Best Cities 2010: Detroit, MI

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Best Cities 2010: Detroit, MI

Visit the Wayne State University and the surrounding area, where you will find many of Detroit’s prominent museums

City: Detroit

State: Michigan

Best Cities Overall Rank: 101

About Detroit:

The city is home to the world’s only floating post office, which can be found on the Detroit River’s home to the world’s only floating post office, the J.W. Westcott II.

Negotiations are taking place to create the world’s largest urban farm.

County: Wayne

Population: 912,062

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Detroit News

Detroit blogs:

MichMoms Blog
MichDads Blog
Detroit Mommies


Detroit‘s Facebook page: Follow Detroit on Facebook

Detroit‘s Twitter page: Follow Detroit on Twitter


Education rank: 88

High School graduation rate 2007: 58.42%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 3

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0.33

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 262

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 16.80

Total Expenditures Per Student: $13,066


Health rank: 96

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.11

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 1


Safety rank: 98

Violent Crimes, 2008: 17,428

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,910.83

Sex Offenders: 2,687

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 294.607


Economy rank: 86

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 26.40

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 15.6

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,703.15

Median Home Sale Price: $24,300

5-Year Home Value Index: -1.89%

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 13.76%


Recreation Rank: 77

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 5,890

Parkland per 100,000: 645.79


Photo courtesy of Mike Russell