Best Places to Raise a Family in Oakland County

Explore Oakland County’s best places to raise a family in 2023, ranked by Niche.

Choosing a place to raise a family can impact the way a child sees the world.

Niche, a website offering rankings and statistics on towns, schools and colleges, also publishes a ranking of the best places to raise a family. See the rankings below to find out how towns in Oakland County stack up. 

These statistics were calculated based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, and family-friendly amenities. Data for these categories come from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC and other data sources. You can find the full methodology here.

Here are the top 10 best places to raise a family in Oakland County on the list:

1. Huntington Woods

  • Average home value: $386,100
  • Population: 6,382

In Huntington Woods, the public schools are highly rated and families have access to many parks. The city also houses a large section of the Detroit Zoo and the Rackham Golf Course.

2. Bloomfield Charter Township

  • Average home value: $479,500
  • Population: 44,043

With excellent schools, parks and family activities, Bloomfield Charter Township is regarded as a great place to raise a family, earning an “A+” from Niche in the “good for families” category. 

3. Beverly Hills 

  • Average home value: $403,100
  • Population: 10,593

Beverly Hills boasts high ranking schools and highly rated parks. The city earned an “A+” in the “public schools” and “good for families” categories from Niche and an “A” in the “housing” category. 

4. Birmingham

  • Average home value: $580,200
  • Population: 21,728

More than 20 parks and excellent recreational facilities make Birmingham a wonderful choice for families. Birmingham has also been ranked among the most expensive places to live in the state. 

5. Franklin

  • Average home value: $612,900
  • Population: 2,790

While Franklin is home to many businesses, the town feels surprisingly rural. The city earned an “A+” in the “public schools” and “good for families” categories from Niche and a “B+” in the “housing” category. 

6. Troy

  • Average home value: $335,00
  • Population: 86,912

Most people own their homes in this dense suburb. The town offers plenty of restaurants, coffee shops and parks, making it an attractive place to live for many young professionals and growing families.

7. Oakland Charter Township

  • Average home value: $459,900
  • Population: 19,848

Oakland Charter Township boasts the distinction of being one of the oldest townships in Michigan. Currently the Township is served by three school districts: Rochester Community Schools, Lake Orion Community Schools and Romeo Community Schools.

8. Novi

  • Average home value: $336,000
  • Population: 65,369

Novi is located on picturesque Walled Lake. Families enjoy excellent public schools, housing, outdoor activities and jobs. 

9. Rochester

  • Average home value: $393,700
  • Population: 13,048

Rochester’s picturesque surroundings offer families excellent access to parks and schools. Kids, and parents, too, have many options for healthy activities. 

10. Berkley

  • Average home value: $238,200
  • Population: 15,234

Berkley’s high scores in Niche’s categories for housing, public schools, jobs, cost of living and outdoor activities make Berkley an excellent choice for families.

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Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist, copy editor and proud Detroiter. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.


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