What are the best two cities in Oakland County? If you are asking that question I need to know more about your situation. Do you have a move to Oakland County due to a job transfer? Or maybe you are just looking to move closer to family and friends? There are so many very good towns in the Detroit suburbs. I am just going to randomly chose two of the best cities in Oakland County. I am going to do it somewhat on geographics. This will narrow your search for the best cities in the county to chose from.
You will find that many of communities around metro Detroit are just like the communities from the area you are living in now. So what are you looking for in a town? Are you looking for an active downtown area? Are you looking for a safe community? Do you have children and want a good school system? If you move often with your work you will probably want to find a home that will go up in value so you do not lose money on when you move a few years from now.
There may be many different criteria that you have. It’s my goal as a Metro Detroit realtor to tell you about all the communities in Metro Detroit and in Oakland County that fit your wants and needs. You may not want to buy a home in any county but Oakland County. Then that’s where we will focus our search. Let’s talk about the best cities in Oakland County. Like I said above there are many of them. We have communities that have active downtowns like the city of Rochester, the city of Milford, and the city of Royal Oak just to name a few of the towns that have great downtowns.
Another factor may be for you is a safe community. A community that you do not have to worry every time your spouse or kids go out. The majority of Oakland County communites are very safe. The city in Oakland County that has higher crime statistics is the City of Pontiac. The other cities that will have higher crime statistics will be communities that are just outside of Detroit. Cities like Ferndale, Lathrup Village, Southfield, and Oak Park sometimes have higher crime from the spillover from the City of Detroit. Sometimes the further you go away from Detroit the lower the crime is.
Here is another factor home buyers always ask about….the school systems and how good are the schools. There are many, many really good schools systems in Oakland County. Troy Schools, Novi Schools, Birmingham Schools, Bloomfield Schools are usually ranked very high in Michigan student tests. Those four schools are just the tip of the iceberg. West Bloomfield schools, Walled Lake Schools, Rochester Schools and so many other Oakland County school systems will provide your child with a great education to succeed in life and prepare for college.
Two top safe cities in Oakland County
Let’s go over the two communities in Oakland County that we will look at. They are just two of the good cities that you can chose from in the county. I honestly don’t know which town to start with as there are so many good cities in Oakland County. The first city that I think is one of the best cities in Oakland County is Franklin MI. I would say Franklin Michigan is more about the homes and the lots. There is just a very, very small city center with just a few stores. The most notable business and structure is the Franklin Cider Mill.
If you have never been to the Franklin Cider Mill you probably do not even know the Village of Franklin even exists. Franklin is just north of Southfield MI in the south central Oakland County. It is just south of Bloomfield Township. It is a tiny community that is known for the cider mill. The cider mill is unique in Metro Detroit that it is more or less in a urban area and actually in Bloomfield Township just across the street from Franklin’s boundaries. People flock to the cider mill in the fall for the donuts and the cider. What is nice that even with the fall visitors traffic is still minimal. The village has a population of approximately 3,150 and is known as “The town that time forgot.” Franklin MI is approximately 2.7 square miles and is bounded by Telegraph Road on the east and Inkster Road on the west. The village was named after Benjamin Franklin. If you are considering relocating to Franklin and do not know the area…..Telegraph Road is a main thoroughfare in Metro Detroit. It runs all the way from Toledo to suburbs another 10 miles north of Franklin. Telegraph Road connects you to I-696 expressway.
What would I say about Franklin homes and real estate? BIG LOTS…..SPRAWLING HOMES. So many of the homes in Franklin Michigan is on lots of ½ acre or more. So many of them have lots with even more than an acre. Much of the area is gently rolling hills with trees that are fifty to a hundred years old. So it makes a beautiful setting for any home.
Birmingham is another great city to live in. Let’s talk about Birmingham. Birmingham is one of the best cities in Oakland County because……..It’s not a huge city. It has a old hometown feel like Franklin does. You can walk or ride a bike to the downtown area. That is one of the reasons I like Birmingham MI because it has a great downtown area that many people come to from around Metro Detroit. It draws people to it’s stores, restaurants, and bars. Of course people come to the many businesses in the downtown area too. It has an old theatre and events like the Woodward Dream Cruise draws thousands of people to the city.
Birmingham, Michigan lies along the Woodward Avenue Corridor, in Oakland county, is 5 miles SW of Troy and 17 miles NW of downtown Detroit.The city is considered part of the Detroit metropolitan area. From Woodard you can drive right downtown.
The unemployment rate in Birmingham is 3.5% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%).
Birmingham MI schools
Birmingham students consistently score and rank near the top of Michigan scholastic scores. They are very good schools. Schools where they will be very well prepared for college and life after high school. Birmingham public schools spend $16,887 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 14.8 students per teacher in Birmingham. According to Niche Birmingham Schools rank 8th out of 55 6 schools as one of the best school districts in Michigan. It ranks 10th in the safest school districts in Michigan out of 578 schools. It ranks 13th as one of the best places to teach in Michigan out of 552 school districts. Not only are Birmingham Schools are great, there are many good private schools in the area too. Detroit Country Day, Cranbrook, Brother Rice, and Marian High School.
So if you are looking for a safe community Birmingham is it. That is why I say Birmingham is one of the best cities in Oakland County to move too.
When you have an Oakland County relocation it pays to know which are the best communities in Oakland County Michigan. Let me tell you that there are many great communities in the county. If you are relocating to Michigan you probably have a list of what you want in a home and probably know what you want in a community. We will provide you the information to make a sound decision about the community along with the home.
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