Southfield 71 Excellent
Southfield Livability #297 ranked city in Michigan#11,004 ranked city in the USARanks better than 62% of areas
A+ Southfield Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Southfield Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% higher than Michigan
937% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Southfield cost of living
B- Southfield Crime Total crime is 11% higher than Michigan
Total crime
2,33310% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4310% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-27%Year over year crime is down
Southfield crime
D Southfield Employment Household income is 1% lower than Michigan
Median household income
$50,3719% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$29,3612% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%28% higher than the US average
Southfield employment
B+ Southfield Housing Home value is 12% lower than Michigan
Median home value
$113,10039% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0076% higher than the US average
Home ownership
49%23% lower than the US average
Southfield real estate or Southfield rentals
F Southfield Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than Michigan
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
28%43% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:12% higher than the US average
Southfield K-12 schools
D+ Southfield User Ratings There are a total of 6 ratings in Southfield
Overall user rating
58% 6 total ratings
User reviews rating
47% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
83% 3 total surveys
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      Living in Southfield, MI

      Located in the state of Michigan, Southfield is a medium-sized city with a population of 73,055 residents. With a total of 69%, the Black or African American racial group makes up the majority of the population in Southfield. The next most represented races are 24% White and 2% Asian. The average American spends an average of about 26 minutes on their one way commute each day. Lower travel times to work can increase overall happiness and allow for more time to be spent with family. While living in Southfield, your commute times will be about average with a one way commute time of 25 minutes.

      Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Southfield could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Michigan if you know where to look. With useful information like crime, cost of living, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Southfield and in the areas around Southfield is a much easier task.

      The livability score in Southfield is 70/100 and the city is ranked in the 65th percentile of all cities across America. If we check out each of the categories individually, we see that Southfield ranks well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B-) and housing (B+). There are some categories that Southfield does not rank well for, including: weather (D), education (F) and employment (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

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

      Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Southfield has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Southfield is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Southfield come in at $113,100, which is 11.5% lower than the Michigan average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Southfield, the home price to income ratio is 2.3, which is 8% lower than the Michigan average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Southfield area were 12.9% and 5 year appreciation rates were 15.5%.

      Southfield transportation information

      Average one way commute25min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work85.0%82.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.5%8.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.0%1.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.5%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.2%2.2%2.8%
      Working from home2.8%3.7%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)0 (1)12354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)0 (7)36711

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      Source: The Southfield, MI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).