Best Places to Raise a Family in Washtenaw County

Explore Washtenaw 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 Washtenaw 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 Washtenaw County on the list

Lodi Township

  • Average home value: $409,000
  • Population: 6,474

Lodi Township’s agricultural past carries over into the present with a rural feel. Families enjoy safe neighborhoods, good schools and access to excellent parks.

Webster Township

  • Average home value: $440,000
  • Population: 6,661

This historical town with a rural feel offers families great schools and parks. Its small town feel is a restful retreat from the bustle of nearby Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor

  • Average home value: $366,600
  • Population: 122,731

Ann Arbor is home to one of the most esteemed universities in the country as well as many awarded restaurants and small businesses. Ann Arbor itself is also highly awarded; it’s been ranked as the best place to live in the country.

Dexter

  • Average home value: $335,200
  • Population: 4,531

The majority of people in Dexter own their own homes and have access to the many good schools, small businesses and parks located in the city.

Pittsfield Charter Township

  • Average home value: $321,200
  • Population: 39,158

Pittsfield has access to excellent schools through two districts: the northern portion of the town is served by Ann Arbor Public Schools and the southern portion is served by Saline Area Schools.

Saline

  • Average home value: $261,200
  • Population: 9,072

Named for its natural salt springs, Saline has both natural charm and a thriving downtown. Families enjoy many annual festivals like the Saline Summerfest and Winterfest.

Superior Charter Township

  • Average home value: $221,600
  • Population: 14,913

This town is filled with history, as well as good schools, houses and jobs.

Dexter Township

  • Average home value: $372,300
  • Population: 6,719

Dexter Township’s combination of great schools, housing, jobs and outdoor activities makes it a strong choice as a place to raise a family.

Lima Township

  • Average home value: $295,200
  • Population: 3,995

Lima has access to excellent schools through two districts: the western portion of the town is served by Chelsea School District and the eastern portion is served by Dexter Community School District.

Saline Township

  • Average home value: $253,400
  • Population: 2,291

Saline Township is served by three public school districts: Saline Area School, Clinton Community Schools and Milan Area Schools. The vast majority of the town falls in the Saline Area School zone.


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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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