Best Places to Raise a Family in Wayne County

Explore Wayne 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 Wayne 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 Wayne County on the list:

1. Northville Township

  • Average home value: $449,100
  • Population: 31,311

Northville Township is home to some of the world’s top automotive businesses. The city earns an “A” in the jobs category from Niche. The township is a great fit for outdoorsy families, as there are many pathways, wooded areas and parks. 

2. Northville 

  • Average home value: $369,100
  • Population: 6,106

This city has highly rated public schools and parks. There are many family friendly festivals throughout the year in this historic town. 

3. Grosse Pointe Park

  • Average home value: $380,900
  • Population: 11,529

Located along Lake St. Clair are the five Grosse Pointes: Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe City, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Shores. Each suburb offers stellar park access for family activities, historic downtown shopping and excellent schools. 

4. Grosse Pointe Farms

  • Average home value: $364,400
  • Population: 10,018

Located along Lake St. Clair are the five Grosse Pointes: Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe City, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Shores. Each suburb offers stellar park access for family activities, historic downtown shopping and excellent schools. 

5. Grosse Pointe

  • Average home value: $347,500
  • Population: 5,597

Located along Lake St. Clair are the five Grosse Pointes: Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe City, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Shores. Each suburb offers stellar park access for family activities, historic downtown shopping and excellent schools. 

6. Plymouth

  • Average home value: $362,000
  • Population: 9,308

With a dense suburban feel, Plymouth offers families access to many restaurants, coffee shops and parks. 

7. Grosse Pointe Woods

  • Average home value: $274,000
  • Population: 16,353

Located along Lake St. Clair are the five Grosse Pointes: Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe City, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Shores. Each suburb offers stellar park access for family activities, historic downtown shopping and excellent schools. 

8. Canton Charter Township

  • Average home value: $284,500
  • Population: 97,591

Canton’s numerous businesses make life easier for families–including its many shopping options. WIth good schools and a good commute, Canton Charter Township ranks highly for families.

9. Plymouth Charter Township

  • Average home value: $337,700
  • Population: 27,775

Plymouth Charter Township earns an “A” in the “public schools” and “good for families” categories from Niche and an “A-” in the categories for housing, jobs and outdoor activities. 

10. Grosse Ile Township

  • Average home value: $305,700
  • Population: 10,682

This safe and small community offers families a unique place to live–the “Big Island” is the largest island on the Detroit River.


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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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