Rochester Hills Named 14th Most Livable City in Michigan by USA Today

Education, Safety, and Home Values

The City of Rochester Hills is proud to announce that Rochester Hills was the only city in the State of Michigan to be recognized in USA Today’s Top 50 Most Livable Cities. In fact, Rochester Hills was ranked 14th Most Livable City in America. Carmel, Indiana was ranked number one.

According to USA Today, while in neighboring Detroit crime and economic decline have reduced the value of a typical home, homes in Rochester Hills have continued to appreciate and are now roughly $90,000 more than the U.S. median home value. 

Family playing football in a front yard in Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills Named 14th Most Livable City in Michigan by USA Today

In 2016, Rochester Hills was recognized at the Safest City in Michigan and the 6th Safest City in the Nation according to FBI data. Along with a historically low unemployment rate, currently at 2.9%, the city is also experiencing their lowest vacancy rates ever. Rochester Hills currently has 99% occupancy in our technology parks and 97% occupancy city-wide.  

The USA Today article also mentioned education as a large indicator. “High school students in Rochester Hills test better than students in any city in Michigan other than Troy or Ann Arbor, and 57.3% of adults have at least a bachelor’s degree — far more than the 31.3% of adults nationwide,” said the report.

In addition to this, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that three schools within Rochester Hills were awarded National Blue Ribbon status for 2017. Only 13 schools were nominated statewide.

“Our entire team is focused every day on being the preeminent place to live, work, and raise a family. To have those efforts validated both as #1 in Michigan and in the top 15 nationally is a recognition our entire community is responsible for,” said Mayor Bryan K. Barnett.

Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted one of the top places to live by several sources including CNN Money magazine & USA Today, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education, and technology; the community continues to attract forward-thinking leaders and businesses.

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