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Russ Ravary
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Best Cities to live in Detroit suburbs
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Livonia fire departmentWhat are the best and safest communities in Wayne County Michigan?  If you do not know Wayne County includes all of the City of Detroit  and also includes the western and southern suburbs of Detroit.  Urban sprawl has now made Monroe and Washtenaw Counties with western and southern suburbs of Detroit too.  Add in schools and you will ask what are the safest communities in Wayne County MI with good schools. Moving to any state for a job can be stressful and moving to Michigan is no different.  You may not know what the Metro Detroit area is like or what the safest cities near  downtown Detroit are.  The two major concerns for most Michigan relocation clients are " is the community safe" and "how are the schools?" 

When you and your family are considering your next move to the suburbs of Detroit you may want to know the better communities that lie west of downtown Detroit.  You may be going to work at Ford Motor Company or you may work at metro Airport.  You may work downtown and want an easy drive down I-96.  Your spouse may work in the opposite direction in Ann Arbor and you may want to split the driving time for both of you.  So living west of downtown Detroit may be your best choice rather than living in the northern counties.

When I say the four best cities near Detroit in the western suburb of Detroit I mean cities that have low crime, good schools, and that are desirable cities to live in.  Usually when you buy a home in a community that has low crime and good schools the housing prices are stable or rising.  That means when it is time for you to sell your home in the future you should be able to get more for the home. 

Plymouth Ice Festival

Here are four of the best communities in the western suburbs of Metro Detroit.

  • Canton Township MI
  • City of Livonia Michigan
  • City of Plymouth Mi & Plymouth Township MI
  • City of Northville Michigan & Northville Township MI

All of these communities are centrally located along the I-275 corridor and I-96 is not too far.  I-275 runs north south about 20 minutes west of Detroit.  I-96 runs east west into downtown Detroit.  When it runs into I-275 the expressway changes names to M-14 and runs west to Ann Arbor.  These two expressways making getting around Detroit area and to the airport easy.  That is what makes these the better communities in SE Michigan.

These four good communities in Wayne County have good schools.  Schools that will prepare your children for life and get them into good colleges.  Schools that have good programs including STEM programs.  These communities residents are a mix of blue collar workers and white collar workers.  I would say Plymouth and Northville are more desirable to many home buyers.  These two communities are a little more white collar.

What is great is that these communities is that they are safe too.  These 4 communities are very safe.  When you move to any one of these communities you are not going to have any drive by shootings.  There are no gangs or mafias running the streets or neighborhoods.  There are no drug dealers openly selling and doing drugs on the street.  You are not going to find hypodermic needles lying on the streets or parks.

There are no burnt out or abandoned homes in these communities.   No junk or abandoned cars on the streets or vacant lots.  Just neatly manicured homes.  Pride of ownership shows in these cities.  Community ordinances on what can be stored outside maintain a nice community.  A place you will be proud and happy to live in.

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Canton was settled much earlier but subdivisions started popping up in the 1960′s and 1970′s.  During the building boom of the 1990′s and 2000′s they started building bigger homes.  You will find smaller 1200 square foot ranches up to colonials over 2500 square feet.  You will find As of the 2020 the township had a population of 98,659.] Canton Township is Michigan's second most-populated township, and the ninth most populated community overall. The township is ranked as the 96th highest-income place in the United States with a population of 50,000 or more and is also consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in the state and nation. In 2015, the township was ranked as the 29th safest city in the United States.

Livonia is what I would call a starter communities.  It has hundreds of 900- 1500 square foot ranches.  Easily affordable for many first time home buyers. The population was 95,535in 2020, which ranked it as Michigan's ninth most-populated municipality. Livonia is located about 2 miles west of the city limits of Detroit, separated only by Redford. Originally organized as Livonia Township in 1835, it incorporated as a city in 1950.  >In addition to its schools, colleges, churches, parks, recreation center, libraries and the St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Livonia also has commercial and industrial sectors.

Northville is one of Metro Detroit's prestigous communities.  Sure you will find small ranches but you will also find many homes ranging from $700,000 to over a million dollars.  The population was 5,970 in 2010.  Northville is located about 11 miles  west of the city of Detroit and 17 miles northeast of Ann Arbor. Part of the city is in Oakland County and is surrounded by the city of Novi, while the other part is in Wayne County and is surrounded by Northville Township.  Henry Ford purchased a factory in Northville and moved machinery from plants in the area to the factory in 1919. Known as the Northville Valve Plant, the plant was rebuilt in 1936, and enlarged in 1956. The plant provided valves for every Ford car built.  

Moivng to downtown Plymouth

Plymouth is another town that home buyers love.  Part of the reason is the downtown area.  It is a lively downtown area that so many people come to over the year.  The population was 9,132 in 2010.  Plymouth is located about 10 miles west of the city of Detroit.  The City of Plymouth has a variety of shops and restaurants surrounding Kellogg Park, the de facto center of town. The Inn at St. John's, a hotel conference center and golf resort, is located in Plymouth. The city offers more than fifty recreation programs for all age groups, an NHL-size ice arena and twelve parks. It also organizes major community events such as the popular Fall Festival, Ice Sculpture Spectacular and the Art in the Park, and access to the Plymouth-Canton school district, with a unique complex composed of three high schools located on one 305-acre  campus and is now one of the highest populated high school campuses in the country with close to 6500 students and over 800 faculty members  

Best real estate agents in Wayne County MIThese are just four of the best communities west of Detroit.  You and your family will love living here in any one of these cities.  If you are looking for a great community around the Detroit area give me a call.  I will provide you with the information to make a smart decision.  Michigan is a great place to live.  Remember we have great lake communities near Detroit. 

I work with all the relocation companies to make your move easier.  If you are not working with a relocation company that is fine too.  Give me a call or text today to get started.  My cell is 248-310-6239.  Hire one of metro Detroit's best real estate agents

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