68% lower than Michigan
Median home value
$41,00078% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$75421% lower than the US average
Home ownership
48%24% lower than the US average
Detroit real estate or Detroit rentals
F Detroit Schools HS graduation rate is 16% lower than Michigan
High school grad. rates
72%13% lower than the US average
School test scores
17%65% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
23:141% higher than the US average
Detroit K-12 schools or Detroit colleges

Living in Detroit, MI

Detroit is a big city located in the state of Michigan. The city has a population of 683,443 people. In Detroit, there are 4,927 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. In Detroit, the most common ethnic group is Black or African American with a total of 80%. This is followed by 14% White and 1% Asian ethnic groups. All the single ladies (and all the single fellas) might want to take notice as only 36% of the Detroit population is married.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Detroit, Michigan. Finding the best places to live in Detroit and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, education, housing and other important metrics.

The livability score in Detroit is 57/100 and the city is ranked in the 11th percentile of all cities across America. Compared to the United States average, this city has a score which ranks among the lowest in the nation, and it is not considered a very livable city. For each of the livability categories, we know that Detroit ranks very well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (A-). On a more negative note, Detroit does not have favorable ranks for the following: crime (F), weather (D), education (F) and employment (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Detroit on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Comerica Park, Detroit Institute of Arts, and Detroit People Mover.

The Detroit unemployment rate (0%) has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. Finding a new job in the area might just be easier than you thought!

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Detroit is real estate affordability. The median home price for Detroit homes is $41,000, which is 67.9% lower than the Michigan average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Detroit, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 1.6, which is 36% lower than the Michigan average.

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Compare Detroit, MI Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Detroit, MI

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
English Village, Detroit773.5688
Detroit Golf, Detroit757.71,616
Medical Center, Detroit751.71,336
Sherwood Forest, Detroit758.6904
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Minock Park, Detroit7510.81,420
Downtown, Detroit720.24,983
Joseph Barry, Detroit703.5445
Rosedale Park, Detroit6910.33,323

Best Cities Near Detroit, MI

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Berkley, MI8913.615,239
Huntington Woods, MI8812.16,330
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI8810.615,785
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI889.29,265
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Farmington, MI8819.210,526
Plymouth, MI8821.78,956
Troy, MI8718.282,982
Grosse Pointe Park, MI876.911,276
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This city's livability is ranked "50" for a reason...

So I am born and raised in Detroit, been here all of my life. But it is no longer the cool city it once was. With bad Mayors, bad leaders in general, bad economy, and the recessions, Detroit has suffered tremendous blows. As a result, the job market is terrible, housing is so cheap you could buy it out of pocket almost, most neighborhoods have a series of abandoned broken down empty houses on them, the energy of people is low, the esteems are low, and just a hum-drum dark place to live. However, Detroiters are tough, and we try to make to best of what we have. We do have great parks, great entertainment, great music, great clubs, and great historical sites. We are only a few minutes away from Windsor ONT Canada thru the tunnel. So I think these things are the only things that keep us going. But unfortunately, the most important things that sustain life (housing, employment, education, crime, weather, etc..) are horrible here. I am about to move myself, and even though this will always be "home", I need a better life than this one. If you coming for a visit, we have fun things to do, so you'll probably have a good time, we are still Motown and the Motor City. But if you are trying to start a new life and wanting to move, I would look at other places first. If still interested, make sure you visit our neighborhoods, and actually talk to Detroiters to get a real perspective on Detroit as a whole. We are slowly making a comeback, but to me, it's coming back too slow.
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Hyperbolic Unsure Monkeys

great Dee-troit Pitza, enjoyable night life, there's always something happening. I would really recommend the pitza, there's nothing quite like the Dee-troit Pitza. Move over New Yowk, Dee-trit is the best Pitza.
  • 1 -5
Enjoyed our stay

My wife and I scratched off a bucket list item for me... Kid Rock live in concert (to boot a brand new arena) front row seats... It was off the chain awesome... Kudos to Detroit for their hospitality while visiting the city.... Drove right at 14 hrs. From Arkansas to see this... Great performance and everyone was most hospitable and helpful while there...
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Great suburbs orbiting a black hole

Don't believe the revitalization hype. The renovations are in very localized regions around which the rest crumbles. Unemployment, entitlement and lack of education are really the watchwords for the city and its residents. City servants? Don't park on the street because it really doesn't matter whether you feed the meter or not: you will get a ticket. Revenue's gotta come from somewhere. There is some shopping and there are some great museums around Wayne State University. The rest is a wasteland. Beware the wild dogs as you stalk pheasant and coyotes. If you are shooting pictures, be real careful. And don't even think of it at night. Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Grosse Pointe are great suburbs. Marvelous shopping and neighborhoods. Great schools. But they are dangerously close to that sinkhole and might fall in if they ever lose focus. There are enlightened souls trying to do just that in the name of "understanding" and the like. Best advice: if you want urban living where the city has really turned things around, try Pittsburgh. Seriously.
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Move along.... nothing here to see....

The Metro Detroit area looks like one could imagine a worn torn middle eastern country ravaged by strife, neglect, Poverty... the list goes on.Everything will cost you $$$$$ in Michigan. Car insurance, home owners insurance, renters insurance, vehicle repairs, food, beverages, parking, events....Very non dog friendly. The Extreme contrast of weather in the summer and winter months makes living in Michigan unbearable.
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The Motor City

Detroit was quite the city until the 60s and it will be again. It hit bottom and is on the rise. Physical infrastructure problems will be an issue for decades. Schools are challenged to teach kids who so often are living in an environment which does not value education. Serious drug and crime issues. Safety is a great concern. Popular mayor and police chief are leading the charge to make Detroit better. However, a good many residents are a burden on society, unwilling to contribute to making the city a good place to live, or incapable of doing so. Gangs are problematic. Lots of guns. The flip side is real estate is cheap. And there is energy and excitement. Urban pioneers are doing great things in the D.
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Detroit, MI Needs Credit Where Credit Is Due

I moved to Detroit MI about five years ago after living in Brooklyn my entire life. For anyone who has never been to Detroit before it might be easy to assume that moving from one major city to the next should not be a problem. The truth is, these two cities are very different from one another, especially at first glance. The good news is that after spending some time here and really learning to accept the city, I find that there are more similarities between the two then there are differences. One thing is certain, Detroit is much more than it appears to be to the casual observer.

This city is not just for car makers, nor is it only a city that is broken and filled with crime. It has its fair share of problems and it has shouldered the burden of more than its fair share of them in the past. However, every city in the world has the side of town where all the postcards are taken and the other side that no one wants anyone else to know about. Detroit is no different.

The city actually has quite a lot to offer, especially for anyone objective enough to see it for what it is. The GM building is rather breathtaking to look at and it defines the downtown area. On Woodward Avenue, there is a very unique building that has every single window painted by a professional artist. Considering that this is the heart of the arts district, it is easy to understand why this is so popular. However, the positive aspects of the city do not end there. Greektown is a great place to go to try some of the best restaurants in the city, as well as to enjoy a night life that practically never ends. Then there is my personal favorite restaurant, Giovanni's. Overall, Detroit MI is a good place to live. It has its problems, but who doesn't? Check out the ratings below to get a better idea of what it is like to live here.
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Transplant from Chicago, Detroit is on my most avoided list

I have lived in the Detroit suburbs for 6 years now. I avoid Detroit like the plague. I lived in the Chicago burbs for 30 years and looked forward to a trip to the city. Museums, Art Galleries, Aquariums, Nightlife (several areas), fantastic Restaurants, great public transportation within the city as well as from the suburbs (Metra trains travel from all suburbs to Chicago). I travelled to Detroit a few times for football games, Eastern Market, and work Christmas parties. Driving through Detroit is depressing, it is a city that has mainly bad areas with a few good ones. We would pass the "theater district" which was butted up against vacant lands, dilapidated buildings, trash, basically a wasteland. The rest of the state is trickling down taxes to keep Detroit afloat, yet they still cannot do so. They closed the Detroit Science Center, which was fun and interactive for kids and adults alike. The Detroit Institute of Arts is on the verge of closing their doors unless a tax is passed in surrounding counties to keep it open. The Detroit Zoo is located in Royal Oak, MI. Another fun attraction is the Henry Ford Center and Greenfield Village which is located in another suburb, Dearborn. There are fantastic restaurants in the suburbs, no need for Detroit. There is fantastic nightlife in the suburbs, again no need for Detroit. Unemployment is high, Blight is high, Poverty is high. It is difficult to walk down the street in Greektown without being approached by panhandlers. At least in San Francisco, or Chicago they are juggling, playing an instrument or something entertaining. It is very sad that a city that was once thriving, is now broken. If Detroit was smart they would reign in their borders, bring the population closer in proximity, be able to use the fire/police/emergency personnel in a more efficient way, and maybe start rebuilding sometime in the future. I wish the best for you Detroit, but I will not help keep you afloat, it's time for tough love and hard decisions.
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Living in the D

I was born and have lived in Detroit for much of my life, I have a great affinity for it. I won't lie, sometimes loving "the D" is pretty hard. Like a brother that has a reputation for being trouble, I find myself at once defensive of my hometown, and protective of it with a fierce love, while still worrying about its future.

It is strange to live in a city that people are afraid of. Detroiters, unable to change public worldwide perception, often embrace it. We revel in the moment when someone tries to hide the shock or even fear on their face when we answer the question "Where are you from?" with "Detroit."

We also smile with Cheshire grins when people turn their noses up at us. We know something they don't know. Detroit, despite its decay and obvious problems, remains a city with a pulse unlike any other. The architecture is amazing, with buildings unique in their design, dating back to the art deco period of the early 20th century. The restaurants boast an eclectic blend of tastes and flavors from around the world that reflect Detroit's population, with Greek, African, Italian, Irish, Middle Eastern and many other styles represented. The music scene out of Detroit is legendary. Motown is alive and well nightly with the sounds of talented local musicians of every genre spilling out of the nightclubs. Detroit is being revitalized, with a beautiful riverfront that houses shops, clubs, restaurants and sports venues. I am proud to live in Detroit and I love introducing visitors to its many charms.
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Great Deals when visiting, and also to live there a if you have job

I lived in Detroit from 1998 to 2005.

I moved to the Detroit area from a smaller city an hour and a half north of the city. I moved to a Detroit Suburb to attend College. I lived in two suburbs of Detroit and a high rise right downtown a few blocks from where the Detroit Tigers play at Comerica Park. So I have a varied base for my review. Detroit has a bad reputation, some of it rightly so, let's be honest. As is often the case the worst makes the news, and that's what people base their opinions on. There are a lot of empty rundown buildings in the area, and there are areas of the city that are not safe for outsiders or the residents for that matter. I'm sure that all major cities suffer to some extent in the same way. The percentage of these bad areas just happens to be much higher. So when comparing I would say it's not any worse or more dangerous, there is just more of it geographically.

In its heyday Detroit was the fastest growing city in the world, now it's a city in decline or limbo depending on who you ask. I enjoyed my time there, as an architecture student I was intrigued by the decay and empty buildings. The arts community has embraced the current urban landscape, by converting old warehouses into co-op studios and galleries. They river front has been developed with a water fountain, walking and bike paths. You can also rent bikes right there on the river front. When in lived in downtown Detroit there were several new restaurants opening, filling in the vacant store fronts. It was exciting to see. I go back several times a year and I see that some have come and gone but I still see progress towards a more vibrant downtown.

I currently live in Chicago, IL and have visited several other major cities. Now standing on the outside, I think if you have a good job, Detroit or its suburbs is a good place to live. The key being a job, as the unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country. The cost of living there is really low compared to the other cities I have been to. Your money can go pretty far in the Detroit area. I see that the city is trying to draw new industries to the area, and I think if that happens and jobs are there, Detroit is prime for a rebound. I see a lot of potential; it just needs to find its momentum.

If you are looking to visit Detroit you will find low prices for good quality accommodations. The nightlife may not be all concentrated in one area like you're used to in other big cities, but it is there. A quick internet search is all it takes. While the Detroit area does have a bus system, from what I hear you cannot depend on it. You will need a car to get around.
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Detroit, MI - Somebody Please Give Me A Reason To Go Back!!!

I was unlucky enough to visit the city of Detroit, MI in January/2000's. I'm not sure if it was the weather or the fact that my cab driver almost killed me on my ride to the hotel, but my first impression was not good. Once my brain thawed out from the cold, I finally got my bearings. I stayed at the Marriott (400 Renaissance Dr). The hotel was the highlight of my trip to Detroit. It was located right on the Riverwalk, which as you may have guessed, is right on the water. There was a great bar/restaurant that was always busy at night and served good snacks. The best part was a 5 story atrium that looked out over the water. Overall, a great hotel for the price (under $100/night).

The city of Detroit itself is very industrial in my opinion. There are many large buildings, most with as much character as a shrub. If you're looking for good food in Detroit, you might be on a wild goose chase. Aside from the local McDonalds and Burger king, I couldn't find anywhere decent to eat. I did visit the Detroit Institute of Arts which had a great art collection. But other than that there were not many attractions in Detroit that I could see. The local residents seemed unwilling to have any kind of conversation, even when asked for directions.

Overall, Detroit didn't provide a great experience. Maybe I'm missing something, but someone please give me a reason to go back!
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A Guide Through the City of Detroit, Michigan

Separating facts from myths about the city of Detroit is sometimes a very hard thing to do. Yes, there are some very poor neighborhoods with a great deal of poverty-stricken residents out of work and looking for housing. There is also some of the best nightlife that you will be able to find in the continental United States. Detroit has also become the mecca for multicultural living, as people from all walks of life have decided to call the city of Detroit their home.

That being said, there is also the bad side to a city like Detroit, as there always is with larger cities in the United States. The amount of pollution in the air makes it difficult to breathe at various points throughout the day. The sheer number of factories that make up the Detroit workforce makes this an evident issue. Also, transportation around the city of Detroit has a lot to be desired. City buses are fairly scarce, which makes walking around Detroit seem like an arduous, unpleasant task.
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