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Dearborn Gets Nod as One of the Best Places to Live in Michigan

Credit Donkey cited Dearborn's crime rate, average income and other factors in naming it one of the Top 10 best places to live in the Great Lakes state.

The city of Dearborn offers great opportunities for residents to interact, including an annual “garden envy” tour that opens some of the best yards in the city up to the public. (Photo: City of Dearborn Facebook page)
The city of Dearborn offers great opportunities for residents to interact, including an annual “garden envy” tour that opens some of the best yards in the city up to the public. (Photo: City of Dearborn Facebook page)

Dearborn is one of the best places to live in Michigan, according to a new ranking.

The mention comes from Credit Donkey, which says Dearborn is the eighth-best place to live in Michigan based on five factors:

  • The odds of being a victim of violent crime (one in 302)
  • Commute time (21.6 minutes)
  • Income ($46,792)
  • Residents who attended some college but did not earn a degree (22.2 percent)
  • Restaurants per capita (one per 357 residents)

Here’s what Credit Donkey had to say about Dearborn, where Henry Ford’s landmark invention, the Model T, sold for $850 when it first rolled off the assembly line in 1909:

“Less than ten miles from Detroit, Dearborn is the eighth largest city in Michigan with a population of just over 96,000. Despite its size, Dearborn still has a relatively low crime rate, and commute times average less than 22 minutes. Dearborn's economy is driven largely by manufacturing, and it’s the home of the Ford Motor Company as well as Severstal, a steel production company. The city's population is one of the most ethnically diverse in the state, with residents hailing from a variety of European, African, and Arab nations.”

The Top 10 includes some other cities around the Tri-County area:

  1. Portage
  2. Midland
  3. Livonia
  4. Royal Oak
  5. Troy
  6. Southfield
  7. Ann Arbor
  8. Dearborn
  9. Novi
  10. Kalamazoo

Lee Jacobsen July 01, 2014 at 01:39 AM
Dearborn should be ranked ahead of Ann Arbor, which pretty much caters to the college crowd, and not much else. Dearborn has great places to dine, including one of the only two remaining Beef Carvers, Mongolians, the small chain restaurants like Leons, or 'The Red Olive, or big chains , like The Olive Garden. The diversity of restaurants is endless. Dearborn has the top tourist attraction in the state, The Henry Ford, and Greenfield Village, attracting close to 2 million folk from around the world. Dearborn is the place to visit to see large Mosques, and lots of women folk dressed from head to toe, even in the summer months. Dearborn is the second Mecca. Taxes are low, services top notch, and our Mayor is nowhere as crooked as other nearby Mayors, he truly looks out for the best interests of Dearborn, as does the Dearborn Council. Terry Jones loves to visit Dearborn, and, correct me if I am wrong, but he was so excited by the experience , that he even shot himself in the foot. The largest Memorial Day parade?, right here in Dearborn. Most important, the friendliest folk are Dearbornites. All towns can use some improvements, Dearborn could benefit with a more historical theme in it's downtowns, East and West, and a slower Michigan Ave to attract more business besides commuter traffic, but those enhancements are in the master plan, so the future looks promising. How can Portage even compare???? Dearborn is world famous , the home town of Henry Ford. Portage is a tourist summer retreat....and how did Livonia and Royal Oak even make the list??? On second thought, Royal Oak does have the Detroit Zoo, which is ok...

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