Best Places To Live

27. Farmington, MI

Farmington, MI City of Farmington
Top 50 rank: 27
Population: 10,378
Farmington is largely residential, with most residents commuting to other Detroit metro towns for jobs in information technology, engineering or the auto industry. Homes are extremely affordable, with a median sale price just over $100,000. Farmington boasts a historical downtown, alongside some more modern shops and restaurants. The area is currently being renovated, with over $3 million invested toward increasing retail opportunities and walkability. –H.L.

Farmington, MI

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $81,117
Job growth % (2010-2012) 3.32%
Median home price (2012) $118,525
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 19.9%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 53.4%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 15


Median family income (per year) $81,117
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $83,557
Sales tax (state) 6.00%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 4.25%I
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 4.25%I
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $2,108
Job growth % (2010-2012) 3.32%


Median home price (2012) $118,525
Average property taxes (2012) $2,487


Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 32
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 19.9%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 53.4%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 69.2/30.8

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 76.2%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 15
Median commute time (in minutes) 21.5
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 10.0%
% population walk or bike to work 1.0%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 41
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 3,951
Bars (within 15 miles) 451
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 270
Libraries (within 15 miles) 82
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 6
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.2


Annual rainfall (inches) 32.89
% clear days in the area 49%
High temp in July ° F 85.7°
Low temp in Jan ° F 16.1°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 39.1
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 76.2%
Married % 53.2%
Divorced % 10.9%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 125.6

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