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A+ Garden City Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Garden City Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to Michigan
Garden City
8812% less expensive than the US average
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Garden City cost of living
B- Garden City Crime Total crime is 19% lower than Michigan
Total crime
1,82234% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5534% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-9%Year over year crime is down
Garden City crime
D+ Garden City Employment Household income is 4% higher than Michigan
Median household income
$52,7885% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,86620% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%10% lower than the US average
Garden City employment
A- Garden City Housing Home value is 35% lower than Michigan
Median home value
$83,30055% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9965% higher than the US average
Home ownership
81%27% higher than the US average
Garden City real estate or Garden City rentals
F Garden City Schools HS graduation rate is 6% lower than Michigan
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
30%38% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:12% higher than the US average
Garden City K-12 schools

Living in Garden City, MI

Garden City, Michigan is a moderately-sized city with a population of 27,009 people. Garden City has a population density of 4,607 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (94% White). Given that fact, Garden City could be considered less diverse than other cities.

Living in Garden City can be a good experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of Michigan, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Garden City, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, weather, employment, housing and more.

Garden City, MI receives 76/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #113 in Michigan and #4,511 in the USA. Based on this score, Garden City would be considered a very livable city! For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Garden City ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (B), cost of living (B) and housing (A-). Garden City does not do well for the following: weather (D) and education (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Garden City, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Garden City can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Garden City. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Garden City are affordable. Median real estate prices in Garden City come in at $83,300, which is 34.8% lower than the Michigan average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Garden City, the home price to income ratio is 1.6, which is 36% lower than the Michigan average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Garden City will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Garden City, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 17.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 14.3%.

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Compare Garden City, MI Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Garden City, MI

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Detroit Golf, Detroit7512.91,616
Sherwood Forest, Detroit7512.9904
Minock Park, Detroit757.61,420
Rosedale Park, Detroit697.93,323
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Virginia Park, Detroit6813.32,005
Palmer Woods, Detroit6713.41,003
Blackstone Park, Detroit6711.72,082
Old Redford, Detroit677.7564

Best Cities Near Garden City, MI

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Berkley, MI8914.415,239
Huntington Woods, MI88146,330
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI8823.915,785
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI8823.69,265
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Farmington, MI889.710,526
Plymouth, MI887.28,956
Troy, MI8720.582,982
Grosse Pointe Park, MI8721.611,276
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Garden City Michigan: Detroit's Sister City

I had a great stay while living in Garden City Michigan, Detroit’s sister suburbs. I always felt secure in the city as well as neighboring areas. Crime is not an issue in the village that we have grown to know as Garden City. The living index is somewhat high nationally but is about average for the state. Newcomers may find it a little arduous to find above par school curriculum for their families, however, the teachers are generally professional and extremely helpful.

Many do not realize how much history Garden City has behind it. The town opened the first Kmart retail store in 1962. It also is home to the first and oldest Little Caesars on Cherry Hill Road, and the first eat-in McDonald’s. In my opinion, these are some of the best areas in Garden City. The city has a lot of appeal for families but does not have much to offer in the form of entertainment or amenities. This can easily be resolved by venturing out to Detroit or other metro areas.
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Source: The Garden City, MI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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