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A+ Flint Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A Flint Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% lower than Michigan
Flint
8119% less expensive than the US average
Michigan
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Flint cost of living
F Flint Crime Total crime is 115% higher than Michigan
Total crime
4,51875% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2375% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-9%Year over year crime is down
Flint crime
F Flint Employment Household income is 50% lower than Michigan
Median household income
$25,65054% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$14,92350% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
12%160% higher than the US average
Flint employment
F Flint Housing Home value is 77% lower than Michigan
Median home value
$30,00084% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$68228% lower than the US average
Home ownership
56%12% lower than the US average
Flint real estate or Flint rentals
F Flint Schools HS graduation rate is 11% lower than Michigan
High school grad. rates
77%8% lower than the US average
School test scores
24%51% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
33:1106% higher than the US average
Flint K-12 schools or Flint colleges

Living in Flint, MI

Located in the state of Michigan, Flint is a mid-sized city with a population of 98,918 residents. Flint is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (40%) and Black or African American (54%). Flint is very likely to be a great place to live for singles as only 40%, of the population (over fifteen) is classified as married.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Flint, Michigan. With useful information like crime, weather, education, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Flint and in the areas around Flint is a much easier task.

Flint, MI receives 55 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #635 in Michigan and #27,240 in the USA. This is a lower than the US average livability score as Flint does not rank well for most categories. In fact, Flint actually ranks among the lowest 10 percentile of cities across the nation. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Flint has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and cost of living (A). Regrettably for Flint, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), weather (D-), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Flint, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, The Whiting, and Flint Institute of Arts.

From the cost of groceries to never ending utility bills, monthly expenses can add up in a hurry. We are happy to report that the cost of living in Flint is actually 21.49% lower than the national average. You can definitely expect all those irritating monthly expenses to be less than most other cities.

Assuming that Flint meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Flint. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Flint are simply unattainable. The median home price for Flint homes is $30,000, which is 76.5% lower than the Michigan average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Flint, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 1.2, which is 52% lower than the Michigan average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Flint were 26.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.2%.

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Not a good place

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Unless you are a rust spirit, an aficionado of fine lead-based paints, or making a documentary, then please stay out. Shit all Walking Dead up in here.
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Worse than Detroit

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The water is undrinkable, crime is incredibly high. It’s polluted, the government is corrupt, there are way to many problems to count. Don’t move here, it’s worse than Detroit.
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don't. please. Jesus

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Don't go. Bad place. I swear to fu*k. you will die. Don't go. Ignore the fella giving it 4 stars. He's probably a serial killer.
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Tap water concerns

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Poor Flint. In the 1940s, 50s, 60s it was thriving. Buicks were made, workers prospered. After the Detroit riot of 1967 white flight, loss of revenue, manufacturing downturns, and the loss of downtown businesses the city spun out of control. Not a safe place. On the plus side, great Coney island dogs. But don't drink the water.
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Nothing To Do Here

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While living in Flint, MI for 10 years, I have come to the realization that there is really nothing to do in the area. The reason I moved here was to go to school, and I haven't left because I am working on completing a Master's degree. However, after that time, I plan to move. The overall town is quiet, which I like sometimes, but if you want something to do, you have to go to somewhere like Detroit. Some of the buildings in the town are run down to the point that they are frightening. The city doesn't take the time to care for the streets as it wants to spend money on the developing areas on the outskirts of the area.

If you have children, then the Flint Children's Museum is an option. There are plenty of hands on activities and exhibits of older items, like a stage coach that has been made to look like a circus car. That's one of the things that I've found about Flint. There are numerous museums in the city. You can find a museum about science, history and just about anything else, but if you want a nice place to eat or a mall to go shopping, you have to travel about 20 minutes away. Stepping Stone Falls is perhaps the most relaxing place to go, and it's where I spend a lot of time when it's warm. There is a pond in the middle of tall rock formations with small waterfalls at various intervals. This is a town that is going downhill, and it needs a creative touch.
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From The Perspective of Someone Who Lives Here

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I have lived in Flint my entire life and I have never been a victim of crime. Is the crime rate high? Absolutely. Flint's poverty rate is extremely high and there is a definite problem in the community with people who would rather take from others than attempt to live honestly. Honestly, the majority of violent crime hat happens in the city happens to people who live in the worst parts of town and associate themselves with the worst people.

I resent the previous reviewer even adding his two-cents as he is from Kalamazoo. From my experience, people from mostly smaller towns with less diverse communities come into Flint and experience some kind of culture shock. It is true that the city's median income is much lower than other surrounding cities, there are a lot of abandoned houses if you drive through the neighborhoods. There is barely a tax base so yeah, city property goes unmowed and the state police patrol the streets along wih Flint police.

Honestly, none of that affects the average tourist (and yes, people actually come to Flint and live to talk about it). Most attractions are downtown, where Flint police, state police, and UM-Flint police all have jurisdiction. It is the safest area of the city. Attractions include the Cultural Center which holds the Planetarium, Whting Auditorium, and the FIA, the Crim, Back to the Bricks, and the art walk, among other things.

Honestly, unless you're walking down Dort Highway at three in the morning, or aimlessly wandering through neighborhoods on the city's north side around that same time, it's very likely that you'll never even have a problem.
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Flint MI... a modern day ghost town

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For starters I'm not trying to insult the women who posted the comment about Flint and how she loved it and went to crossroad village, but I'm not sure how anyone could find flint a nice place, and it really pains me to say that.

I've lived in Michigan my entire life, most of it in Kalamazoo MI but I've been to Flint many times and let me tell you its a scary place. Yes there are nice parts of Flint but few, Flint holds the most crime per ca-pita in MI and its almost a ghost town. Flints population really only accumulated due to a GM plant back in the day and when that plant pulled out it left like 3/4 of Flints population jobless, since then Flint has just gone down hill. I've honesty never heard of anyone going there for vacation or a weekend get away. I almost have a hard time believing the previous post because she made Flint sound like a cozy little town, and its honestly in about as rough of shape as Detroit if not worse.

The next thing about Flint is that in my experiences there is no nightlife, I would never go walking around Flint after about 7, that's just asking for trouble. With so many people leaving Flint the police have had serious struggles keeping intact, that factor mixed with the high number of unemployed individuals has created serious gang problems.

I love my state Michigan but Flint is in awful condition and i don't see why anyone would have the desire to go there, I hate saying that but sadly it's true.
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Flint, Michigan - A Good Experience

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While on a recent business trip to Detroit, I took a couple of days to explore the region, and was amazed at the quaint city of Flint. Although Flint, Michigan is only an hour's drive from Detroit, the ambience is a world away.

On the first day of my trip to Flint, we spent time exploring Crossroads Village and the Huckleberry Railroad. I enjoyed going back to the Victorian-era and traveling through the rolling countryside. My favorite part of this day was entering old buildings, like the post office and the general store, from the early 1900's and enjoying life as it was back then.

Within the city of Flint there are other great attractions to experience. The children's museum is a great place to take the kids. The farmer's market is open three days a week and we found a wide variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, baked goods, and flowers. For dinner, we enjoyed O'Malley's restaurant, an American pub with Irish influence. Cranberries Café was also great for lunch. I stayed at the Courtyard by Marriot and felt right at home, but on my next visit I hope to stay at the Avon House Bed and Breakfast as I've heard great things!
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Source: The Flint, MI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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